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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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2020 Presidential Primary CNN Town Halls

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  • Amy Klobuchar (18) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
  • Andrew Yang (10) Democratic candidate for President; CEO
  • Bernie Sanders (7) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Beto O`Rourke (5) Texas Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from TX
  • Cory Booker (7) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
  • Elizabeth Warren (14) Massachusetts Senator
  • Joe Biden (40) Democratic V.P.
  • Julian Castro (1) Texas Mayor of San Antonio; HUD Secretary
  • Kamala Harris (16) California Democratic nominee for Vice President; California Senator
  • Marianne Williamson (14) Democratic candidate for President
  • Pete Buttigieg (24) Indiana DOT Secretary
  • Tom Steyer (13) Possible Democratic candidate for President from California
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    Marianne Williamson: Abortion is about private morality; government has no role.
Budget & Economy
    Andrew Yang: Our winner take all economy causes social problems.
Civil Rights
    Joe Biden: I've benefited from white privilege, & been looked down upon.
    Joe Biden: People have the right to protest peacefully.
    Joe Biden: Military should not deal with domestic unrest.
    Pete Buttigieg: Federal funding should never be used to discriminate.
    Amy Klobuchar: Collect data on GLBT issues so we can persuade Congress.
    Amy Klobuchar: Throughout career, fighting hate crimes a priority.
    Amy Klobuchar: Ban conversion therapy; it makes no sense at all.
    Amy Klobuchar: Yes to federal law that allows third gender on documents.
    Beto O`Rourke: Conversion therapy for gay children is tantamount to torture.
    Cory Booker: Blacks were fractions of human, in original Constitution.
    Cory Booker: We must enforce equal rights in schools.
    Cory Booker: Always fights for LGBTQ and will pass Equality Act.
    Elizabeth Warren: If you believe in one-man-one-woman, marry just one woman!
    Joe Biden: Raised in 1960s to treat homosexuality as basic love.
    Joe Biden: Pass Equality Act, enforce Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ.
    Joe Biden: Yes to transgender in military and right to do as others do.
    Kamala Harris: I performed same-sex marriages in 2004, AND later ones.
    Kamala Harris: End unequal treatment under law by sexual orientation.
    Kamala Harris: Protect those who are more vulnerable to hate.
    Pete Buttigieg: I knew I was different long before I knew I was gay.
    Pete Buttigieg: An Equality Act will fight discrimination on many fronts.
    Bernie Sanders: Even prisoners should still have right to vote.
    Kamala Harris: Legalize sex work, but fight trafficking and abuse.
    Kamala Harris: Women's issues are really about everyone.
    Kamala Harris: Ally of LGBTQ community; must end discrimination.
    Pete Buttigieg: If U.S. to address human rights, we need to be credible.
    Marianne Williamson: Reparations are an appropriate response to country's history.
    Marianne Williamson: Attacks on gay rights is attack on us all.
    Elizabeth Warren: Break up big tech platforms like Amazon & Google.
    Pete Buttigieg: Anti-trust law must go beyond pricing to deal with high tech.
    Joe Biden: Bring stakeholders together to agree on police reforms.
    Tom Steyer: We need to break the school-to-prison pipeline.
    Tom Steyer: Mistake to invest in private prisons, fought for state ban.
    Pete Buttigieg: Country is shockingly over-incarcerated.
    Amy Klobuchar: Safe harbor for prostitutes;but don't decriminalize sex work.
    Beto O`Rourke: More resources to fight hate crime against black trans women.
    Cory Booker: Presidential office on hate crimes and white supremacy.
    Kamala Harris: I fought and ended the "gay panic" defense.
    Tom Steyer: Transgendered hate crimes: unequivocally prosecute severely.
    Elizabeth Warren: Must get serious about gun control & background checks.
    Kamala Harris: Have a conversation on whether prisoners should vote.
    Pete Buttigieg: Restore voting rights for ex-cons, but not those in prison.
    Andrew Yang: Jail for dealers; treatment for addicts.
    Amy Klobuchar: Use drug courts; diversity in law enforcement.
    Elizabeth Warren: Change to pro-legalization of marijuana.
    Joe Biden: Write off $10,000 in student debt, not $50,000.
    Joe Biden: $100B for school ventilation; part of $1T for infrastructure.
    Tom Steyer: Deal with student debt by subsidizing interest rate.
    Pete Buttigieg: Schoolchildren shouldn't have to have active shooter drills.
    Pete Buttigieg: Triple Title I funding; create Education Access Corps.
    Andrew Yang: Giving families money will improve educational outcomes.
    Elizabeth Warren: Secretary of Ed should enforce civil rights and value all.
    Amy Klobuchar: Address student debt in ways beyond free college.
    Amy Klobuchar: Loan forgiveness for those taking public service jobs.
    Elizabeth Warren: Roll back student debt; free college going forward.
    Kamala Harris: Change rules on student debt: reduce interest, income based.
    Pete Buttigieg: States should take on more of cost of higher education.
    Pete Buttigieg: Supports loan forgiveness but not across the board.
    Marianne Williamson: Wipe out college loans burdening the young.
Energy & Oil
    Joe Biden: Allow fracking, but get to net zero emissions by 2050.
    Joe Biden: When I hear global warming, I think jobs.
    Pete Buttigieg: Have to break idea that choice is between climate and jobs.
    Andrew Yang: Move subsidies from fossil fuel to wind and solar.
    Elizabeth Warren: Environmental standards in trade agreements.
    Amy Klobuchar: Would rejoin climate pact & propose new legislation.
    Bernie Sanders: End fossil fuel; move toward wind and solar.
    Elizabeth Warren: Supports Green New Deal; invest in green infrastructure.
    Kamala Harris: Green New Deal sets agenda for dealing with climate change.
    Marianne Williamson: Climate change biggest crisis of our time.
    Joe Biden: Green New Deal is in platform and it's not too much.
    Joe Biden: WOTUS: clean water rules create rural jobs.
    Joe Biden: Pay to put farmland in land banks, for open space & carbon.
    Marianne Williamson: Deal with factory farming by having environmentalists at EPA.
Families & Children
    Pete Buttigieg: Teens shouldn't worry that they will be killed at school.
    Andrew Yang: More therapists in schools; kids very anxious these days.
    Amy Klobuchar: Churches & agencies should follow law on gay rights.
    Amy Klobuchar: Make it easier for LGBTQ couples to adopt.
    Marianne Williamson: Need a cabinet department to focus on children and youth.
Foreign Policy
    Joe Biden: Russia is an opponent, not an enemy.
    Joe Biden: US should promote LGBTQ rights worldwide; stop aid if needed.
    Tom Steyer: Represent LGBT rights in human rights action abroad.
    Bernie Sanders: Supports Israel's right to exist, not Netanyahu.
    Marianne Williamson: Support Israeli security & Palestinian human rights.
    Marianne Williamson: Return moral principles to our foreign policy.
Free Trade
    Joe Biden: China is a competitor, not an opponent.
    Joe Biden: China unfairly competes with state-owned enterprises.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Yes, US has tried "Buy American" for 100 years.
    Elizabeth Warren: Countries want to trade with us; so push for human rights.
    Pete Buttigieg: Free trade doesn't have to mean exporting jobs.
Government Reform
    Joe Biden: Push plan to make voting machinery & process secure.
    Joe Biden: Early voting, same day registration safeguards elections.
    Joe Biden: Justice Department is not the president's private lawyer.
    Andrew Yang: Banning Electoral College non-starter; reform system.
    Amy Klobuchar: Pass Equality Act by marshalling public support.
    Cory Booker: Paid family leave and child tax credit expansion for all.
    Elizabeth Warren: Pass Equality Act in Senate with more Dems or end filibuster.
    Tom Steyer: 12-year Congressional term limits for generational shift.
    Marianne Williamson: DC should have representation in Congress.
    Marianne Williamson: Must address election security & Russian interference.
Gun Control
    Tom Steyer: We license car-owners; we should license gun-owners.
    Andrew Yang: Break stranglehold of NRA on Congress.
    Kamala Harris: If Congress won't pass gun laws, do it by executive action.
    Marianne Williamson: Gun laws are driven by profits of gun manufacturers.
Health Care
    Joe Biden: Protect workers and schools from COVID with funding & PPE.
    Joe Biden: Wearing a mask is a patriotic requirement, not slavery.
    Joe Biden: Add public option to ACA, healthcare is a right.
    Pete Buttigieg: Make it OK to publicly talk about mental health struggles.
    Joe Biden: Public option for ObamaCare; $50 billion for research.
    Amy Klobuchar: Take on Big Pharma, to make drugs more affordable.
    Amy Klobuchar: More mental health resources for LGBTQ.
    Beto O`Rourke: Distribute PrEP to everyone, at reduced cost.
    Cory Booker: Forbid charging more for drugs in U.S. than elsewhere.
    Elizabeth Warren: AIDS drugs should be available at cost for all.
    Joe Biden: By 2021, ACA says insurance must pay for expensive HIV drugs.
    Kamala Harris: Federal funding for PrEP to prevent HIV/AIDS.
    Pete Buttigieg: Good care for all and affordable prevention for all.
    Tom Steyer: Big Pharma charges Americans 10x what they charge abroad.
    Tom Steyer: Directly fund academic research to find cure for AIDS.
    Amy Klobuchar: Ensure vets get equal support for mental health.
    Amy Klobuchar: Supports public option for Medicaid & Medicare.
    Amy Klobuchar: Take on Big Pharma on prices & lack of competition.
    Bernie Sanders: Single payer will transform health care for the better.
    Kamala Harris: Private insurance not victims under single payer.
    Marianne Williamson: Make Medicare for All a public option.
Homeland Security
    Joe Biden: Greatest terror threat to America is domestic terror.
    Joe Biden: Protect electoral process from disinformation.
    Joe Biden: First thing I'll do is send Congress an immigration bill.
    Pete Buttigieg: Biblical "welcoming the stranger" means immigrants.
    Beto O`Rourke: Why do we check for HIV at the border and no other diseases?
    Beto O`Rourke: Don't turn away asylum seekers who return home to face death.
    Tom Steyer: Trump's border policy is a crime against humanity.
    Pete Buttigieg: There's a consensus on immigration if we have the will.
    Marianne Williamson: Need to examine how US policy created border crisis.
    Joe Biden: Require federal contractors to buy American products.
    Joe Biden: No one should have to work two jobs to get out of poverty.
    Joe Biden: $15 an hour is too little for healthcare workers.
    Andrew Yang: Help youth get access to trade and technical training.
    Amy Klobuchar: Enact laws to assure equal pay & equal opportunity.
Principles & Values
    Joe Biden: The nation is not as divided as we make it out to be.
    Joe Biden: Bring together a divided nation and a world in disarray.
    Joe Biden: Trump could have saved 37,000 lives if he had shared info.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: No, only 50% of recent presidents were Ivy league.
    Pete Buttigieg: Nobody this side of paradise can fix anything alone.
    Tom Steyer: US is supposed to be value-driven leader of the world.
    Joe Biden: Won't promise to serve one term unless change in health.
    Joe Biden: There's nothing beyond the capacity of the American people.
    Cory Booker: His faith taught love, so he fought his own homophobia.
    Kamala Harris: The power of a president's support will help LGBTQ youth.
    Pete Buttigieg: Invest in mental health and build community.
    Pete Buttigieg: Religious freedom does not mean the right to hurt others.
    Bernie Sanders: Government should address income inequality, not support it.
    Pete Buttigieg: God does not have a political party.
Social Security
    Elizabeth Warren: System can be fixed if we have political will.
Tax Reform
    Tom Steyer: Unbearable inequality in most unfair tax regime I've seen.
    Bernie Sanders: Supports progressive taxation; closing loopholes for wealthy.
    Elizabeth Warren: Proposes wealth tax for fortunes over $50 million.
    Pete Buttigieg: National data security policy, don't leave it to companies.
    Andrew Yang: Hold Facebook accountable and invest in local news.
    Tom Steyer: Collect census data on LGBTQ status.
    Kamala Harris: Cybersecurity crucial to protect elections & infrastructure.
    Pete Buttigieg: Automation is changing the workplace; we need to adapt.
War & Peace
    Joe Biden: Support Afghan counter-terrorism; oppose counter-insurgency.
    Andrew Yang: Declaring war is an act of Congress.
Welfare & Poverty
    Elizabeth Warren: Need funding to help LGBTQ homeless youth.
    Julian Castro: Bring back LGBT non-discrimination policies for HUD housing.
    Kamala Harris: Use the tax code to alleviate homelessness.
    Bernie Sanders: Would sign reparations bill; wants investment in poor areas.

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