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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)

Book Reviews

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MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire


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    from MSNBC Democratic primary debate on eve of New Hampshire primary (number of quotes indicated):
  • Bernie Sanders (33)
  • Hillary Clinton (22)
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  • This debate took place on Feb. 4, 2016, in the leadup to the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

  • After watching several TV stations' "news" coverage of the New Hampshire primary results, we would like to point out to our readers how to watch these shows intelligently.
    1. Do not watch the live returns at all -- they are dependent entirely on which county happens to report first. At the national level, we all know that Florida and Ohio are important "purple states" -- but which are the "purple counties" in New Hampshire? The trickle of returns is meaningless unless you interpret them with a red-blue-purple analysis, and no one can do that except pundits with computers, and even they disagree. Set your alarm clock for 2 or 3 hours after the polls close and take a nap in between -- you won't miss anything!

    2. Ignore the polls leading up to each caucus and primary. They try to figure out which voters will go to the polls based on (a) asking; and (b) previous attendance. That ignores (a) voter dissembling to intentionally confound the mainstream media (especially Trump supporters, in NH); and (b) new voters (especially Sanders supports, in NH). Accounting for those shortcomings means all polls are guesswork, so why bother? The polls did not predict a Kasich surge!

    3. Fox News rambled on about how Sanders' "huge victory" will open the spigot to lots of campaign cash. In reality, Sanders enjoyed a net gain of 6 delegates -- he's now behind Hillary by 489 delegates instead of 495 delegates behind. That might "open the spigots" to some reegular people who look at polls, but the big-money donors look at the delegate counts.

    4. New Hampshire only matters at all because it is the first primary and hence a test of candidates' ability to get out the vote. New Hampshire is too small to matter much in the delegate count (which is why they insist on being first! Otherwise no one would pay any attention to them!) The N.H. Republican primary allocated 20 delegates out of 1,442 needed to win the Republican nomination -- a little over 1%. The N.H. Democratic primary allocated 24 delegates out of 2,240 needed to win the Democratic nomination -- a little under 1%. New Hampshire is a small state. And so is Iowa. CNN rambled on about the "importance" of this evening's events -- but that really means "self-importance" of CNN. N.H. and Iowa are news events -- they make the mainstream media breathless but hardly matter for the purpose of delegate selection.

    5. Fox News prattled on and on about Hillary's "strategic mistake" in going to Michigan over the weekend instead of focusing on New Hampshire. Fox News' commentators evidently don't understand arithmetic: Michigan has 147 delegates at stake while New Hampshire offers only 32. Hillary made a decision that she could gain only a delegate or two with extra effort in New Hampshire, but perhaps gain a dozen delegates by making a critical appearance in Michigan at a critical time. That means that Hillary focused on the overall delegate count instead of the "news of the day" in New Hampshire. That's called "strategy" -- not a "strategic mistake".

    6. The mainstream media report endlessly on the popular vote percentages -- but they do not matter! All the news networks spent hours studying whether Jeb Bush would pass Ted Cruz in the popular vote -- but the delegate count would not change at all, if he had done so! Both Bush and Cruz earned two delegates each -- and they would have earned two delegates each if Bush had somehow pulled "ahead" of Cruz by 400 votes instead of losing by 400 votes. (This is an ACTUAL "virtual tie", unlike the media reports of popular vote "virtual ties!"

    7. Remember that the purpose of primaries and caucuses is to elect delegates to the national nominating conventions, and select a nominee for the general election. The popular vote doesn't matter; "momentum" doesn't matter; and large states matter a LOT more than small states; because the only thing that REALLY matters is the delegate count. We report on the delegate counts resulting from the New Hampshire primary, because no other results matter.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Bernie Sanders: I led the effort against deregulation, but we lost.
    Bernie Sanders: We need a 21st-century Glass-Steagall legislation.
    Hillary Clinton: Committed to reducing corporate power not only Wall St.
Civil Rights
    Bernie Sanders: What kind of response would happen if Flint MI were white?
Corporations
    Bernie Sanders: If we don't break up banks, we'll be bailing them out again.
    Hillary Clinton: Agrees that Wall Street and banks cannot get too powerful.
    Hillary Clinton: I warned corporations about wrecking the economy.
    Hillary Clinton: It's not just Wall Street; it's Big Pharma too.
Crime
    Bernie Sanders: Government should not be part of the death penalty.
    Bernie Sanders: Create criminal records for corrupt white collar criminals.
    Hillary Clinton: Death penalty appropriate for Oklahoma City bombing.
Education
    Bernie Sanders: Student debt is crushing young graduates.
    Hillary Clinton: Experts vetted my college plan, and it works.
Energy & Oil
    Hillary Clinton: Half a billion solar panels in first 4 years.
Environment
    Hillary Clinton: Federal takeover of Flint water supply if state can't fix it.
Foreign Policy
    Bernie Sanders: Key doctrine: We can't do it alone; must work in coalition.
    Bernie Sanders: Encourage Saudis and Iran to work together, despite distrust.
    Bernie Sanders: Move forward with Iran with relations the long-term goal.
    Bernie Sanders: North Korea is run by nuclear-armed paranoid dictator.
    Bernie Sanders: I worry about Putin in Crimea but worry more about N. Korea.
    Hillary Clinton: Address arc of instability from North Africa to South Asia.
    Hillary Clinton: Obama trusted my judgment; I'll be ready on Day One.
    Hillary Clinton: Need more European contribution to defending against Russia.
Free Trade
    Bernie Sanders: Don't believe that unfettered trade creates U.S. jobs.
    Bernie Sanders: I disagree with Obama on TPP, but he's done a great job.
    Bernie Sanders: I will take on corporations that take their jobs to China.
    Hillary Clinton: I oppose CAFTA & TPP, but global economy needs trade.
Government Reform
    Bernie Sanders: Establishment candidates are beholden to big money.
    Bernie Sanders: Congress represents the wealthy; they donate to ensure that.
    Bernie Sanders: Litmus test for Supreme Court on Citizens United.
    Bernie Sanders: Overturn Citizens United: America is one person, one vote.
    Bernie Sanders: Presidency isn't winnable with public financing.
    Bernie Sanders: GOP loves voter suppression because it lets them win.
Health Care
    Bernie Sanders: Other countries cover everyone; why can't we?
    Bernie Sanders: Health care for 29 million more uninsured.
    Hillary Clinton: Go from 90% coverage under ObamaCare to 100% coverage.
Homeland Security
    Bernie Sanders: Strengthen the V.A.; don't privatize the V.A.
    Bernie Sanders: It does us no good to NOT talk to adversaries.
    Bernie Sanders: Promise to never privatize V.A.
    Hillary Clinton: Fight the idea of privatizing the V.A.
    Hillary Clinton: Promise to never privatize V.A.
Immigration
    Bernie Sanders: Supports path to citizenship for illegals.
Principles & Values
    Bernie Sanders: It is not unrealistic to fight for middle class.
    Bernie Sanders: I walk the walk of progressivism, with no Super PAC.
    Bernie Sanders: I am longest serving Independent but caucus with Dems.
    Bernie Sanders: Too late for establishment politics: we need a revolution.
    Hillary Clinton: I am a progressive who gets things done.
    Hillary Clinton: A woman president does not exemplify the establishment.
    Hillary Clinton: Speaking fees & donations do not equal political corruption.
    Hillary Clinton: Before it was emails, it was Benghazi; it's all a ploy.
Tax Reform
    Bernie Sanders: End loophole that allows zero taxes via Cayman Islands.
Technology
    Hillary Clinton: Retroactive classification can make any email problematic.
War & Peace
    Bernie Sanders: Iraq war led to ISIS creation, as I predicted would happen.
    Hillary Clinton: Don't normalize relations with Iran; we need leverage.
    Hillary Clinton: 4,000 U.S. trainers & special forces in Iraq & Syria.


The above quotations are from MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire.
  • Miami Republican debate, March 10, 2016
  • Miami Democratic debate, March 9, 2016
  • Democratic primary debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016
  • Republican primary debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016
  • CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary., Feb. 25, 2016
  • Democratic and Republican primary Town Hall, on eve of S.C. primary
  • 2016 CNN GOP Town Hall in South Carolina, Feb. 17-18, 2016
  • 2016 CBS News Republican Debate in S.C., Feb. 13, 2016
  • PBS Democratic Primary Debate in Wisconsin, Feb. 11, 2016
  • 2016 ABC News/IJReview Republican Debate in N.H., Feb. 6, 2016
  • MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, Feb. 4, 2016
  • 2016 CNN Democratic Town Hall in N.H., Feb. 3, 2016
  • 2016 Fox News GOP primary debate in Iowa, Jan. 28, 2016
  • 2016 NBC Democratic primary debate, Jan. 17, 2016
  • 2016 Fox Business two-tiered GOP primary debate, Jan. 14, 2016
  • 2015 ABC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, Dec. 19, 2015
  • 2015 CNN Republican primary debate in Nevada, Dec. 15, 2015
  • 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate, Nov. 14, 2015
  • 2015 Fox Business/WSJ two-tiered GOP primary debate, Nov. 10, 2015
  • 2015 CNBC two-tiered GOP primary debate, Oct. 28, 2015
  • 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate, Oct. 13, 2015
  • 2015 CNN two-tiered GOP primary debate, Sept. 16, 2015
  • Red State Gathering, Aug 6-9, 2015
  • 2015 Fox News/Facebook two-tiered GOP primary debate, August 6, 2015
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition "Road to Majority" Policy Conferences, April 25, 2015
  • 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 26-27, 2015
  • Forbes Magazine "Candidates Want You to Know" series, March-June 2015
  • Sunday Political Talk Show interviews, throughout 2015
  • Pre-Iowa caucus political summits, throughout 2015
  • Brennan Center for Justice essays
  • National Journal 2016 series
  • Interviews on 2016 races with OnTheIssues
  • PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series
  • PolitiFact fact-checking on 2016 campaigns
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