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)
Walt Maddox: Anti-abortion but pro-law: don't waste time on new laws.
Chris Countryman: Supports choice and women's health care.
Luther Strange: Permanently cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.
Roy Moore: Opposes abortion & funding Planned Parenthood.
Doug Jones: I stand with Planned Parenthood.
Roy Moore: Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion.
Richard Shelby: Roe v. Wade flawed on both a constitutional & moral basis.
Marcus Bowman: Life begins at conception.
Ron Crumpton: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right.
Ron Crumpton: Best to end abortion, but not by making it a crime.
Kay Ivey: Signed amicus brief to stop abortions after 20 weeks.
Gary Palmer: I will vote to protect the right to life.
Robert Bentley: Do everything to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Robert Bentley: Right to Life applies to most vulnerable & most helpless.
Budget & Economy|
Roy Moore: Cut taxes and spending to stimulate economy.
Walt Maddox: Fiscal 2018 budget raised rates on services and cut expenses.
Stacy Lee George: Vocational training key to jobs program.
David Carrington: Clean up overspending; restore fiscal responsibility.
Tommy Battle: $750M in city spending to generate $2.5B private investment.
Kay Ivey: Accelerate Alabama economic development strategic plan.
Chris Countryman: Prepare financially for new, or expanding, state programs.
Richard Shelby: Opposes raising the debt limit; opposes $18T debt.
Ron Crumpton: 9-point plan for government economic investment.
Marcus Bowman: Government should never be the driver of the economy.
Kay Ivey: Reduce red tape to improve \business climate.
Gary Palmer: Deal with our $17.2 trillion debt like any addiction.
Robert Bentley: Goal is balanced, conservative budget without federal help.
Robert Bentley: Protect essential services, and otherwise cut 15-45%.
William Barnes: Reduce spending and increase accountability.
William Barnes: Re-evaluate & reform banking and finance deregulation.
Jeff Sessions: Bailout well-intentioned, but too much federal intervention.
Vivian Davis Figures: GOP turned nation from surplus to deficit, and jobs get lost.
Kay Ivey: Held first ever Governor's Disability Job Fair.
Roy Moore: 14th Amendment restricts states & causes many problems.
Doug Jones: Full equality for women in the workplace.
Mo Brooks: Defend blaming "many sides" for white supremacist violence.
Roy Moore: OpEd: Lukewarm condemnation of white supremacist violence.
Roy Moore: Defend blaming "many sides" for white supremacist violence.
Roy Moore: Our sacred institution of marriage is one man and one woman.
Chris Countryman: No discrimination based on orientation or gender identity.
Chris Countryman: Ok to refuse church services to gay couples.
Walt Maddox: Honors Civil Rights History Task Force.
Ron Crumpton: Give the disabled the ability to obtain service dogs.
Marcus Bowman: Marriage defined as one man and one woman.
Ron Crumpton: Legally require hiring more women & minorities.
Ron Crumpton: Add gender identity to Civil Rights Act.
Chris Countryman: Repeatedly sought same-sex marriage license.
Ron Crumpton: Apply 1960s civil rights laws to LGBT community.
Ron Crumpton: Women make $0.78 vs. men; minorities make $0.75 vs. whites.
Robert Bentley: Ever mindful of our turbulent past 50 years ago.
Kay Ivey: One-man-one-woman marriage is cornerstone of civilization.
Robert Bentley: Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to hate crime criteria.
Vivian Davis Figures: Voted YES on apology for wrongs of Alabama slavery.
Robert Bentley: End affirmative action for colleges & state contracts.
Roy Moore: Against same sex marriage; against civil unions.
Doug Jones: Streamline regulations for small business.
Ron Crumpton: Trickle-down economics good for business but not for people.
Marcus Bowman: Hire and fire based on business needs.
Ron Crumpton: Offshore profit shifting needs to end.
Richard Shelby: Don't smother small banks with unnecessary regulations.
Ron Crumpton: Transfer $11 billion from corporate tax loopholes to schools.
Kay Ivey: Tax relief to job creators and small businesses.
Robert Bentley: We will do whatever we can to attract new businesses.
Kay Ivey: More prison staffing and more capital investments in prisons.
Doug Jones: Former prosecutor supports reform.
Stacy Lee George: Unburden prisons with path for reformed inmates.
ACLU: Require unanimous jury for the death penalty.
Kay Ivey: One death verdict instead of separate sentencing trial.
Chris Countryman: Creative and cost effective ways to deter crime.
Vivian Davis Figu: Keep separate sentencing trial in capital cases.
Walt Maddox: Approved tactical short-term crime reduction strategy.
Ron Crumpton: Treating illnesses is more productive than incarceration.
Robert Bentley: Construct four new state-of-the-art prison facilities.
Marcus Bowman: Stricter punishment reduces crime.
Ron Crumpton: End mandatory minimums & private prisons.
Gary Palmer: Supports capital punishment.
Robert Bentley: Expand use of death penalty; limit appeals.
Robert Bentley: End parole for repeat violent felons.
Walt Maddox: Substance abuse should have its own cabinet-level officer.
Doug Jones: Legalization for medical and recreational use.
Chris Countryman: Okay medical marijuana and study full legalization.
Luther Strange: Against medical marijuana.
David Carrington: Education will lower drug use & need for Medicaid.
Robert Bentley: Fight opioid addiction and fight drug abuse.
Marcus Bowman: Marijuana should be a local issue.
Ron Crumpton: Sensible approach to marijuana instead of prohibition.
Ron Crumpton: Sensible approach to marijuana policy instead of prohibition.
Ron Crumpton: Allow farmers to grow hemp: ecologically friendly cash crop.
Robert Bentley: Strengthen penalties for drug-related crimes.
Walt Maddox: Proposes a state lottery to transform the education system.
Kay Ivey: Strong Start, Strong Finish: from pre-K to workforce.
Roy Moore: Feds out of education; encourage vouchers.
Doug Jones: Invest in public schools, not private experiments.
Doug Jones: Public service & Pell grants to reduce college costs.
Stacy Lee George: Local control but invest in teachers.
David Carrington: Alabama needs massive increase in education spending.
Tommy Battle: Education funding top of priority list; no specific plan yet.
Roy Moore: Common Core? Education is not in the Constitution.
Chris Countryman: Cutting the education budget is never a solution.
Chris Countryman: Provide funding for college outside of sports scholarhips.
Marcus Bowman: Be mature enough to allow school prayer.
Marcus Bowman: Vouchers help achieve the best possible education.
Ron Crumpton: Vouchers take from public education.
Ron Crumpton: Our classrooms should be cathedrals: $650B to repair them.
Kay Ivey: Remove bad teachers; let students leave failing schools.
Gary Palmer: We need choice and local control.
Parker Griffith: Statewide lottery to fund Alabama schools.
Robert Bentley: First Class Pre-K good, but only enrolls 12% of kids.
Parker Griffith: AdWatch: New statewide vote on school-funding lottery.
Robert Bentley: First Class program: voluntary Pre-K education.
Robert Bentley: Improving schools with a federal/state/private partnership.
Robert Bentley: Give more power to school boards to make decisions.
Robert Bentley: Though benefits will be cut, no teaching jobs will be lost.
Kay Ivey: Charter Schools "plan of action" for statewide reform.
Kay Ivey: Charter Schools offer quality alternative to private schools.
Robert Bentley: Supports moment-of-silence and teacher spanking law.
Energy & Oil|
Walt Maddox: Incentives to encourage people & utilities to use solar.
Chris Countryman: Help transition to clean energy.
Roy Moore: Encourage coal mining and oil drilling.
Doug Jones: Renewables will makes us energy independent.
Marcus Bowman: Green energy should compete in the market.
Ron Crumpton: Make real investments in green technology.
Gary Palmer: US has more oil available than used in the last 100 years.
Gary Palmer: Supports Keystone XL & offshore oil production.
Tommy Battle: Worked with energy partners for sustainable future.
Robert Bentley: Supports off-shore drilling and the oil and gas industries.
Kay Ivey: Wind & solar power are still too expensive.
Jeff Sessions: Surge in gas prices sucks out American wealth.
Vivian Davis Figures: High gas prices make it harder to make ends meet.
Walt Maddox: Sees his role as a protector of the natural resources.
Doug Jones: Conservationists back Jones.
Luther Strange: Don't hamstring economy to get clean air & water.
Doug Jones: Coal is the past; must help workers transition.
Robert Bentley: Gulf State Park: economically & environmentally sustainable.
Marcus Bowman: Voluntary win-win solutions instead of EPA mandates.
Ron Crumpton: A healthy environment is essential to a healthy America.
Gary Palmer: Rein in the EPA.
Tommy Battle: Environmental education needs to start with the children.
Robert Bentley: Primary value of forests is economic and job related.
Kay Ivey: Tax credits for landowners who replant cut trees.
Kay Ivey: No water commissions with onerous regulations & litigation.
Families & Children|
Roy Moore: America was great when families were united.
Kay Ivey: Churches may decline foster kids to same-sex couples.
Vivian Davis Figu: Voted NO on churches declining foster kids to LGBT couples.
Kay Ivey: Support Alabama Girls State patriotism & Americanism.
Robert Bentley: Fund treatment for low-income children with Autism Spectrum.
Luther Strange: Don't require contraception in company health plans.
Robert Bentley: Supports relief for families who cannot afford their houses.
Roy Moore: U.S. shouldn't be restricted by U.N. treaties.
Roy Moore: America and Russia have both promoted bad things.
Richard Shelby: Immediate moratorium on Syrian refugees.
Robert Bentley: Sue federal government to reform Refugee Resettlement Act.
Marcus Bowman: America has a long-standing role in preserving peace.
Ron Crumpton: Act multilaterally, but with America in military lead.
Ron Crumpton: Foreign involvement is appropriate.
Doug Jones: Free trade is good for Alabama businesses.
Luther Strange: Kill foreign trade deals.
Roy Moore: Rescind free trade pacts.
Marcus Bowman: Free trade deals such as TPP are undermining America.
Ron Crumpton: Oppose free trade; outsourcing costs American jobs.
Ron Crumpton: We've lost more than 2.4 million jobs due to outsourcing.
Robert Bentley: Spread word far & wide: Made in Alabama.
Robert Bentley: $241K to promote AL exports and international trade.
William Barnes: It's been proven; a free market doesn't work.
Kay Ivey: Prohibit lobbyists from serving in the executive branch.
Tommy Battle: Create regional councils to see and hear the people.
Kay Ivey: Ban lobbyists from appointments by the executive branch.
Roy Moore: Repeal 17th Amendment & direct election of senators.
Doug Jones: Restore integrity to politics.
Roy Moore: Presidents should show birth certificates; question Obama's.
Stacy Lee George: End corruption; turn Alabama into model state.
David Carrington: Reorganize and streamline government.
Richard Shelby: Peer pressure & education to get people to register to vote.
Marcus Bowman: Common sense to require voters to show ID.
Ron Crumpton: Make voter registration easier.
Ron Crumpton: Limit "Dark Money"; people's interests over big business.
Kay Ivey: Reduce legislators' salary; remove ability to set own salary.
Kay Ivey: 5,000 fewer state employees than three years ago.
Gary Palmer: Full disclosure of sources of campaign contributions.
William Barnes: Running because Shelby's $13M warchest is from big business.
Vivian Davis Figures: Voted YES to prohibit money transfers between PACs.
Robert Bentley: No campaign spending limits; no state funding of candidates.
Walt Maddox: Refuses to comply with the NRA even if it costs him support.
Tommy Battle: Prefers more school security measures over armed teachers.
Kay Ivey: Firearms industry jobs part of rich history of 2nd Amendment.
Chris Countryman: Favors background checks and state database.
Luther Strange: Defends God-given 2nd Amendment rights.
Stacy Lee George: Unequivocally support the Second Amendment.
Roy Moore: Moore and his wife are armed.
Doug Jones: Supporter of 2nd amendment.
Marcus Bowman: Right to keep guns shall not be infringed.
Ron Crumpton: Absolute right to gun ownership, with exceptions.
Chris Countryman: Favors greater ability to track gun purchases.
Ron Crumpton: Strict interpretation of the Second Amendment.
Kay Ivey: Do everything we can to preserve right to bear arms.
Gary Palmer: Right to protect self and family.
Robert Bentley: Freedoms are guaranteed in the Second Amendment.
Gary Palmer: Repeal unconstitutional gun restrictions.
Robert Bentley: Respond to active shooters but guarantee Second Amendment.
Walt Maddox: Expand Medicaid so all citizens receive care.
Chris Countryman: Expand Medicaid; health care for all.
Luther Strange: Repeal the total failure of ObamaCare.
Roy Moore: Repeal Obamacare; allow competition.
Doug Jones: Fix, don't end, ObamaCare.
Stacy Lee George: Local control of Medicaid; no single payer.
Tommy Battle: Hands tied on Medicaid abuse as it's a federally run program.
Chris Countryman: Quality affordable care available to everyone.
Ron Crumpton: ObamaCare is a success, but it is just the first step.
Marcus Bowman: ObamaCare threatens status of best health care in the world.
Ron Crumpton: Move to a single-payer/ Medicare for all system.
Gary Palmer: When fully implemented, ObamaCare will be a nightmare.
Robert Bentley: Don't expand Medicaid, even if paid for by federal dollars.
Robert Bentley: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not Affordable.
Robert Bentley: Federal takeover of our health care system will kill jobs.
William Barnes: Affordable health care for everyone.
Kay Ivey: ObamaCare does much more harm than good.
Kay Ivey: Each state creates its own insurance pool for high risk.
Tommy Battle: Flying the flag both honors it and salutes the veterans.
Roy Moore: Open to hearings looking into what really happened on 9/11.
Roy Moore: No gays in the military.
Roy Moore: More money for modern weapons.
Stacy Lee George: Will focus on caring for veterans.
Kay Ivey: Ensure the stability of Alabama's military resources.
Richard Shelby: Stalwart protector of Redstone Arsenal & Marshall Center.
Robert Bentley: Veteran-owned business stickers in small business windows.
Marcus Bowman: We need to spend money for best-equipped military.
Ron Crumpton: Oppose expanding the military.
Ron Crumpton: Require all military contracts to use American companies.
Kay Ivey: 1,000-foot perimeter at military funerals to enforce respect.
Gary Palmer: Fully fund the Defense Department.
Robert Bentley: Veteran educational benefits after 1 month instead of 1 year.
Walt Maddox: Find a compassionate pathway to citizenship.
Doug Jones: Dreamers should be allowed to stay.
Luther Strange: Build border wall; defund sanctuary cities.
Luther Strange: Supports Muslim ban.
Roy Moore: Open borders a threat to national security.
Tommy Battle: Opposed to becoming sanctuary city; falls outside the law.
Richard Shelby: I oppose any and all proposals to grant amnesty.
Ron Crumpton: Ignore the rhetoric; immigrants are good for America.
Ron Crumpton: In reality, immigrants are good for America.
Marcus Bowman: There is no room for anyone breaking rules.
Ron Crumpton: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.
Gary Palmer: Secure our borders and enforce current immigration law.
Jeff Sessions: Unwaveringly defend US workers and taxpayers.
Jeff Sessions: FactCheck: Immigration bill requires 700 mile border fence.
Jeff Sessions: Opposes amnesty first; finish fencing and enforcement first.
Robert Bentley: Will fight illegal immigration in Alabama.
Kay Ivey: Vast sums pay for teaching children of illegal immigrants.
Walt Maddox: Will make workforce training and development his priority.
Chris Countryman: Raise the minimum wage.
Doug Jones: Supports a "living wage".
David Carrington: Need programs to train workers to get jobs & to advance.
Tommy Battle: 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act: 17,000 new jobs.
Chris Countryman: Current minimum wage barely meets worker needs.
Ron Crumpton: Raise the minimum wage to a living wage & save $7.6B.
Robert Bentley: Take pride in products stamped "Made In Alabama".
Robert Bentley: As new governor, job creation is my first priority.
William Barnes: Extend unemployment benefits as subsistence income.
Robert Bentley: Fix the fatally-dangerous Redmill Bridge, despite obstacles.
Principles & Values|
Walt Maddox: Put the principles of people over those of the parties.
Kay Ivey: Guide ship of state through storm of governor's resignation.
Kay Ivey: Listen, Learn, Help and Lead tour, to restore confidence.
Luther Strange: Let clergy endorse candidates.
Roy Moore: Must act as one nation under God.
David Carrington: Will clean up corrupt system and earn public trust.
Tommy Battle: Conservative values from first job in his dad's restaurant.
Tommy Battle: Longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Roy Moore: God first, then family, then country.
Roy Moore: Removed as Justice for illegally posting Ten Commandments.
Richard Shelby: Judeo-Christian values should guide all that we do.
Richard Shelby: OpEd: Voter presidential angst overcome in Senate primary.
Richard Shelby: OpEd: Makes Obama the icon of our xenophobia.
Robert Bentley: Great State 2019 Plan: purpose by the One who ordained us.
Ron Crumpton: Constitution forbids God in the public sphere.
Chris Countryman: Protect churches but not in non-religious public services.
Parker Griffith: 20-foot inflatable duck: Bentley is "ducking" the debates.
Robert Bentley: Refuses to debate, after promising to debate post-primaries.
Robert Bentley: We are endowed with certain Freedoms by our Creator.
Jeff Sessions: Sessions runs unopposed for 2014 Senate re-election.
Jeff Sessions: Declines debate challenge from Vivian Figures.
Vivian Davis Figures: Challenges Jeff Sessions to debate; Sessions declines.
Marcus Bowman: Explore all solutions for younger generations.
Ron Crumpton: Eliminate the cap on the social security tax.
Ron Crumpton: Eliminate the cap on the social security tax.
Jeff Sessions: Small adjustments now, so everyone has benefits in future.
Walt Maddox: Make Alabama's tax structure less regressive.
Chris Countryman: Super-rich must pay their fair share.
Roy Moore: Replace income tax with tax on goods and services.
Doug Jones: End tax cuts & loopholes for wealthy.
Stacy Lee George: New lottery will raise money at low cost.
Stacy Lee George: Modest changes can ease tax burden.
Marcus Bowman: Income taxes are not a solution; reduce spending.
Ron Crumpton: Higher taxes on the wealthy.
Chris Countryman: Supports targeted spending cuts and tax cuts.
Gary Palmer: Raising taxes is not the answer.
Gary Palmer: Repeal the death tax; adopt the FairTax.
Jeff Sessions: Bush tax cuts have helped the economy.
Robert Bentley: Supports flat tax structure for state income taxes.
Walt Maddox: Crumbling infrastructure threatens safety and job growth.
Tommy Battle: Investment in education can lead to landmark technology.
Luther Strange: Economy requires good roads & bridges.
Kay Ivey: Make Alabama the Voice of Aerospace for the States.
Kay Ivey: Create a sustainable climate for drone manufacturing.
Kay Ivey: $1 billion invested in Alabama's road and bridges.
Robert Bentley: $1 billion for ATRIP and RAMP infrastructure improvements.
Robert Bentley: $614M for ATRIP: Transportation Rehabilitation & Improvement.
Robert Bentley: Paperless agencies: online license & tag verification system.
War & Peace|
Roy Moore: Congress should have a say in foreign wars.
Ron Crumpton: Address the causes of terrorism & national security threats.
Marcus Bowman: We must, must remain vigilant against terrorism.
Jeff Sessions: Pleased with the success of the surge.
Jeff Sessions: Withdrawal timetable tells enemy when to prepare an attack.
Vivian Davis Figures: Bush sent troops to war on erroneous claims.
Vivian Davis Figures: Mideast less stable than before we invaded Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
Roy Moore: Let churches & charities help the needy.
Kay Ivey: Build public movement to end childhood hunger.
Ron Crumpton: Fight poverty instead of fighting people in poverty.
Ron Crumpton: Increase SNAP & unemployment benefits by 25%.
Ron Crumpton: Stop fighting war on people in poverty: Fight poverty!
Robert Bentley: We are poorest state, but government just causes dependency.