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)
Jimmy Gomez: Fight for Planned Parenthood and women's access.
David Hadley: Pregnancy is a woman's decision, but restrictions ok.
Nanette Barragan: Don't force views of men in Congress on women's bodies.
Gail Lightfoot: Oppose embryonic stem cell research.
Carly Fiorina: Exceptions for rape, incest, and maternal endangerment.
Barbara Boxer: Don't go back to criminalizing women and doctors.
Carly Fiorina: Overturn the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
Carly Fiorina: Embryonic stem cell research ok if not created for purpose.
Peter Camejo: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy|
Jimmy Panetta: Strengthen local agriculture, tourism, technology & research.
Nanette Barragan: Balance business interests and jobs for our communities.
John Chiang: Found $8 billion in government waste, fraud, & abuse.
Dianne Feinstein: I'm a prudent voice for deficit reduction.
Elizabeth Emken: Robust growth produces more revenue; reduce spending now.
Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic growth: stop picking winners & losers.
Michele Bachmann: Problem is $1 in tax increases for each $3 in spending.
Mitt Romney: I understand how the economy works because I lived in it.
Mitt Romney: Let middle-income Americans save money tax-free.
Mitt Romney: QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth.
Newt Gingrich: The Fed's secrecy & power are antithetical to a free society.
Newt Gingrich: Put people back to work to raise revenues without taxes.
Rick Perry: Keynesian theory is now done; never again in America.
Rick Perry: Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night.
Ron Paul: 1980s had huge deficits, despite Reagan's message.
Carly Fiorina: Stimulus package is a failure; more tax cuts instead.
Carly Fiorina: Key to recovery is less government, taxation, & regulation.
John Melendez: Ensure equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.
Jimmy Gomez: Defend LGBTQIA rights, including seniors.
Jimmy Gomez: Retrofit facilities for Americans with Disabilities Act.
Jimmy Gomez: Protect Social Security from GOP restructuring.
David Hadley: Recognize same-sex marriages, with religious exemptions.
David Hadley: Merit, not racial quotas, for college admissions.
Delaine Eastin: Commissioned first State Dept. of Education LGBT Task Force.
Jimmy Panetta: So much more needs to be done for LGBT equality.
Jimmy Panetta: Close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act.
Nanette Barragan: One of America's greatest injustices is gender pay inequity.
Barbara Boxer: Full equality only with same-sex marriage.
Carly Fiorina: Marriage is between a man and a woman; but civil unions ok.
Carly Fiorina: No same-sex marriage; yes civil unions; repeal DADT.
Rick Santorum: Cut the corporate tax to zero, to create jobs.
Jimmy Gomez: Ban for-profit prisons; support sentencing reform.
David Hadley: Supports death penalty; tracking sex offenders; and more.
David Hadley: Prevent schools from covering up staff sexual abuse.
Jimmy Panetta: Ban racial profiling; build trust of law enforcement.
Jimmy Panetta: Pursued justice for victims and families.
Rick Perry: If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice.
David Hadley: $85 million funding for drug and gang enforcement programs.
Ron Paul: Our drug war is driving our immigration policy.
Carly Fiorina: Provide Mexico support in war on drugs.
John Melendez: Lower college tuition, equal access.
Jimmy Gomez: Public college education should be debt free.
Jimmy Gomez: Vouchers take resources out of public education.
David Hadley: Let military families choose any public school district.
Delaine Eastin: In 1965, California led American education; we can do better.
Delaine Eastin: Combined higher education and K-12 schools into one bond.
Delaine Eastin: Oppose Prop 187 targeting immigrant students in classrooms.
Jimmy Panetta: Focus on expanding pre-K and early education.
Jimmy Panetta: Make higher education both accessible and affordable.
Nanette Barragan: Free-to-low-cost education for college or trade school.
Nanette Barragan: Public education is a right--not a privilege for the wealthy.
Gail Lightfoot: STEM education is important for science advancement.
Newt Gingrich: I liked charter school programs in Obama's Race to the Top.
Rick Perry: We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates.
Barbara Boxer: $1.2 billion to save the jobs of 16,500 California teachers.
Bill Simon: Donít allow children to be trapped in failing schools.
Gray Davis: CA schools are bad, but headed in the right direction.
Peter Camejo: Pay teachers more than prison guards.
Energy & Oil|
Jimmy Gomez: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
David Hadley: Ban off-shore oil drilling; require 50% wind and solar.
Nanette Barragan: Climate change is an urgent environmental problem.
Jon Huntsman: Gas is $13/gal if we count cost of troop deployments.
Michele Bachmann: Goal is to keep gas prices low, like $1.79 a gallon.
Rick Perry: Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science.
Ron Paul: I can get you a gallon of gas for a silver dime.
Barbara Boxer: Work with China on global warming, but California leads.
Carly Fiorina: Dealing with global warming requires a global solution.
Barbara Boxer: Prop. 23: California clean energy policy creates jobs here.
Carly Fiorina: Examine the science; US can't act alone on global warming.
John Melendez: Promoting hemp will protect our amazing planet.
Jimmy Gomez: Fund river revitalization; fight for environmental justice.
Jimmy Gomez: Protect endangered species; and protect animal shelters.
David Hadley: Protect wildlife corridors and marine areas.
Delaine Eastin: Pushed landfill cleanup and innovative recycling.
Jimmy Panetta: Collaborate to protect of our coastline, farmland, & forests.
Nanette Barragan: Fight to protect public health from big corporate polluters.
John Chiang: Safeguard our vast and precious natural resources.
Michele Bachmann: EPA rulemaking has been based on politics, not science.
Rick Perry: We reduced NO2 and ozone in TX without scientists dictating.
Carly Fiorina: Protect families, not just fish and flies and frogs.
Carly Fiorina: Account for social & economic impact of Endangered Species.
Families & Children|
Jimmy Gomez: Expand Paid Family Leave.
Delaine Eastin: Prop 10: Raise tobacco taxes for early childhood development.
Michele Bachmann: Best results when family involved; worst with government.
Travis Allen: Unified Israel with Judea & Samaria; Jerusalem as capital.
Michele Bachmann: Biggest issue in Middle East is nuclear Iran.
Rick Perry: America shouldn't be in the business of adventurism.
Tom Campbell: Unwaveringly pro-Israel, despite votes against aid.
John Melendez: Electoral College broken, voters unheard.
Jimmy Gomez: Replace Citizen's United with public financing.
John Chiang: Dock pay of legislators unless they balance budget.
John Chiang: Caught state paying $11 million salaries to dead employees.
Ron Paul: I believe in market regulation, but not federal regulation.
Ron Paul: Everything government does is a mandate.
Ron Paul: Don't use Executive Orders for controversial laws.
Ron Paul: FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't.
Carly Fiorina: American dream is perishable, if government keeps growing.
Bill Simon: Voters are turned off by negative campaigns.
Bill Simon: Davisí pursuit of contributions are an obsession.
Gray Davis: Campaign contributions let regular people run for office.
Gray Davis: Your vote is your voice-legislate open process.
Peter Camejo: Encourage volunteerism and political activism.
Peter Camejo: Greenís contributions for message; Dem-Repís for investments.
Jimmy Panetta: Mental illness is often the root of gun violence.
Dianne Feinstein: Gun lobby has too much power in Washington.
Carly Fiorina: Opposed 1994 assault weapon ban; opposes no-fly list gun ban.
Carly Fiorina: Let people on no-fly list purchase guns; it's poorly managed.
Barbara Boxer: Assault weapon ban has kept people safe.
Carly Fiorina: Assault weapon ban is arbitrary about which weapons qualify.
Jimmy Gomez: Supports single-payer at state level and federal level.
David Hadley: Government-run health care reduces quality & increases costs.
Jimmy Panetta: Committed to making ObamaCare even better.
Gail Lightfoot: Everyone benefits from health research, but not by gov't.
Gail Lightfoot: Repeal ObamaCare & replace it with private sector.
Elizabeth Emken: Government-run health care is not the solution.
Elizabeth Emken: ObamaCare is poorly written and it needs to repealed.
Jon Huntsman: We reformed UT healthcare without mandates.
Michele Bachmann: ObamaCare is killing jobs.
Mitt Romney: On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states.
Rick Perry: Individual mandate just won't work.
Rick Perry: Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states.
Rick Perry: TX wants freedom for healthcare menus & co-pays; feds refuse.
Rick Perry: HillaryCare did not address agricultural needs.
Rick Perry: I hate cancer; inoculate girls against HPV.
Ron Paul: Markets instead of lobbyists writing drug laws.
Ron Paul: Vaccinating 12-year-olds against HPV is bad medicine.
Jimmy Gomez: VA medical benefits, job training, and housing loans.
David Hadley: Strong champion for the Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Jimmy Panetta: Strong defense includes two facilities in our district.
Nanette Barragan: Advocate for veterans to receive comprehensive benefits.
Herman Cain: Fix FEMA; don't abolish FEMA.
Jon Huntsman: We need a DHS that doesn't make us feel like a shakedown.
Jon Huntsman: 9-11 shattered our innocence and lost our confidence.
Newt Gingrich: We have enemies that want disasters on an enormous scale.
Rick Perry: Unprincipled to create Department of Homeland Security.
Rick Perry: Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it.
Rick Santorum: Department of Homeland Security fixed an internal mess.
Ron Paul: Abolish the TSA; let airlines establish security.
Carly Fiorina: Campaign donations from jihadists should be returned.
Carly Fiorina: Guantanamo Bay isn't broken, so don't fix it.
Tom Campbell: 2000 campaign donor later convicted of terrorism.
Tom Campbell: Execute terrorists without trial nor Miranda rights.
John Melendez: Find path for immigrants here illegally.
Jimmy Gomez: Deporting parents of U.S. citizens is morally wrong.
Jimmy Panetta: Let DREAMers earn their way to citizenship.
Nanette Barragan: Comprehensive reform instead of fences and deportation.
Tom Del Beccaro: Immigration is a national security issue; ports are a danger.
Elizabeth Emken: Comprehensive solution that starts by securing our borders.
Herman Cain: Secure the border with more boots on the ground.
Jon Huntsman: Focus on fixing legal immigration as well as illegal.
Michele Bachmann: Our immigration law worked beautifully until 1960s.
Michele Bachmann: Lack of border fence yields our sovereignty.
Mitt Romney: Build 2,600-mile fence with enough guards to secure it.
Mitt Romney: Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrants.
Newt Gingrich: Require official English plus American history.
Newt Gingrich: I voted for Reagan's legal guest worker program.
Rick Perry: El Paso border is not safe until we have boots on the ground.
Rick Santorum: No tricks like 1986; secure the border first.
Rick Santorum: No promises & no government benefits to immigrants.
Ron Paul: ID cards and border fences are not the American way.
Barbara Boxer: Cosponsored DREAM Act: legal status from college or military.
Carly Fiorina: No comprehensive reform; but yes to DREAM Act.
Karen Bass: Human services for immigrants and their children.
Bill Simon: Immigration system needs fundamental reform.
Gray Davis: Diversity is our strength; welcome all good citizens.
Peter Camejo: Immigrants are necessary to keeping the economy strong.
Jimmy Gomez: Raise the national minimum wage.
Jimmy Gomez: Equal pay for equal work & Paycheck Fairness Act.
Nanette Barragan: Raise minimum wage & demand pay equity for women.
Elizabeth Emken: Public unions have too much political influence.
Mitt Romney: Bain Capital created thousands of jobs during my time there.
Mitt Romney: America is an extraordinary jobs machine.
Rick Perry: We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M.
Barbara Boxer: TV ad: Fiorina fired thousands and moved their jobs to China.
Principles & Values|
John Melendez: Equal opportunity instead of catering to 1%.
Dianne Feinstein: OpEd: Feinstein refusing to debate is a democracy dodge.
Elizabeth Emken: Feinstein is arrogant and dismissive for not debating.
Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
Dianne Feinstein: Offers three televised Senate debates, but no Fox News.
Orly Taitz: Sen. Feinstein offers three debates, without birther issue.
Mitt Romney: Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending.
Carly Fiorina: I'll work across the aisle, including with Sen. Feinstein.
Bill Simon: Successful businessman, charity contributor, family man.
Gray Davis: Proud of record on education, healthcare, guns, environment.
Peter Camejo: His candidacy broadened the debate and gave people choices.
George W. Bush: Priorities: Reaganesque tax cuts; education & health reform.
John McCain: Reagan Republican: simplify taxes, stop waste, pay down debt.
David Hadley: Raise state employee retirement age & make pensions portable.
Nanette Barragan: Never gamble Social Security benefits on Wall Street.
Herman Cain: Chilean model: they fixed the same broken system as US.
Mitt Romney: Funding for Social Security is not working, but system works.
Rick Perry: It's a monstrous lie that young people will get benefits.
Rick Perry: Cannot keep the Social Security status quo.
David Hadley: Oppose sales and income tax hikes in Proposition 30.
John Chiang: No gimmicks to balance budget on backs of taxpayers.
Rocky Chavez: Californians pay an overall tax rate near 50%: too high!
Elizabeth Emken: Protect the social safety net and entitlement programs.
Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic plan: 9% income tax + 9% sales tax.
Jon Huntsman: Let's take a pledge to not take any pledges, including taxes.
Carly Fiorina: Tax burden is already too high.
Carly Fiorina: I will vote against every tax increase; cut waste instead.
Tom Campbell: $600 billion to cut in Obama's budget; don't increase taxes.
Tom Campbell: Won't sign taxpayer protection pledge; we need flexibility.
David Hadley: Stop the wasteful high-speed rail project.
Gail Lightfoot: Not up to government to provide R&D for business & industry.
Jon Huntsman: For GOP to win, we can't run from science.
Carly Fiorina: Taxation on the internet would be disastrous.
Tom Campbell: Equalize internet sales taxes with bricks-and-mortar.
War & Peace|
Nanette Barragan: Too many soldiers lost in unnecessary wars.
Jon Huntsman: Bring troops home from Afghanistan.
Michele Bachmann: It was wrong for US to go into Libya.
Rick Santorum: No isolationism on Libya; but Obama did it wrong.
Ron Paul: Cut $20B in Green Zone air conditioning to force troops home.
Carly Fiorina: Impose crippling sanctions against Iran.
Carly Fiorina: Impose sanctions on Iran: no refined petroleum imports.
Carly Fiorina: Two-state solution with Jerusalem as undivided capital.
Tom Campbell: Stand by Israel if they attack Iranian nukes.
Tom Campbell: Consider but don't insist on Jerusalem as undivided capital.
Welfare & Poverty|
Jimmy Panetta: More affordable housing units in new developments.
Ron Paul: Welfare state isn't in the Constitution.