Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
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)
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)
(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)
ACLU: Fight ban on abortion when heartbeat is heard, at 6 weeks.
Kim Reynolds: Ban abortion after heartbeat is heard, at 6 weeks.
Rob Hogg: Vote against abortion ban at 6 weeks when heartbeat is heard.
Tom Fiegen: Vote against abortion ban at 6 weeks when heartbeat is heard.
Carly Fiorina: Liberals believe in protecting flies, but not human life.
Joni Ernst: Affordable access to contraception.
Mitt Romney: Was pro-choice, now proudly pro-life.
Rudy Giuliani: Personally oppose abortion, but let the woman decide.
Budget & Economy|
Chet Culver: 2009: across-the-board cuts of 10%, to balance budget.
Barack Obama: Bush & GOP dug budget hole; need years to dig out.
Barack Obama: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don�t need them.
Bill Richardson: Balanced 5 state budgets; priority to balance federal budget.
Bill Richardson: Supports restricted Constitutional balanced budget amendment.
Bill Richardson: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don�t need them.
Chris Dodd: Federal budget much more complicated & diverse than states�.
Hillary Clinton: Look back to 1990s to see how I�d be fiscally responsible.
Joe Biden: Balancing budget is about priorities; GOP made wrong choices.
Joe Biden: Save Pentagon spending by getting the troops out of Iraq.
John Edwards: Get rid of structural deficiencies in American economy.
Duncan Hunter: Budget deficit & trade deficit to China create security risk.
Fred Thompson: $9 trillion debt affects our national security.
Fred Thompson: Deficit spending ok for military, infrastructure, and R&D.
John McCain: Loss of economic strength leads to losing military strength.
Mike Huckabee: Do things differently so people need not sacrifice.
Mitt Romney: Economic strength comes from people, not from Washington.
Mitt Romney: Cut deficit via waste, like 342 different economic programs.
Ron Paul: Give up American empire; that reduces debt without sacrifice.
Ron Paul: We spend too much, tax too much, & print too much money.
Rudy Giuliani: Retire 42% of federal employees in next decade, to save $20B.
Rudy Giuliani: Restrain Congress� spending; don�t ask people to sacrifice.
Rudy Giuliani: 10% across-the-board cut; people can get services other ways.
Tom Tancredo: End womb-to-tomb protections; stick to Constitutional limits.
Fred Hubbell: Proud of Iowa's equal protection for same-sex couples.
Kim Reynolds: Same-sex marriage issue is now settled law.
Republican Party: Define marriage as one natural man and one natural woman.
Rick Santorum: Pro-worker Republican; only 10% of Americans own businesses.
Ted Cruz: Get senseless obstacles from Washington out of the way.
Barack Obama: Cap the farm subsidies for Fortune 500 companies.
Bill Richardson: Eliminate $73 billion in corporate welfare.
Joe Biden: We�ve yielded to corporate America on trade.
Rudy Giuliani: Reduce corporate tax from 35% to 25%, to increase revenue.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Corporate tax cut would reduce revenue by half.
Fred Hubbell: Life sentence is sufficient instead of death penalty.
Kim Reynolds: Opposes reinstating the death penalty.
Cindy Axne: Supports decriminalization, not necessarily legalization.
Fred Hubbell: Wait-and-see on decriminalizing marijuana.
Mike Huckabee: Common Core morphed into a frankenstandard that I oppose.
Rick Santorum: Reform education; only 30% get college degrees.
Michele Bachmann: Don't censor intelligent design, but it's a state issue.
Barack Obama: Get parents re-engaged in educating the children.
Bill Richardson: Make education a top priority and scrap No Child Left Behind.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM teacher salary only moved from 44th to 36th.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM test scores have not made �enormous progress�.
Chris Dodd: Parents are the first teachers.
Hillary Clinton: Fully fund special education & 21st century classrooms.
Joe Biden: Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes.
John Edwards: Provide continual education for those in the work force.
John Edwards: A comprehensive plan to improve education.
Alan Keyes: We allowed the judges to drive God out of our schools.
Duncan Hunter: Unions and status quo run good teachers out of teaching.
Fred Thompson: The NEA opposes school choice; we must stop them.
John McCain: We need more choice and competition in education.
Mike Huckabee: Education is a state issue, not a federal issue.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: AR improved test scores, but still below-average.
Mitt Romney: Education is not just the teachers� union.
Mitt Romney: Bush was right on No Child Left Behind.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: US scores at 50% internationally, not 10%-25%.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: MA 1st in test scores, but was 1st before Romney.
Ron Paul: Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff.
Rudy Giuliani: Let parents be the deciders on their children�s education.
Tom Tancredo: We don�t need the Department of Education.
Energy & Oil|
Rob Hogg: Address climate change with solutions that work for economy.
Bob Krause: 1978: Supported bipartisan gas tax increase.
Bill Richardson: 30% renewable sources in our electricity by 2020.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: Reducing GHGs by 90% costs households $800/yr.
Joe Biden: The energy challenge take sacrifice and is a moral crusade.
Duncan Hunter: Give incentives in R&D to find new energy sources.
John McCain: Climate change is real and must be addressed.
John McCain: FactCheck: Oil independence will take 25 years, not 5 years.
Mike Huckabee: Biofuel mandates are not necessary.
Mitt Romney: Invest in new technologies to get us off of foreign oil.
Tom Tancredo: Give incentives in R&D to find new energy sources.
George Pataki: Opposed to RFS: no ethanol mandate in gasoline.
Barack Obama: Promote green technologies and fuel efficiency standards.
Chris Dodd: Advocate a corporate carbon tax.
Hillary Clinton: Advocate a cap and trade system.
John Edwards: Deal with energy independence in a serious way.
Families & Children|
Ted Cruz: Opposes the unrelenting assault on traditional marriage.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Teenage birth rate declined from 1991 to 2005.
Mitt Romney: Strong military, strong economy, and strong families.
Carly Fiorina: I've accomplished something by traveling around the world.
Mike Huckabee: Islamic terrorism is the country's most pressing issue.
Barack Obama: Obama Doctrine: ideology has overridden facts and reality.
Barack Obama: China is a competitor but not an enemy.
Chris Dodd: Stay engaged; US has been AWOL on Israel for 6 years.
Chris Dodd: Human rights and security are not opposing interests.
Chris Dodd: FactCheck: No, Chinese government prosecutes slavery.
Hillary Clinton: Establish coherent diplomatic approach toward China.
Hillary Clinton: Establish leadership & moral authority via multilateralism.
Joe Biden: Doctrine of crisis prevention, not preemption.
John Edwards: US has ignored China because of obsession with terrorism.
John Edwards: Edwards Doctrine: long term vision over ad hoc policy.
Ron Paul: Focus on the Iraq war and foreign policy.
Patty Judge: Oppose TPP: I don't know that free trade is good for Iowa.
Bob Krause: Emergency legislation emphasizing fair trade.
Barack Obama: Enforce existing safety laws against Chinese products.
Barack Obama: NAFTA needs to be amended.
Bill Richardson: Ban contaminated toys and food from China.
Chris Dodd: China gains advantage by slavery & currency manipulation.
Chris Dodd: We need to get fair with China.
Dennis Kucinich: We need a policy of constructive engagement with China.
Dennis Kucinich: Either buy America or bye-bye America.
Joe Biden: No to tariffs; just enforce the law.
Joe Biden: Built environmental and labor standards in trade agreements.
John Edwards: Enforce country-of-origin labeling laws to deal with China.
John Edwards: Human rights should be central to the US trade policy.
Duncan Hunter: NAFTA is a bad business deal.
Fred Thompson: Free and fair trade is the backbone of our economy.
John McCain: Consider subsidies a mistake, and oppose them.
Mike Huckabee: A free country must feed, fuel, & fight for itself.
Mitt Romney: Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries.
Ron Paul: Look at the monetary system and deal with the trade issues.
Rudy Giuliani: NAFTA has been a good thing and should be enforced.
Tom Tancredo: Oil trade imbalance is a national security risk.
Tom Tancredo: NAFTA has been a disaster for many places, especially Mexico.
Lamar Alexander: Fast-track helps farm exports.
Fred Hubbell: Supports term limits for Iowa governor.
Kim Reynolds: Opposes term limits for Iowa governor.
Rob Hogg: Repeal the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Ben Carson: 5-year federal hiring freeze, to decrease size of government.
Terry Branstad: 2010: No fees for government records; 2011: imposed fees.
Bill Richardson: Focus on Iraq, energy reform, and restoring the Constitution.
Hillary Clinton: Never abuse the purpose of signing statements.
Joe Biden: Radical change to preserve family farmers.
John Edwards: Use signing statements as in the past, unlike Bush.
Alan Keyes: Focus on moral sovereignty, tax reform, & sealing the border.
Duncan Hunter: Focus on the military, immigration, & the industrial base.
Fred Thompson: Focus on the budget, social policy, and bipartisanship.
John McCain: Focus on homeland safety, restoring trust, and fiscal policy.
Mike Huckabee: Focus on uniting the country.
Mitt Romney: Focus on global Jihad, immigration, tax cut, and healthcare.
Rudy Giuliani: Focus on terrorism, immigration, tax cut, & small government.
Tom Tancredo: Focus on immigration and a war against radical Islam.
Orrin Hatch: Mental health check as part of background check.
Orrin Hatch: Gun violence problems can be solved by more enforcement.
Donald Trump: Save Medicare & Medicaid without cutting them to the bone.
Ted Cruz: Support nuns' battle for religious liberty against ObamaCare.
Bruce Braley: Repealing ObamaCare would deprive millions of insurance.
Joni Ernst: FactCheck: False claim that ObamaCare cut Medicare benefits.
Barack Obama: Reforms in prevention and drug price negotiation save money.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Reducing obesity would save $18B, not $1T.
Bill Richardson: Universal health care is a right for every American.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: Between 7% and 31% of costs are administrative.
Carly Fiorina: On Benghazi: I'm familiar with America's allies and enemies.
Donald Trump: Defeat ISIS and stop Islamic terrorists.
Newt Gingrich: Threat of militant Islam is comparable to pre-WWII Nazis.
Sarah Palin: Muslim jihadists threaten our way of life.
Joe Biden: Cut $350B in military programs, from Star Wars to F-22�s.
Fred Thompson: Intelligence and parts of our military were neglected.
Lindsey Graham: Legal status for undocumented workers.
Ben Carson: Common-sense solutions: guest workers plus harsher penalties.
Rick Perry: If Washington refuses to enforce the border, Texas will.
Chet Culver: Feds should deal with immigration, not state police.
Terry Branstad: Cops should check citizenship status during traffic stops.
Barack Obama: Paying more at Wal-Mart is worth it for having US jobs.
Chris Dodd: Preserve and protect the farms in Iowa.
Mike Huckabee: Excessive taxes, red tape, and litigation cause job losses.
Principles & Values|
Joni Ernst: Obama administration misused power to spy on Trump.
Cindy Axne: Government out of church decision on contraception insurance.
Jack Hatch: Iowans are ready for a fresh start.
Barack Obama: Focus on Iraq, revising presidential power, and healthcare.
Chris Dodd: Focus on the Constitution, Iraq, and the Middle East.
Hillary Clinton: Focus on foreign policy and revising executive orders.
Joe Biden: Focus on Iraq, ending torture, healthcare, and education.
John Edwards: Focus on the Iraq War, healthcare, and global warming.
Alan Keyes: Be authentic about who you are.
John McCain: Able to work with others with own set of principles.
Mike Huckabee: Treat others as you wish to be treated.
Mitt Romney: Draw upon the strengths of the conservative principles.
Ron Paul: All political action�s goal should be to preserve liberty.
Ron Paul: The term �revolution� was coined by the supporters.
Elizabeth Dole: Economic health masks serious societal problems.
Fred Thompson: Reform entitlements now so our grandkids don�t have to.
Rick Perry: Lower taxes & less regulation made Texas a job leader.
Bill Richardson: End unfair & unequal tax structure for wealthiest 2%.
Hillary Clinton: Want to restore the tax rates we had in the �90s.
Joe Biden: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don�t need them.
John Edwards: Get rid of the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
Alan Keyes: FairTax turns off spigot that funds political ambitions.
Duncan Hunter: The IRS and current tax system cost too much.
Duncan Hunter: FactCheck: Cost of IRS compliance is $150B,not $250B.
Fred Thompson: Preserve the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003.
John McCain: Reform the tax code that nobody trusts and believes in.
Mike Huckabee: Support FairTax with a tax credit for the poor.
Mitt Romney: Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families.
Ron Paul: The most sinister of all taxes is the inflation tax.
Rudy Giuliani: Support a flatter and simpler tax and less corporate tax.
Tom Tancredo: Believe in a fair tax system.
Art Small: Tax cuts have short-term benefit and long-term costs.
War & Peace|
Barack Obama: Iran: Bush does not let facts get in the way of ideology.
Chris Dodd: Exercise caution but pursuing diplomacy with Iran.
Chris Dodd: Keep all options on the table for Iran.
Dennis Kucinich: I was right the first time; now no evidence of nukes in Iran.
Dennis Kucinich: US role: security for Israel and a state for Palestine.
Hillary Clinton: Continue diplomatic engagement with Iran.
Hillary Clinton: Believed, with others, that Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon.
Joe Biden: Accept NIE conclusion that Iran stopped nukes in 2003.
Joe Biden: Muslims don�t like us because they do not trust us.
John Edwards: Stop the neocons march to war with Iran.
John Edwards: Muslim dislike from Bush�s bullying abusive behavior.
Mike Gravel: Iran�s not a problem, never has been, never will be.
Tom Tancredo: Stop policing Iraq, but cannot leave.
Art Small: Neocons still believe there are WMDs in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
Michele Bachmann: Liability shield to allow charities to provide healthcare.
Chris Dodd: Help lift people out of poverty and give them opportunities.