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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)

Book Reviews

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The Right Answer
How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation

by John K. Delaney

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    Click on a participant to pop-up their full list of quotations
    from The Right Answer (number of quotes indicated):
  • Bob Dole (1) Former Republican Senator (Until 1996) Kansas
  • Donald Trump (1) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • John Delaney (24) Maryland Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
  • Mitt Romney (1) Massachusetts Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008)
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

John Delaney made the cut for the June 25-26, 2019, Democratic primary debates, so we excerpted his book. John Delaney's history includes founding a healthcare company and becoming independently wealthy; using his wealth to finance start-up businesses; and beating an incumbent Congressional Republican then winning re-election twice in Maryland. His history might make people say, "This guy is a strong presidential contender" -- but in 2020's over-crowded Democratic primary, most people say, "John who?"

John Delaney was the very first candidate to announce for President against Donald Trump, on July 28, 2017 (that's 6 months after Trump took office, and 18 months before Delaney's term in Congress was to end). Delaney opted out of running for re-election so he could focus on running for the presidency. Delaney is moderate and bipartisan he writes that he was "ranked as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress, a designation I was proud of" (p. 8). Delaney's main complaint against Trump is Trump's immoderate partisanship, writing that Trump's election "wasn't going to stop me from working with the other side to get things done" (p. 9).

Delaney defines himself by "the importance of telling the truth" (p, 21), in contrast to Trump, presumably. Delaney focuses on truth-telling learned from his dad for personal relations; then from his business dealings; and then in his public policies. Delaney's goal is to rebuild trust in government by offering himself as a trustworthy president, and much of this book focuses on establishing that trustworthiness. But he has a long way to go to re-establish trust: a Gallup poll at the time this book was written, asking about trust in Congress, has 59% of Americans declaring "not very much" or "none at all" (9/12/2018).

Delaney comes across as a "policy wonk" very detailed and hence very challenging for us to excerpt! -- who has never mastered the "sound bite." (Presidential candidates get on TV news with brief, 5-to-10-second video clips called "sound bites," which means candidates need to practice summarizing their policy stances in 5-to-10-second intervals). Delaney has not accomplished that, and is aware of the problem: "At first, I'd go to events and give wonky speeches packed with numbers and facts, because that's what I thought people wanted to hear. Unfortunately, they just thought I was boring" (p. 150).

Delaney doesn't have a "pet policy" like some other candidates (for example, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) is running for president to highlight climate change; and Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK) is running for president to highlight American militarism). Delaney's "pet topic" is bipartisanship with a well-rounded business background and moderate voting record.

Delaney's business background does highlight his policy stances as more liberal than the usual successful businessman. He made his fortune providing small loans to businesses that banks considered too small and too risky -- that is known in policy circles as "micro-lending" and is a popular liberal policy, especially abroad. Delaney is aware of the popularity of that liberal policy abroad; he cites Grameen Bank from the 1980s as a model (p. 98). Delaney also predicted the 2008 economic collapse based on deregulation of CDO's (collateralized debt obligations, one of the causes of the Great Recession) and got out of the CDO business in 2007, calling it "a giant Ponzi scheme" that "looked too much like storm clouds for me not to take cover" (p. 121). In other words, he was financially savvy enough to have recognized the coming financial collapse.

Bottom line: Delaney would be a strong candidate in any year except 2019. Maybe he'll survive the debates as the moderate bipartisan alternative, although Joe Biden also claims the moderate bipartisan alternative label, so that seems unlikely. More likely, Delaney will make a name for himself in the 2020 presidential race and become eligible to run forfor Maryland's Governor or Senator seats.

-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, June 2019

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Bob Dole: 1980: Patent changes let companies commercialize innovation.
    John Delaney: Founded Leddel Health with fellow law school student.
    John Delaney: Early adopter of healthcare "capitation" business model.
    John Delaney: Founded HealthPartners Financial; sold for $500M in 1999.
    John Delaney: High rate of incarceration is a tragic situation.
    John Delaney: Reach students when they are young, with pre-K.
Energy & Oil
    Donald Trump: OpEd: US is only country out of 197 to reject Paris accord.
    John Delaney: Align incentives so creators of CO2 emissions pay for them.
    John Delaney: Gas tax has fallen since 1993, due to inflation.
Families & Children
    John Delaney: Broaden EITC eligibility to include childless workers.
Government Reform
    John Delaney: Presidential press briefings are just propaganda sessions.
    John Delaney: Gerrymandering corrupts our democracy; get rid of system.
    John Delaney: Independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering.
Gun Control
    John Delaney: Seek solutions to gun violence in schools.
Health Care
    John Delaney: Let 55-year-olds buy into Medicare.
    John Delaney: Allow Medicare to negotiate pharmaceutical pricing.
    John Delaney: Costs would rise too quickly in a single-payer system.
    Mitt Romney: Idea for opt-in health exchanges adopted by ObamaCare.
Homeland Security
    John Delaney: National service program, plus community & veterans' service.
    John Delaney: Public-private training partnership to address skills gap.
Principles & Values
    John Delaney: The enemy is hyper-partisan politics.
    John Delaney: No persuasive data to suggest embracing socialism.
Social Security
    John Delaney: Social insurance programs have cut senior poverty by 50%.
    John Delaney: Maintain and invest in 21st-century infrastructure.
    John Delaney: More money into R&D, to enable entrepreneurial risk.
War & Peace
    John Delaney: Debate new AUMF; eliminate nuclear proliferation.
Welfare & Poverty
    John Delaney: 1970s EITC ended disincentive for poor people to work.

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  • Mitt Romney Massachusetts Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008)

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How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation

by John K. Delaney

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