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)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election|
| What Happened ,|
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Hard Choices,|
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
| Becoming ,|
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| 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)
Fred Hubbell: AdWatch: commitment to Planned Parenthood.
Patty Judge: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood.
Patty Judge: Strong advocate for protecting access to women's health care.
Joni Ernst: Human life begins at conception.
Joni Ernst: Affordable access to contraception.
Joni Ernst: Personhood amendment is a statement of pro-life principle.
Doug Butzier: Leave abortion decisions to the states.
Sam Clovis: Human life begins at conception.
Rob Hogg: Restricting abortion for "women's safety" won't win approval.
Christopher Reed: Very pro-life; no abortion under any circumstances.
Budget & Economy|
Tom Fiegen: Why did nobody from Wall Street went to jail?
Chet Culver: 2009: across-the-board cuts of 10%, to balance budget.
Doug Butzier: Market-led recovery better than federal stimulus.
Sam Clovis: BBA to stop saddling generations to come.
Matthew Whitaker: Top priority: Grow the economy.
Sam Clovis: Top priority: Balancing the budget.
Joni Ernst: I've castrated hogs so I know how to cut pork.
Patty Judge: Strong advocate for LGBTQ rights.
Patty Judge: Take action to end gender discrimination in pay.
Bob Krause: 67% of Millenials support gay marriage.
Joni Ernst: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Doug Butzier: Affirmative action is government interference in marketplace.
Doug Butzier: Declaration's "All men are created equal" applies to gays.
Sam Clovis: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Joni Ernst: Federal ban ok, but leave same-sex marriage to states.
Joni Ernst: Endorsed by RightNOW Women PAC to escape "war on women".
Matthew Whitaker: My faith requires me to support traditional marriage.
Chuck Grassley: Wait for DoD report before considering Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell.
Roxanne Conlin: No 2nd-class citizens: repeal DOMA and Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell.
Christopher Reed: Define marriage as one man and one woman only.
Christopher Reed: Donít-ask-donít-tell caused disruption in military.
Patty Judge: Our corporate tax code is broken; MNCs don't pay fair share.
Tom Fiegen: Banks that are too big to fail are too big to exist.
Tom Fiegen: Disallow corporate tax havens; tax income when earned.
Joni Ernst: Eliminate rules which inhibit strong free-market economy.
Patty Judge: Reform mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders.
Chuck Grassley: Expand mandatory minimum s for firearm & terrorism offenses.
Doug Butzier: Stricter punishment doesn't reduce crime.
Joni Ernst: Independently investigate sexual crime in military.
Patty Judge: Legalize medical marijuana, but not recreational use.
Chuck Grassley: Ardent and vocal opponent of marijuana legalization.
Patty Judge: Not vocal about legalizing, but opponent vocally against it.
Jay Williams: Yes, I did use illegal drugs, like other angry young men.
Chuck Grassley: End mandatory life sentence for three drug convictions.
Doug Butzier: Legalize marijuana & all drugs; $80B wasted on War on Drugs.
Joni Ernst: Voted to legalize medical cannabis oil.
Patty Judge: Increased access to Pell Grants & student loan refinancing.
Patty Judge: Commitment to a quality public education.
Rob Hogg: Excellent schools are of utmost importance.
Jay Williams Iowa: My youngest son and I got our GED's on the same day.
Tom Fiegen: We are forcing a lifetime of slavery to student loans.
Joni Ernst: Eliminate Department of Education but keep Pell Grants.
Doug Butzier: Vouchers for school choice are a good start.
Matthew Whitaker: Common Core is one-size-fits-all, top-down solution.
Sam Clovis: FactCheck: Common Core originated with governors, not feds.
Sam Clovis: Common Core is federal overreach in spending and control.
Joni Ernst: No federal involvement in Common Core standards.
Matthew Whitaker: Common Core is cram-it-down-your-throat reform.
Energy & Oil|
Rob Hogg: Wind & solar power work; Keystone pipeline unneeded.
Rob Hogg: It is time to act on climate change.
Patty Judge: Global warming is real and we need to take immediate action.
Patty Judge: Move away from fossil fuels & toward a clean energy economy.
Rob Hogg: Expand solar power, wind energy, ethanol.
Tom Fiegen: Transform away from fossil fuels, and towards sustainability.
Rob Hogg: Address climate change with solutions that work for economy.
Bruce Braley: Supported Keystone Pipeline initially, then rejected it.
Joni Ernst: Drives hybrid car, but doubts climate change is man-made.
Doug Butzier: Prioritizing green energy is just tax favors.
Joni Ernst: Meeting with Big Oil doesn't make me feel uncomfortable.
Sam Clovis: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Sam Clovis: Obama's "Climate Resilience Fund" just redistributes wealth.
Matthew Whitaker: Cap-and-trade proposal stifles the American dream.
Chuck Grassley: Biodiesel is not controversial, unlike ethanol.
Roxanne Conlin: Grassley voted against extending biodiesel tax credit.
Bob Krause: 1978: Supported bipartisan gas tax increase.
Christopher Reed: Drill for more American oil to reduce gas prices.
Tom Harkin: Develop cellulosic ethanol, wind, and solar.
Patty Judge: Address serious water quality problem in Iowa & nationally.
Tom Fiegen: Democratize and decentralize our food production.
Rob Hogg: Urgently address challenges of environmental sustainability.
Doug Butzier: Clean air and water are in the public domain.
Joni Ernst: No more Agenda 21: no United Nations eminent domain.
Patty Judge: Use our diplomatic power to help create peace and stability.
Doug Butzier: Dialogue via UN ok, but no US troops under UN control.
Matthew Whitaker: No foreign aid to countries that don't like us.
Patty Judge: Oppose TPP: I don't know that free trade is good for Iowa.
Bob Krause: Focus trade policies on middle-class incomes.
Tom Fiegen: I am concerned about lopsided trade agreements.
Doug Butzier: Free trade is the very foundation of prosperity.
Bob Krause: Emergency legislation emphasizing fair trade.
Patty Judge: Address unlimited amounts of undisclosed campaign money.
Patty Judge: Special interests get too much help from Congress.
Jay Williams Iowa: Campaigning without financing, to fight toxic system.
Jay Williams Iowa: Fight nominating process of secretly pre-selected candidates.
Tom Fiegen: Whoever underwrites your campaign, owns you.
Rob Hogg: Focus on campaign-finance reform and voting rights.
Rob Hogg: Repeal the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Joni Ernst: Photo ID for voting.
Doug Butzier: Make sure that votes are legal, & that people vote only once.
Sam Clovis: Photo ID for voting.
Bruce Braley: AdWatch: Opponent never made a peep about wasteful spending.
Joni Ernst: AdWatch: I grew up castrating hogs; I know how to cut pork.
Christopher Reed: Washington is broken & canít be fixed by European socialism.
Patty Judge: Supports banning assault rifles.
Chuck Grassley: No-fly lists are imperfect; allow gun sales to those on them.
Patty Judge: Block gun sales to those on terrorist watch-lists.
Joni Ernst: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Doug Butzier: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Sam Clovis: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Bruce Braley: Allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence.
Bruce Braley: Ban sale of high-capacity magazines & recall existing ones.
Sam Clovis: Reduce gun violence but not by punishing gun manufacturers.
Patty Judge: Look again at affordable health care.
Bob Krause: 70% of Millenials support ObamaCare.
Tom Fiegen: Stop the scam of paying generic drug makers to NOT sell.
Rob Hogg: Supports the Affordable Care Act.
Bruce Braley: Repealing ObamaCare would deprive millions of insurance.
Joni Ernst: ObamaCare is egregious overreach of federal government.
Joni Ernst: FactCheck: False claim that ObamaCare cut Medicare benefits.
Bruce Braley: Vehemently opposes tort reform: don't take away right to sue.
Bruce Braley: ObamaCare should be fixed and improved, not repealed.
Doug Butzier: Opposes ObamaCare.
Sam Clovis: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Bruce Braley: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Joni Ernst: Voted against Medicaid expansion in Iowa.
Sam Clovis: Keep ObamaCare rule: kids can stay on parent's plan until 26.
Chuck Grassley: Medicare has more drugs by not negotiating prices like VA.
Roxanne Conlin: Negotiate prescription drugs for Medicare like we do for VA.
Christopher Reed: First cut waste, fraud, & abuse in Medicare/Medicaid.
Patty Judge: Military is last resort, when diplomacy is exhausted.
Bob Krause: Improve conditions for veterans, including PTSD & MSA.
Tom Fiegen: Take care of veterans and their families.
Joni Ernst: I understand the importance a strong national defense.
Bruce Braley: Yes, missed 75% of Veterans' hearings; but made 97% of votes.
Doug Butzier: Stop expanding the military.
Sam Clovis: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Joni Ernst: Military experience always plays role in decision-making.
Joni Ernst: Keep veterans in forefront of all foreign policy decisions.
Patty Judge: DACA and DAPA are first steps toward reforming broken system.
Bob Krause: 67% of Millenials support pathway to citizenship.
Joni Ernst: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Bruce Braley: Supports comprehensive reform but not amnesty.
Doug Butzier: Turn illegal aliens into taxpayers by legalizing them.
Sam Clovis: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Patty Judge: Increase the federal minimum wage & all working wages.
Patty Judge: Take action to increase the minimum wage.
Patty Judge: Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, instead of tax breaks.
Bob Krause: Increase minimum wage; increase union rights.
Joni Ernst: Raising the minimum wage would not improve the economy.
Joni Ernst: Top priority: Jobs and economy.
Principles & Values|
Jay Williams Iowa: Truth, Life and Love--my values & American values.
Jay Williams Iowa: Ordained ULC minister and United Methodist Lay Servant.
Tom Fiegen: Progressive battling for the soul of the Democratic party.
Joni Ernst: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Doug Butzier: Oppose limits on prayer in public places.
Sam Clovis: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Joni Ernst: FactCheck: Missed half of state Senate votes for campaigning.
Bruce Braley: Apologizes for denigrating Senator as farmer & not lawyer.
Joni Ernst: AdWatch: "Let's make 'em squeal" in Washington.
Matthew Whitaker: OpEd: disagrees with entire liberal laundry list.
Joni Ernst: Values we grew up with are being threatened now.
Chuck Grassley: My re-election ensures Iowa is not denied Senate seniority.
Roxanne Conlin: Republicans only offer more of the same.
Patty Judge: Adjust benefits for caregivers who take time off work.
Patty Judge: Vital to protect program; increase cap but don't privatize.
Tom Fiegen: Expand it rather than cut it.
Joni Ernst: Something like personal savings accounts for younger workers.
Bruce Braley: Privatizing Social Security turns it over to Wall Street.
Joni Ernst: Open to privatizing Social Security, but honor promises.
Doug Butzier: Privatize the Ponzi scheme in gradual and voluntary manner.
Matthew Whitaker: No hope that Social Security will be there for future.
Christopher Reed: Let younger workers opt out.
Tom Harkin: Privatization failed before we had Social Security.
Christopher Reed: Honor promises, but chance to opt out of Social Security.
Christopher Reed: Establishing Social Security was possibly a mistake.
Tom Fiegen: Since 1980s, we've transferred wealth to the very rich.
Joni Ernst: Make tax code fairer, flatter and simpler: but not FairTax.
Doug Butzier: Higher taxes on the wealthy are counterproductive to economy.
Joni Ernst: Signed Grover Norquist tax pledge: never raise taxes.
Joni Ernst: Passed the largest tax cut in Iowa history.
Christopher Reed: Lower taxes means increased revenue, via the Laffer curve.
Fred Hubbell: Infrastructure investment is needed in rural areas too.
Rob Hogg: Invest in flood protection & soil conservation.
War & Peace|
Chuck Grassley: Signed letter opposing Iranian nuclear deal.
Patty Judge: Supports Iranian nuclear deal.
Patty Judge: Deploy military only after diplomacy, dialogue, & sanctions.
Patty Judge: Containment of ISIS and terrorists, by targeted air strikes.
Doug Butzier: Stay out of Iran & stay out of everywhere.
Christopher Reed: Support the surge; wants more positive news coverage.
Christopher Reed: No timetable for exit; stay until Al Qaeda is quelled.
Christopher Reed: Saddam was a madman who had WMDs and used them.
Welfare & Poverty|
Tom Fiegen: Address childhood hunger & childhood poverty.
Alison Grimes: Shameful to oppose food stamp program during recession.
Mitch McConnell: Opposed Farm Bill due to too-generous food stamp program.
Sam Clovis: Don't trading spending cuts for entitlement reform.