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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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CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on the eve of the Texas primary


  • This debate took place on Feb 25, in the leadup to Super Tuesday on March 1, 2016.

  • In the Super Tuesday contests, pundits pronounced that Trump won Massachusetts by a wider margin than did Hillary. That's technically true, but misleading: The two primaries are two entirely separate elections, so Trump and Hillary did not compete against each other. Clinton won the Democratic primary with 571,888 out of 1,138,586 votes; Trump won the Republican primary with 298,827 out of 609,832 votes. In other words, Hillary got nearly twice as many votes as Trump in Massachusetts, because so many more people voted in the Democratic primary.

  • Pundits were also confused by Jesse Ventura's statement that he would choose between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. TV pundits are easily confused because they think only in terms of two parties; Ventura considers both Sanders and Trump to be anti-establishment iconoclasts (like Ventura himself) and hence he chose between two strong choices. Ventura says he may enter the race if Sanders loses, but would also accept Trump's vice presidential nomination.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Donald Trump: Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it.
Budget & Economy
    Marco Rubio: Reduce debt to save key programs like Social Security.
Civil Rights
    Ben Carson: Everyone gets the same rights; nobody gets extra rights.
    John Kasich: Pray for customers with whom you disagree, but sell to them.
Energy & Oil
    Marco Rubio: Let ethanol program expire.
Families & Children
    Marco Rubio: Hispanic values: Burning desire that kids have it better.
    Ted Cruz: Hispanic values: faith, family & patriotism.
Foreign Policy
    Ben Carson: Every Israeli thinks we have turned our backs on them.
    Ben Carson: North Korea's leader is unstable, but understands strength.
    Donald Trump: Don't take sides with Israel, so we can lead negotiations.
    Donald Trump: I could negotiate a deal with Israel and Palestinians.
    John Kasich: I have a longer track record with Israel than any candidate.
    John Kasich: Chinese are best way to calm down North Korea.
    Marco Rubio: No honest broker on Israel: we are on their side.
    Marco Rubio: Stay with Japan & South Korea or they will be nuclear powers.
    Ted Cruz: Neutrality on Israel is moral relativism.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: With a $58 billion trade deficit, Mexico will pay for wall.
    Marco Rubio: Instead of trade war against Mexico, bring jobs home.
Government Reform
    John Kasich: My judicial appointments are solid conservatives.
    Marco Rubio: The Constitution is not a living and breathing document.
    Ted Cruz: Need principled constitutionalist on high court.
Health Care
    Ben Carson: Health empowerment accounts for families.
    Donald Trump: Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate.
    Donald Trump: Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues.
    Donald Trump: Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare.
    John Kasich: Give financial incentive for low cost & good outcomes.
    Marco Rubio: Let people decide how to spend health care dollars.
Homeland Security
    Donald Trump: Charge rich countries like Germany more to defend them.
    John Kasich: $100B more to rebuild the military, with Pentagon reforms.
    Marco Rubio: US security is more important than Apple.
Immigration
    Ben Carson: Stop illegal immigration, then have a fair path to residency.
    Donald Trump: Let the good ones come back in; that's not amnesty.
    Marco Rubio: 45% of the problem is visa over-stays.
    Marco Rubio: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is unconstitutional.
    Ted Cruz: Children deported with parents can come back, if citizens.
Jobs
    Donald Trump: I'm the only one on this stage who's hired people.
Principles & Values
    Ben Carson: Our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction.
    Donald Trump: Make America great again.
    John Kasich: America's great, and you can shoot for the stars.
    Marco Rubio: Do we prey on anger & fears, or hopes & dreams?
    Ted Cruz: I hear, "I didn't vote for you but you did what you said".
Tax Reform
    Ben Carson: The IRS is not honest and we need to get rid of them.
Technology
    Ted Cruz: Require Apple to unlock iPhones used by terrorists.
War & Peace
    Donald Trump: We would be better off if Gadhafi were in charge right now.
    Donald Trump: Cease-fire in Syria only if all parties involved.
    John Kasich: Arm the Ukrainians and fight ISIS in Syria, Libya.
    Ted Cruz: Russia too strong for Syria cease-fire to hold.


The above quotations are from CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on the eve of the Texas primary.
  • 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
  • Survey of 2016 Presidential campaign websites
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