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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)

Book Reviews

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Survey of 2016 Presidential campaign websites

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    from Survey of 2016 Presidential campaign websites (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ajamu Baraka (16) Green Party nominee for Vice-President
  • Bernie Sanders (12) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Bill Weld (1) Massachusetts Libertarian Vice-Presidential nominee
  • Darrell Castle (11) Consitution Party candidate for President
  • Donald Trump (4) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Evan McMullin (12) Independent candidate for President
  • Gary Johnson (13) New Mexico Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger
  • George Pataki (11) New York Republican presidential candidate
  • Gloria La Riva (4) California Party for Socialism and Liberation
  • Hillary Clinton (1) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Jill Stein (30) Green Challenger
  • Jim Gilmore (1) Republican presidential candidate
  • John Kasich (4) Ohio Republican Governor
  • Lawrence Lessig (15) Massachusetts Democrat for President
  • Lincoln Chafee (6) Rhode Island Independent Rhode Island Governor
  • Marco Rubio (4) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Martin O`Malley (9) Maryland Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Rand Paul (16) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rick Santorum (8) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz (6) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
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    Darrell Castle: Only candidate of any party that is 100% pro-life.
    Evan McMullin: Subsidizing abortion undermines dignity of mother and child.
    Lincoln Chafee: Support right to woman's personal reproductive decisions.
    Rick Santorum: Pushed legislation to protect the unborn.
    Gary Johnson: Government ill-equipped to address abortion; it's personal.
    Rand Paul: Stop flow of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
Budget & Economy
    Darrell Castle: End the Federal Reserve.
    Darrell Castle: Lower taxes, lower regulations, and lower spending.
    Gary Johnson: National debt of $20 trillion is obscene & unsustainable.
    John Kasich: Converted Ohio's $8B deficit to $2B surplus.
    Martin O`Malley: Why weren't Wall Street CEOs convicted in 2008 meltdown?
    Rick Santorum: Spend-o-meter: publicize costs of spending amendments.
    Rand Paul: Reform the tax code; address the national debt.
Civil Rights
    Darrell Castle: No same sex marriage; no gender neutral bathrooms.
    Ajamu Baraka: Protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination.
    Jill Stein: Protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination.
    Ajamu Baraka: Beyonce's Superbowl show caricaturized & commodified blacks.
    Martin O`Malley: All are created equal, including gay, lesbian & transgender.
    Rand Paul: Stand up for Bill of Rights against federal usurpation.
    Bernie Sanders: Equal pay for equal work by women.
    Ajamu Baraka: Obama serves white power, not MLK's dream.
    Gloria La Riva: Capitalist banking is a form of organized crime.
    Gary Johnson: Eliminate double taxation embodied in business income taxes.
    Jill Stein: Break up "too-big-to-fail" banks.
    Martin O`Malley: Income gap growing due to concentration of corporate power.
    Bernie Sanders: Break up major Wall Street firms.
    Bernie Sanders: Worker-owned cooperatives instead of corporate tax breaks.
    Ajamu Baraka: Death penalty for whites is tactic to stop black opposition.
    Gary Johnson: Too many unnecessary laws leads to too many in prison.
    Lawrence Lessig: Comprehensive reform of mandatory minimum sentences.
    Martin O`Malley: Baltimore riot due to hopelessness, not just race & policing.
    Rand Paul: REDEEM Act: seal non-violent criminal records to allow jobs.
    Rand Paul: Restore federal right to vote to non-violent felons.
    Jill Stein: Black Lives Matter: end racism & police militarization.
    Ajamu Baraka: Replace drug prohibition with harm reduction.
    Jill Stein: Replace drug prohibition with harm reduction.
    Gary Johnson: Why do we tell adults what they can put in their bodies?
    Lawrence Lessig: War on Drugs is most self-destructive war in U.S. history.
    Jill Stein: End the racist war on drugs and school-to-prison pipeline.
    Darrell Castle: Stop using the education system to corrupt our children.
    Evan McMullin: Replace failing education system with local control.
    Ajamu Baraka: Treat education as a right.
    Jill Stein: Treat education as a right.
    Jill Stein: End high stakes testing.
    Rand Paul: Don't constrict kids to one-size-fits-all Common Core.
    Bernie Sanders: Quality affordable education, from child care to higher ed.
    Jill Stein: Mobilize to simply keep public education in existence.
Energy & Oil
    Evan McMullin: Expand domestic energy production across the board.
    Ajamu Baraka: Green New Deal to turn the tide on climate change.
    Jill Stein: Green New Deal to turn the tide on climate change.
    Gary Johnson: Man contributes to climate change, but no government fix.
    Martin O`Malley: American jobs agenda to build a new renewable energy future.
    Rand Paul: Cut red tape to allow energy freedom & traditional energy.
    Bernie Sanders: Transform to sustainable system & away from fossil fuels.
    Jill Stein: Make wars for oil obsolete: 100% renewables by 2030.
    Darrell Castle: Property rights under assault by "Sustainable Development".
    Ajamu Baraka: Adopt the Precautionary Principle.
    Bill Weld: Protect environment with competition, not regulation.
    Jill Stein: Adopt the Precautionary Principle.
    Gloria La Riva: Environmental racism pollutes our neighborhoods.
    Lawrence Lessig: We don't own Earth; we hold it in trust for our children.
    Jill Stein: Moratorium on GMOs until they are proven safe.
    Lincoln Chafee: Proper respect for our natural world & vulnerable species.
    Jill Stein: Promote sustainable agriculture & freedom from toxic threats.
    Rand Paul: Balance environmental safety with business deregulation.
    Jill Stein: Filthy Five: clean up coal plants in Massachusetts.
Families & Children
    Martin O`Malley: Gave access to family planning for 35,000 low-income women.
    Donald Trump: Stress importance of a strong family, & a culture of Life.
    George Pataki: Our parents never felt like victims even in Great Depression.
    Rick Santorum: Book "Bella's Gift" about their special-needs youngest child.
    Rick Santorum: Patriot Voices: online community to restore American dream.
    Rick Santorum: Strong families help produce a strong economy.
    Jill Stein: Physician married to a physician; two sons and one dog.
Foreign Policy
    Darrell Castle: Withdraw from the United Nations.
    Evan McMullin: American leadership instead of withdrawing from the world.
    Ted Cruz: Countries aspire to be like America, the exceptional nation.
    Gloria La Riva: Immediate lifting of the U.S. blockade on Cuba.
    Martin O`Malley: New foreign policy of engagement and collaboration.
    Rand Paul: Stand with Israel Act: no US funds to Palestinian Authority.
Free Trade
    Evan McMullin: Negotiate stronger trade deals but don't close doors.
    Bernie Sanders: End disastrous NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR with China.
Government Reform
    Evan McMullin: Too much power in Washington and in Executive branch.
    Ajamu Baraka: Replace Electoral College with national popular vote.
    Jill Stein: Replace Electoral College with national popular vote.
    Jill Stein: Reject campaign donations from military-industrial complex.
    Ted Cruz: Current administration defies Constitution and rule of law.
    Ted Cruz: Authored 70 Supreme Court briefs & argued 9 cases.
    Marco Rubio: Next president should appoint in mold of Justice Scalia.
    Gary Johnson: Strong advocate of term limits for governors & Congress.
    Lawrence Lessig: Voter vouchers: matching funds for federal campaigns.
    Lawrence Lessig: Referendum president: pass voting reform, then step down.
    Lawrence Lessig: Automatic voter registration; make election day a holiday.
    Lawrence Lessig: Ranked Choice Voting: end political gerrymandering.
    Jill Stein: Establish a constitutional right to vote.
    George Pataki: Empower the citizens to take back our government.
    George Pataki: Ban lobbying by former Members of Congress.
    Rick Santorum: 1990s "Gang of Seven": exposed congressional scandals.
    Rand Paul: End the profession of "career politician" with term limits.
Gun Control
    John Kasich: Supports state reciprocity and concealed carry.
    Darrell Castle: People in gun free enclaves cower, unarmed.
    Evan McMullin: Fundamental right is enshrined in the Second Amendment.
    Lincoln Chafee: Common sense adherence to the Second Amendment.
    Rand Paul: Oppose laws which would limit the right to gun ownership.
Health Care
    Evan McMullin: ObamaCare has driven up costs and reduced access.
    Ajamu Baraka: Healthcare for all including contraception.
    Jill Stein: Healthcare for all including contraception.
    Jim Gilmore: ObamaCare is primary reason our economy is not recovering.
    Jill Stein: Single-payer public health insurance program.
    Rand Paul: Health system was over-regulated before ObamaCare.
    Bernie Sanders: Move toward a single-payer system.
    Jill Stein: Healthy People, Healthy Planet: link environment & health.
    Donald Trump: Make health insurance premiums tax-deductible.
Homeland Security
    John Kasich: Improve veteran healthcare with more options & fewer delays.
    John Kasich: Easier licensing for veterans; and more job services.
    Evan McMullin: Free America requires strongest in the world.
    Ajamu Baraka: Close the 700+ foreign military bases.
    Jill Stein: Close the 700+ foreign military bases.
    Ajamu Baraka: Public opinion is manipulated to support permanent war.
    Jill Stein: Slash dangerously bloated military budget by at least 50%.
    Jill Stein: Cancel F-35 project; cancel the Littoral Combat Ship.
    Ted Cruz: Provide our veterans the care they have been promised.
    Gary Johnson: Founding Fathers would be disgusted about spying on citizens.
    Gary Johnson: Overturn simplistic, chaotic, reactive military policies.
    Gary Johnson: Reactive military policies allow real threats to flourish.
    Lawrence Lessig: The size of our own defense budget induces instability.
    Jill Stein: 700+ foreign military bases are bankrupting us.
    Jill Stein: End persecution of government and media whistleblowers.
    Donald Trump: Increased Veterans Day parade audience from 100 to 1 million.
    George Pataki: A strong America is a safe America: strengthen our military.
    Rand Paul: Provide veterans support tools to adjust to civilian life.
    Ajamu Baraka: Militarization to fight terrorism is permanent war posture.
    Darrell Castle: No asylum & no path to citizenship.
    Evan McMullin: Secure our borders and enforce our laws.
    Ted Cruz: Bar refugees from terrorist-ridden regions.
    Gary Johnson: Bigger border fence will only produce taller ladders.
    Martin O`Malley: Comprehensive reform to bring 11 million out of shadows.
    George Pataki: Immigrants come to work, not for government handouts.
    Rand Paul: Protect AGAINST feds creating a national ID card.
    Martin O`Malley: Raise the minimum wage, plus collective bargaining rights.
    Bernie Sanders: Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
    Bernie Sanders: Corporate opposition makes union organizing difficult.
Principles & Values
    Marco Rubio: American Strength; American Prosperity; American Values.
    Marco Rubio: Next president should appoint in mold of Justice Scalia.
    George Pataki: Served as mayor, Assemblyman & state Senator before Governor.
    George Pataki: Raised in a small town where the American Dream was real.
    Rick Santorum: Won 11 state primaries in 2012 presidential race.
Social Security
    Ajamu Baraka: Remove income cap on social security taxes.
    Jill Stein: Remove income cap on social security taxes.
    Lawrence Lessig: Privatizing Social Security is a sure path to insecurity.
    Lawrence Lessig: Apply same Social Security rate to all levels of income.
    Rand Paul: Raise retirement age to save program for younger generation.
    Bernie Sanders: Strengthen the social safety net, instead of weakening it.
Tax Reform
    Darrell Castle: Apportion federal taxes to states by census, not by income.
    Evan McMullin: Tax code should be lean, simple, and pro-investment.
    Jill Stein: Lower taxes for majority by cutting $2.3T military spending.
    Gary Johnson: Current tax code penalizes productivity & investment.
    Lawrence Lessig: Taxes in America should be progressive and efficient.
    Lincoln Chafee: I voted against every Bush tax cut favoring the wealthy.
    George Pataki: Throw out incomprehensible tax code: simpler, lower rates.
    Rand Paul: EZ Tax: $700B tax cut via 17% flat tax.
    Bernie Sanders: We need a progressive tax system based on ability to pay.
    Marco Rubio: Phase out Mass Transit account; cut gas tax by 80%.
    Hillary Clinton: Invest $250B in public transit and NextGen aviation.
    Gary Johnson: No government "back doors" into encrypted, private info.
    Donald Trump: Emmy award & Hollywood Walk of Fame for "The Apprentice".
    Lincoln Chafee: No tapping of our phones without a warrant.
    George Pataki: Travel between cities should be in trains faster than planes.
    Bernie Sanders: Stop bailing out Wall Street & start repairing Main Street.
War & Peace
    Darrell Castle: I don't see why it's any of our business who runs Syria.
    Ajamu Baraka: U.S. complicity created Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
    Ajamu Baraka: CIA training & equipment created ISIS in Syria & Iraq.
    Jill Stein: We have killed millions of civilians in our war for oil.
    Ted Cruz: U.S.-Israel alliance is a strategic bedrock.
    Lawrence Lessig: No US ground troops in Syria; but create safe zones.
    Lawrence Lessig: Vigorously support nuclear agreement with Iran.
    Lawrence Lessig: Work with Sunnis and Iraq against ISIS.
    Lawrence Lessig: Maintain 5,500 or more US troops in Afghanistan.
    Lincoln Chafee: Averse to foreign entanglements, including Iraq.
    George Pataki: Make sure Iran never has a nuclear weapon.
    Rick Santorum: We cannot allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Welfare & Poverty
    Evan McMullin: More government poverty programs aren't the single answer.
    Gloria La Riva: Make affordable housing a Constitutional right.
    Jill Stein: Economic human rights: food, water, & housing.
    George Pataki: Replace dependency with opportunity.

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