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)
(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)
Stephen Noble Smith: Guarantee access to reproductive healthcare for women.
Woody Thrasher: I'm a pro-life conservative.
Jeff Kessler: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
Bill Cole: Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Vetoed ban on abortion after 20 weeks.
Jeff Kessler: Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain.
Michael Folk: Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain.
Alex Mooney: Fight to stop federal taxpayer funding of abortion.
Evan Jenkins: Life begins at conception.
John Buckley: Protections of law apply to the unborn child.
Jeff Kessler: Stem cell research ok, but not embryonic research.
Budget & Economy|
Stephen Noble Smith: Invest in and simplify rules for small businesses.
Patrick Morrisey: Supports Balanced Budget Amendment to protect taxpayers.
Don Blankenship: Republican control will eventually improve state economy.
Jim Justice: Limit lawmaker pay to 5 work days for any special session.
Alex Mooney: Cut wasteful spending & entitlements so kids aren't burdened.
John Buckley: Government "stimulus" is illusory.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Deficit borrowing just kicks the can down the road.
Earl Ray Tomblin: 2011 budget: balanced; no new taxes; no new fees.
Joe Manchin III: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
John Raese: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
Joe Manchin III: Balanced budget amendment except in national emergency.
Stephen Noble Smith: Tax incentives to hire people with disabilities.
Stephen Noble Smith: End discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.
Patrick Morrisey: Disappointed with gay marriage legalization.
Alex Mooney: Defines marriage as one man and one woman.
Evan Jenkins: Marriage is between one man and woman.
John Buckley: Marriage equality for same-gender couples.
Jeff Kessler: No civil unions between same-sex couples.
Jeff Kessler: Affirmative action for state college but not in state hiring.
Stephen Noble Smith: Raise corporate income tax rate to 9%.
Natalie Tennant: Maintain health & retirement benefits during bankruptcies.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Relax rules on paying terminated employees within 3 days.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Sales tax credit for new business; & tax increment financing.
Joe Manchin III: Endorsed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Stephen Noble Smith: Courts, police, schools will track bias, & get help to fix.
Woody Thrasher: Hard labor & death penalty for drug crimes.
Patrick Morrisey: $1M more for state police drug testing in criminal cases.
John Buckley: Neutral on whether stricter enforcement is effective.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Texting while driving now illegal; add phoning & drugs.
Jeff Kessler: More state prisons; also penalties other than incarceration.
Stephen Noble Smith: Clear waiting lists for addiction recovery treatment.
Stephen Noble Smith: Legalize cannabis; expunge drug offenses after 3 years.
Woody Thrasher: Substance abuse significant problem in West Virginia.
Jim Justice: Jobs & Hope: $29.7 million to guide people in recovery.
Michael Folk: Government can't solve drug problem; only community can.
Ron Stollings: Addiction is a disease; integrate recovery into primary care.
Stephen Noble Smith: Rapidly expand access to drug treatment services.
Woody Thrasher: Execute drug dealers whose sales result in death.
Woody Thrasher: Addiction is a disease; but no compassion for dealers.
Ron Stollings: Establish the Governor's Office of Substance Abuse.
Jim Justice: Three-pronged attack to go after the drug runners.
Jim Justice: Support the expansion of drug courts.
John Buckley: Supports the legalization of marijuana.
Earl Ray Tomblin: If you get high, you won't get hired--Drugs aren't working.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Substance abuse re-offenders cause prison overcrowding.
Stephen Noble Smith: Create 100 public "Entrepreneurial Schools".
Stephen Noble Smith: Index pay for teachers and tie it to inflation.
Stephen Noble Smith: Support technical education & apprenticeship programs.
Woody Thrasher: For charter schools; not sure on education savings accounts.
Jim Justice: Cool to education savings accounts & charter schools.
Patrick Morrisey: Endorsed by Home School Legal Defense Association.
Jim Justice: Pay our teachers what they're worth, to attract the best.
Bill Cole: Pilot program of 10 county-run charter schools.
Jeff Kessler: Voted NO on pilot program of 10 charter schools.
Alex Mooney: I support school choice programs & home-schooling.
John Buckley: Federal government has no Constitutional role in education.
Earl Ray Tomblin: All children should read by the end of the 3rd grade.
Joe Manchin III: More accountability & more audits in the education system.
Joe Manchin III: Keep public education infrastructure strong.
John Raese: Competition is what's good for education.
John Raese: Allow families a voucher to send kids to private schools.
Earl Ray Tomblin: One-time $800 enhancement now; teacher raise later.
Jeff Kessler: More funding for K-12 testing, but also teacher salaries.
Jeff Kessler: Prayer in public schools is ok; so is sex ed.
Energy & Oil|
Jim Justice: Promote new uses for central Appalachian coal.
Alex Mooney: No cap-&-trade; no war on coal; no job-destroying EPA burden.
Evan Jenkins: Fight tooth & nail against the War on Coal.
John Buckley: Let market decide about green energy.
Natalie Tennant: Coal will play vital role in West Virginia's bright future.
Joe Manchin III: I fought for coal in past & will fight for coal in future.
Joe Manchin III: EPA regulatory practices unfairly hurt Appalachian coal.
John Raese: Obama administration has caused decline of coal.
Joe Manchin III: 2010 ad: Shot a hole in the cap and trade bill.
Earl Ray Tomblin: We should be looking for more ways to use coal, not less.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Develop natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.
John Raese: Global warming is a myth.
Joe Manchin III: Obama's greenhouse gas plan won't solve the problem.
John Raese: Hands-off approach to energy production.
John Buckley: People should be able to legally enforce clean air & water.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Identify and remediate land available for development.
John Raese: Abolish the EPA & the Department of Energy.
Jeff Kessler: Fund open space & industrial site cleanup.
Families & Children|
Stephen Noble Smith: For family leave, and equal pay for equal work.
Stephen Noble Smith: Kinship families receive same support as foster families.
Ron Stollings: Raise age to 21 for buying tobacco and vape products.
John Buckley: The United Nations is a joke.
Evan Jenkins: Help keep jobs here in America.
John Buckley: Expand free trade.
Stephen Noble Smith: Offer public financing for all state elections.
Stephen Noble Smith: Implement automatic voter registration.
Jim Justice: Ban fundraising while the legislature is in session.
Jim Justice: No contributions to legislators during legislative sessions.
Michael Folk: No party-line voting; yes write-in voting.
Bill Cole: No party-line voting; yes write-in voting.
Earl Ray Tomblin: No party-line voting; yes write-in voting.
Jeff Kessler: Straight party ticket voting ok.
John Buckley: Require photo identification for voting.
Natalie Tennant: Supports electronic voter registration and vote-by-mail.
Natalie Tennant: Voter photo ID laws place unrealistic barriers.
Joe Manchin III: Not more government, but easier government.
John Raese: I think we need less government.
John Raese: End the coalition of taking & government control.
John Raese: Federal earmarks create career politicians.
Joe Manchin III: Suspended state earmarking as governor; do same federally.
John Raese: Supports line-item veto & balanced budget amendment.
John Raese: Earmarks are taxation without representation.
Jeff Kessler: Limit campaign contributions from PACs and corporations.
Woody Thrasher: I believe in the Second Amendment.
Don Blankenship: Democrats pose a real threat to our right to bear arms.
Jeff Kessler: Don't require permit and training for concealed carry.
Alex Mooney: Misguided gun laws only punish law-abiding gun owners.
Evan Jenkins: Defend the Second Amendment.
John Buckley: Supports right to gun ownership.
Joe Manchin III: Vetoed restrictions on automatic weapon sales.
Ron Stollings: Coronavirus: $2m to prepare a plan now.
Ron Stollings: Re-examine Medicaid reimbursement rates to medical providers.
Stephen Noble Smith: Create public option for individuals & local small business.
Jeff Kessler: ObamaCare gets thousands of the poor onto Medicaid.
Bill Cole: Limit class-action medical malpractice awards to $500,000.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Limit class-action medical malpractice awards to $500,000.
Jeff Kessler: Limit class-action medical malpractice awards to $500,000.
Michael Folk: Limit class-action medical malpractice awards to $500,000.
Alex Mooney: Replace ObamaCare with free-market reforms.
Evan Jenkins: ObamaCare is a boondoggle; repeal and replace.
John Buckley: Repeal ObamaCare.
Patrick Morrisey: Repeal ObamaCare; oppose individual mandate.
Joe Manchin III: ObamaCare makes healthcare more affordable for everyone.
Joe Manchin III: Reform & repair ObamaCare, not repeal.
John Raese: ObamaCare is the problem, not the solution.
Earl Ray Tomblin: WV Connect: access for 10,000 working uninsured & spouses.
Joe Manchin III: I'm behind reform; but a lot of ObamaCare needs repeal.
Joe Manchin III: Opposes requiring individuals or businesses to buy insurance.
Joe Manchin III: Prohibit denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
John Raese: ObamaCare is worst bill to ever come out of Congress.
John Raese: ObamaCare is pure, unadulterated socialism.
Michael Folk: 2016: Trial, then hang Hillary Clinton for treason.
Evan Jenkins: Increase military spending & upgrade equipment.
Jim Justice: Exempt military retirees from the state income tax.
John Buckley: Supports smaller & less expensive military.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Our troops safeguard us from terrorism and protect freedom.
Earl Ray Tomblin: State cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs.
Don Blankenship: Build wall to stop illegals and choose who we want in.
Alex Mooney: Secure the borders first; then reform without amnesty.
John Buckley: Pathway to residency but only after welfare is reformed.
Stephen Noble Smith: Pass strongest pro-labor laws in the country.
Woody Thrasher: Will work to pass "right-to-work" legislation.
Evan Jenkins: Raise the state minimum wage & federal minimum wage.
John Buckley: No affirmative action; hire based on merit alone.
Earl Ray Tomblin: $20M for Unemployment Compensation Fund.
John Raese: Abolish the minimum wage.
John Raese: My forte is creating jobs.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Update pipeline safety statutes with $200,000 per violation.
Principles & Values|
Woody Thrasher: I've learned a lot from President Donald Trump.
Patrick Morrisey: Prohibit government from violating our God-given rights.
John Buckley: Smaller state means less separation-of-church issue.
Joe Manchin III: We can only fix things by coming together.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Priorities: business climate; education; reinvent government.
Joe Manchin III: My forte is creating jobs; I'll bring spirit of capitalism.
Joe Manchin III: To Raese: Mr. Obama's name will not be on the ballot!
John Raese: OpEd: TV ad with hick actors hilites part-time WV residency.
Joe Manchin III: Duty as governor to work with the president.
John Raese: No rubber stamp for the Obama administration.
Ron Stollings: Stop Looting American Pensions.
Jim Justice: Signs law phasing out tax on Social Security for most.
Patrick Morrisey: Keep solemn promise made to our seniors.
Evan Jenkins: Oppose privatizing Social Security or Medicare.
John Buckley: Allow investing retirement dollars in private accounts.
Stephen Noble Smith: Institute a lobbying tax.
Stephen Noble Smith: Shift tax breaks to small, local businesses.
Stephen Noble Smith: Half-penny wealth tax over $2 million nonresidential assets.
Stephen Noble Smith: Wealthy should pay same cumulative tax rate as workers.
Don Blankenship: Stands behind Trump's agenda including the tax reform bill.
Jim Justice: Don't tax people to death; rein in government by attrition.
Alex Mooney: Signed "No New Taxes Pledge".
Evan Jenkins: Tax relief instead of tax increases.
John Buckley: Lower taxes for everyone.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Reduce, then remove, regressive & unfair sales tax on food.
Joe Manchin III: Don't mess with or increase taxes during a time of turmoil.
John Raese: Make tax cuts permanent, even for earners over $250K.
Stephen Noble Smith: Update road funding formula; tax trucks for damage.
Ron Stollings: Invest in infrastructure and site development.
Alex Mooney: End federal obsession with big city public transportation.
Alex Mooney: End overreach of NSA's surveillance program.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Foster public private partnerships to develop our roads.
Natalie Tennant: Expand R&D, broadband, tourism, & energy sectors.
Joe Manchin III: States depend on federal government for key infrastructure.
War & Peace|
Alex Mooney: Cooperate & support Israel; it makes both countries stronger.
John Buckley: Stay out or Iran but be a friend of freedom.