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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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)

Book Reviews

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Democratic Primary Debate, December 19 at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, co-hosted by PBS Newshour and Politico.com


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  • Amy Klobuchar (5) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
  • Andrew Yang (6) Democratic candidate for President; CEO
  • Barack Obama (1) Democratic President (elected 2008)
  • Bernie Sanders (6) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Cory Booker (1) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
  • Elizabeth Warren (7) Massachusetts Senator
  • Joe Biden (7) Democratic V.P.
  • Pete Buttigieg (9) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
  • Tom Steyer (7) Possible Democratic candidate for President from California
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    Sixth Democratic primary debate, with seven candidates, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; moderated by Judy Woodruff from CNN; Tim Alberta from Politico Magazine; Yamiche Alcindor and Amna Nawaz from PBS Newshour.

  • This debate took place on December 19, 2019, one day after Republican President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives; we include several excerpts on the lengthy impeachment discussion.

  • In order to have qualified for the debate, candidates had to bring in the support of at least 200,000 unique donors and register at least 4 percent support in four qualifying polls or at least 6 percent support in two approved polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina.

  • Sen. Cory Booker did not make the debate qualifications; Booker led eight other presidential candidates in a letter asking the DNC to "consider alternative debate qualification standards" for four primary debates scheduled for early 2020.

  • In the wake of this debate, and after the announcement of criteria for the January debate, Secretary Julian Castro withdrew from the presidential race, on Jan. 2, 2020.

  • The debate criteria for this debate were:
    -Over 200,000 unique donors
    -And 4% support in four qualifying polls
    -Or 6% support in two polls in the early voting states (IA, NH, NV, and SC)

  • Sen. Booker ran a TV ad during the debate, which we excerpt below.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Andrew Yang: People have jobs, but many need two or more to get by.
    Bernie Sanders: FactCheck, yes, 3 top people wealthier than half of America.
    Pete Buttigieg: This economy works for Wall Street, but not for middle class.
Civil Rights
    Andrew Yang: Fix racial disparity with MLK's idea of a guaranteed income.
    Elizabeth Warren: Trans-gender community has been marginalized.
    Pete Buttigieg: Look at reparations to mend generational theft of racism.
    Tom Steyer: Support disabled by undoing tax breaks to rich.
Energy & Oil
    Amy Klobuchar: Reverse Trump climate rollbacks and put a price on carbon.
    Amy Klobuchar: Show how investment in climate change will benefit Midwest.
    Andrew Yang: Supports next-generation thorium reactors.
    Joe Biden: Tax credits for solar power on homes.
    Pete Buttigieg: Make all Americans part of the climate solution.
    Tom Steyer: Nuclear isn't competitive: focus on wind & solar & batteries.
    Tom Steyer: Climate crisis is opportunity for good middle-class jobs.
Families & Children
    Andrew Yang: Money and men are tied together: we are a misogynist society.
    Andrew Yang: New normal is families with special needs or autism.
    Barack Obama: Better world with women in charge instead of old men.
    Elizabeth Warren: Fully fund IDEA for special-needs schooling.
Foreign Policy
    Amy Klobuchar: Trump impeachment about foreign power influencing elections.
    Bernie Sanders: Address root causes to end these endless wars.
    Joe Biden: Protect the Uighurs, but no military action against China.
    Joe Biden: Israel must embrace two-state solution.
    Pete Buttigieg: China uses technology for perfection of dictatorship.
    Pete Buttigieg: Trump welcomes white nationalists, plays at being pro-Israel.
    Tom Steyer: Work with China as a frenemy under all circumstances.
Free Trade
    Amy Klobuchar: Supports USMCA because it improves labor standards.
    Bernie Sanders: USMCA agreement does not prevent outsourcing or talk climate.
Government Reform
    Amy Klobuchar: Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.
    Elizabeth Warren: I've done 100,000 selfies, at no cost for each handshake.
Health Care
    Bernie Sanders: Medicare-for-all costs average family $1200 instead of $12K.
    Elizabeth Warren: A president can cut Epi-pen costs all by herself.
    Joe Biden: Medicare-for-all plan costs $30 trillion & will raise taxes.
Homeland Security
    Elizabeth Warren: Guantanamo prison is an international embarrassment.
Immigration
    Pete Buttigieg: Fast-track to citizenship for kids in cages at border.
    Tom Steyer: Trump is only against immigration for non-white people.
Principles & Values
    Bernie Sanders: Trump has documentedly lied thousands of times as President.
    Cory Booker: This election is about all of us standing together.
    Elizabeth Warren: Prosecute Trump for corruption and violating constitution.
    Elizabeth Warren: I don't sell access to my time to big-dollar donors.
    Joe Biden: Constitutional necessity to impeach, do not re-elect Trump.
    Pete Buttigieg: Congress had no choice but to impeach Trump.
    Pete Buttigieg: I'm the only presidential candidate who's not a millionaire.
    Pete Buttigieg: No purity tests: welcome Republicans and wealthy people.
    Tom Steyer: Trump officials should testify for court of public opinion.
Tax Reform
    Tom Steyer: Cut taxes for 95% of Americans by 10%.
Technology
    Andrew Yang: Press misrepresents how Trump got elected.
    Joe Biden: Install 550,000 charging stations on all new highways.
War & Peace
    Bernie Sanders: I was wrong on my vote for Afghan War; remove all troops.
    Joe Biden: I opposed Afghan surge starting in 2009.


The above quotations are from Democratic Primary Debate, December 19 at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, co-hosted by PBS Newshour and Politico.com.
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