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)
Florida Senate debate: Mel Martinez (R) vs. Betty Castor (D), Oct. 18 & 24, 2004
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Charlie Crist: Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions.
Kendrick Meek: I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist.
Charlie Crist: Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion.
Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered.
Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception.
Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal.
Budget & Economy|
Bill Nelson: Budget sequestration avoided national default.
Charlie Crist: OpEd: As incumbent, blamed for Florida's weak economy.
Kendrick Meek: Grow the economy rather than applying ideology.
Charlie Crist: Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare.
Kendrick Meek: For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts.
Betty Castor: No tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits.
Mel Martinez: Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit.
Charlie Crist: Opposed gay adoption; then praised Court overturning ban.
Charlie Crist: Lifetime member of NAACP.
Betty Castor: Support basic protections for gay couples, but not marriage.
Mel Martinez: Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Marco Rubio: Businesses need certainty to commit to hiring new workers.
Charlie Crist: Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs.
Energy & Oil|
Charlie Crist: Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions.
Betty Castor: We won’t solve this problem with more drilling.
Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling.
Connie Mack IV: Criticizes agricultural tax breaks for grazing land.
Bill Nelson: Keep the Cuban embargo, but let family members travel.
Connie Mack IV: Keep the Cuban embargo until Cuba is a free democracy.
Betty Castor: Bush’s travel restrictions to Cuba are wrong.
George LeMieux: Opposed thousands of earmarks during time in Senate.
Connie Mack IV: ObamaCare cuts $700 billion out of your Medicare.
Connie Mack IV: Repeal ObamaCare but preserve pre-existing condition rule.
Betty Castor: Fight for a meaningful prescription drug plan.
Mel Martinez: Support Bush’s plan to provide prescription drug benefits.
Betty Castor: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Connie Mack IV: Budget sequestration guts our military.
Charlie Crist: Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked.
Marco Rubio: No evidence to change policy of don't ask, don't tell.
Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft.
Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary.
Bill Nelson: Path to citizenship with fines & English proficiency.
Connie Mack IV: No amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Marco Rubio: AZ law may unreasonably single out some citizens.
Marco Rubio: Don't count illegal immigrants in the 2010 census.
Betty Castor: Expedite citizenship for legal immigrants on active duty.
Mel Martinez: Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Principles & Values|
Connie Mack IV: GOP debates only help Democrats.
Connie Mack IV: Son of Senator; husband of Congresswoman.
George LeMieux: Kept his promise not run for re-election after appointment.
Charlie Crist: I would have left GOP anyway; they're too extreme.
Charlie Crist: We need open-mindedness in a Senator, not ideology.
Marco Rubio: Fundraised via "Floridians for Conservative Leadership".
Marco Rubio: Repaid Florida GOP for overspending on party credit card.
Marco Rubio: Home purchases funded by very GOP-friendly bank boards.
Marco Rubio: As Speaker, passed 57 of "100 Innovative Ideas".
Bob Smith: Only one in this race with real-world experience.
Marco Rubio: God does not love America more than Belgium.
Charlie Crist: Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income.
Marco Rubio: Raise retirement age for those now under 55.
Charlie Crist: Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA.
Marco Rubio: Tough choices include raising retirement age & reducing COLA.
Betty Castor: Oppose privatizing Social Security and retirement age change.
Mel Martinez: Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency.
Betty Castor: Privatizing Social Security will reduce benefits.
Betty Castor: Oppose investing Social Security in the stock market.
Mel Martinez: Allow people to invest in a private account.
Connie Mack IV: Litmus test: Voting for higher taxes means it's time to go.
Charlie Crist: Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later.
Kendrick Meek: Bush tax cuts killed surpluses; no more trickle-down.
Marco Rubio: No one should pay higher taxes in recession, not even top 2%.
Marco Rubio: Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners.
Charlie Crist: Extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Marco Rubio: 2000: $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund Marlins stadium.
Betty Castor: Tax cuts must reward people who work hard for a living.
Mel Martinez: Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth.
War & Peace|
Kendrick Meek: Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts.
Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information.
Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary.
Betty Castor: Finish the job in Iraq, repair relations with other nations.
Mel Martinez: Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD.
Welfare & Poverty|
Betty Castor: Raising minimum wage will help.
Mel Martinez: A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty.
The above quotations are from Florida Senate debate: Mel Martinez (R) vs. Betty Castor (D), Oct. 18 & 24, 2004.