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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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Survey of 2008 House campaign websites

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    John Fleming: Abortion is a pernicious evil & a national sin.
    Mark Zaccaria: Safe, legal, and rare: don't return to back alley abortions.
    Mark Zaccaria: Make adoption a more palatable choice.
    Alan Grayson: Increase federal funding for stem cell research.
    Blaine Luetkemeyer: Support the unborn; oppose embryonic stem-cell research.
    Bobby Bright: I believe in the sanctity of life.
    Cynthia Lummis: Abortion is a sin against God.
    Cynthia Lummis: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: Life begins at conception.
    Eric Massa: Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.
    Eric Massa: I am “pro-cure” on stem cell research.
    Glenn Thompson: Do everything to protect innocent, unborn life.
    Glenn Thompson: Stop embryonic stem cell research.
    Jared Polis: I am pro-choice.
    Jim Himes: Protect a woman’s right to choose.
    Mike Coffman: Fight to protect the right to life.
    Pete Olson: Life begins at conception.
    Steve Austria: Defend the unborn.
    Joe Visconti: Life begins at conception.
    Tom Tancredo: The unborn enjoy a God given right to life.
Budget & Economy
    Mark Zaccaria: Do the right thing and cut pork, then cut all expenditures.
    Tom Perriello: No bailouts for Wall Street at Main Street's expense.
    Bob Barr: Earmarks are an outrageous abuse by Congressmen to buy votes.
    Jackie Speier: $329M daily Iraq War cost weakens our national economy.
    Ron Paul: Economic Revitalization Plan: “Prescription for Prosperity”.
    Bill Foster: $9 trillion deficit is breathtakingly irresponsible.
    Ron Paul: Prioritize spending based on Constitution--and lower it too.
Civil Rights
    Cynthia Lummis: God defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: Marriage is a sacred institution; not for same-sex.
    Jared Polis: As a gay man, I support prohibiting discrimination.
    Jim Himes: Supports marriage equality, with all other equal benefits.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: Women have right to equal pay for equal work.
    Paul Tonko: Voted for the NY same-sex marriage equality bill.
    Pete Olson: Devoutly pro-traditional marriage.
    Bob Barr: The Nanny State is getting increasingly intrusive.
    Tom Tancredo: The state’s interest in marriage is procreation.
    John Fleming: Corporate taxes are an onerous burden on businesses.
    Bob Barr: Eliminate billions in corporate welfare.
    Joseph Cao: Enforce and strengthen current laws.
    Erik Paulsen: Authored law for DNA database for all felony arrests.
    Tom Perriello: Get local police forces the resources they need.
    Betsy Markey: Public education is one of America’s greatest successes.
    Eric Massa: No taxpayer money to private schools via vouchers.
    Gerry Connolly: Increase federal investments in education.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: Increase our investment in both primary and higher education.
    Kurt Schrader: Good schools are backbone of a strong community.
    Tom Perriello: Ensure that all our children receive a quality education.
    Woody Myers: Mother served as school principal during desegregation.
    Jackie Speier: Stop punishing schools that are struggling.
    Cynthia McKinney: Our public schools are in a serious state disrepair.
    Cynthia McKinney: No Child Left Behind is an unfunded mandate.
    Brian Schatz: Reform NCLB: more funding and redefine "success".
    Ron Paul: Guarantee parity for home school diplomas.
Energy & Oil
    Ann Marie Buerkle: Cap-and-trade is a national energy tax & destroys jobs.
    Alan Grayson: Ban drilling for oil off Florida coasts.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Drill on public lands; drill offshore; keep oil in US.
    Ben Ray Lujan: Shift $ from oil company tax breaks to renewable development.
    Betsy Markey: Change to wind, solar and agricultural energy.
    Bill Cassidy: New oil refineries; drill ANWR; drill offshore.
    Blaine Luetkemeyer: Produce oil off-shore; start new refineries.
    Bobby Bright: Drill ANWR & offshore, towards energy independence.
    Brett Guthrie: Expand domestic oil production: drill in ANWR & offshore.
    Dan Maffei: Tax windfall profits to invest in renewable fuels.
    Debbie Halvorson: Commit our nation to clean and renewable sources of energy.
    Eric Massa: Human activity is the primary cause of global climate change.
    Frank Kratovil: First, use 68 million acres of undeveloped leased lands.
    Glenn Thompson: Drill on the Outer Continental Shelf; drill in ANWR.
    Harry Teague: Aggressively invest in alternative energy.
    Jared Polis: Now is the time for carbon emission-reduction.
    Jim Himes: We must become the agents of a green revolution.
    John Adler: End tax subsidies to big oil companies.
    John Boccieri: Invest in next-generation biofuels.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: Address climate change & leave our children a world.
    Kurt Schrader: Increase domestic energy production.
    Lynn Jenkins: New oil refineries; drill ANWR; drill offshore.
    Mark Schauer: Increase domestic oil production: drill in ANWR & offshore.
    Martin Heinrich: Bush stood in way of development of clean, renewable energy.
    Mike Coffman: More oil exploration and production.
    Mike McMahon: Cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050.
    Parker Griffith: Support offshore drilling; support more refineries.
    Paul Tonko: National carbon cap and trade program.
    Pete Olson: More production of America’s oil, natural gas, and coal.
    Steve Austria: Drill for oil & natural gas; develop nuclear.
    Suzanne Kosmas: Sustained investment in sustainable energy alternatives.
    Walt Minnick: Breaks & incentives given to “big oil” are flat-out wrong.
    Jackie Speier: Cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
    Rob Wittman: Achieve energy independence for national security.
    Cynthia McKinney: Protect ANWR; fund sustainable power sources.
    Bill Foster: Global warming is our most serious environmental challenge.
    Brian Schatz: Develop alternative energy to avoid melting polar ice caps.
    Tom McClintock: Less bureaucracy in federal forests to reduce fire damage.
    Mark Gordon: We understand responsibility of stewardship AND development.
    Tom Perriello: Lifelong commitment to smart & green environmental policies.
    Bob Latta: Sponsored Bald Eagle license plate to preserve eagle habitat.
    Ron Paul: Property rights are the foundation of all rights.
Families & Children
    Mark Gordon: Culture has lost track of old fashioned American values.
Foreign Policy
    Erik Paulsen: Authored Chinese Mandarin curriculum program for schools.
Free Trade
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: Fair Trade to protect from unfair competition.
    Eric Massa: Failed free trade deals like NAFTA have sent jobs overseas.
    Glenn Thompson: Make free trade and fair trade synonymous and ubiquitous.
    John Boccieri: Put America first when it comes to trade.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: NAFTA and CAFTA have failed our workers; amend them.
    Travis Childers: Unfair trade deals caused current economic problems.
    Ron Paul: NAFTA superhighway threatens widespread eminent domain.
    Tom Tancredo: Fast track authority should not be renewed.
Government Reform
    Joseph Cao: No retirement benefits for officials convicted of corruption.
    Aaron Schock: Tired of campaign negativity & disgruntled with government.
    Gary Peters: In Michigan Senate, returned operating budget to state.
    Suzanne Kosmas: Pledges never to accept a pay raise & never to lobby.
    Tom Perriello: Lobbyists and corporate PACs have broken Washington.
    Rob Wittman: Fully disclose all earmarked funding.
    Cynthia McKinney: Do better on gov’t contracting for small & minority business.
Gun Control
    John Fleming: 2nd Amendment recognizes God-given right to self-defense.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Strongly supports the Second Amendment.
    Bill Cassidy: Kansans cherish our right to keep and bear arms.
    Blaine Luetkemeyer: Staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights.
    Bobby Bright: I am Pro-Gun Rights.
    Cynthia Lummis: Gun ownership & hunting are parts of our culture & lifestyle.
    Debbie Halvorson: Ardent supporter of the Second Amendment.
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: The 2nd Amendment is clear: no laws to restrict firearms.
    Eric Massa: Defend the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment.
    Frank Kratovil: Strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.
    Glenn Thompson: Deep belief in individuals right to bear arms.
    Gregg Harper: Work to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.
    John Boccieri: Strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: Supports individual’s freedom to keep and bear arms.
    Lynn Jenkins: Kansans cherish our right to keep and bear arms.
    Mike Coffman: Fight to protect the 2nd Amendment.
    Pete Olson: Protect the Second Amendment.
    Steve Austria: Fight for our Second Amendment rights.
    Gary Trauner: Steadfastly and resolutely support Second Amendment.
    Joe Visconti: Constitutional right to use firearms if necessary.
    Tom Perriello: Supports individual right to bear arms.
    Bob Latta: Legislator of the Year by League of Ohio Sportsmen.
    Tom Tancredo: Completely support right to keep and bear arms.
Health Care
    John Fleming: Private insurance driven by free market principles.
    Joseph Cao: Develop a market-driven healthcare delivery system.
    Mark Zaccaria: System works now, even for the uninsured.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Work toward access to quality affordable health care for all.
    Ben Ray Lujan: Universal health care: affordability, accessibility, quality.
    Bill Cassidy: Portable insurance; interstate competition; & pool insurance.
    Blaine Luetkemeyer: More competition; more choice; no one-size-fits-all.
    Brett Guthrie: More insurance competition helps lower costs.
    Dan Maffei: Affordable and comprehensive health coverage for all.
    Debbie Halvorson: Health Care--Affordable. Accessible. For everyone.
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: Allow purchasing private market-based health plans.
    Gerry Connolly: No denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
    Harry Teague: Healthcare is not a privilege, but a right.
    Jared Polis: Enact efficient & rational universal quality health care.
    Jim Himes: Create a basic coverage plan offered to everyone.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: Cover all children while working toward universal coverage.
    Kurt Schrader: Preserve the Oregon Health Plan.
    Marcia Fudge: Advocate for quality, accessible & affordable healthcare.
    Mike Coffman: Tax incentives for individuals to buy their own insurance.
    Mike McMahon: Expand SCHIP; apply federal healthcare for all.
    Paul Tonko: Health care is a right, not a privilege.
    Mark Gordon: Competition and personal responsibility, not single-payer.
    Travis Childers: Expand S-CHIP to provide affordable care to 1000s of kids.
    Jackie Speier: We need universal access based on mandates.
    Cynthia McKinney: Affordable health care is a matter of national security.
    Cynthia McKinney: Against rationing or voucher-based system of insurance.
    Bill Foster: Health care crisis is fundamentally an affordability crisis.
    Brian Schatz: Fill in existing Medicare gaps; Part D was deceptive.
Homeland Security
    John Fleming: Dems soft on national defense & undermine morale of troops.
    Bobby Bright: No more base closings; rebuild and strengthen military.
    Cynthia Lummis: Strengthen our military and our intelligence.
    Donna Edwards: Re-direct resources from Iraq war to real security in US.
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: Strengthen our military; obtain new weapons.
    Eric Massa: Original FISA bill was fair; no illegal spying.
    Gary Peters: Served in US Navy Reserves; signed back up after 9/11.
    Gregg Harper: Support missile defense to fight War on Terror.
    Harry Teague: Continue to invest in our national defense.
    Jared Polis: Restore habeas corpus; end warrantless spying.
    Parker Griffith: Strong national defense, and missile defense.
    Pete Olson: Work tirelessly to strengthen our ability to defend America.
    Steve Austria: Ensure Armed Forces have necessary tools to complete mission.
    Tom McClintock: Return to Reagan’s idea of “peace through strength”.
    Mark Gordon: Provide a national defense second to none.
    Tom Perriello: Ensuring our troops are protected & then supported as vet.
    Bob Barr: Restore habeas corpus and protect citizens from government.
    Bob Barr: Restore military to defense; commit to non-intervention.
    Rob Wittman: Ensure military funding needed for war on terror.
    Rob Wittman: Terrorist networks must be disrupted.
    Cynthia McKinney: Speak out against Pentagon waste, fraud, and abuse.
    Cynthia McKinney: Allow concurrent veterans’ disability & retired pay.
    John Fleming: No amnesty; secure borders; official English.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Greatly strengthen border security; install a Smart Fence.
    Betsy Markey: Ensure our borders are protected and secure.
    Blaine Luetkemeyer: Stop the flood of illegal immigrants crossing our borders.
    Cynthia Lummis: Secure borders prevent eroding America’s economic strength.
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: NO AMNESTY for illegals; and DOUBLE BORDER FENCE.
    Frank Kratovil: Fight for the resources to secure our borders.
    Gregg Harper: Enforce the laws; secure our borders, now.
    Harry Teague: Tighten borders & provide path to citizenship.
    Jared Polis: Respect the dignity and dreams of immigrants.
    Jim Himes: Comprehensive reform with an earned path to citizenship.
    John Adler: Seal the borders; oppose amnesty.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: More enforcement at borders; no amnesty.
    Leonard Lance: Get serious about securing our borders.
    Lynn Jenkins: Illegal immigration is wrecking havoc; no amnesty.
    Mike Coffman: Secure our borders and deny amnesty.
    Parker Griffith: Close our borders; illegals cost us millions.
    Pete Olson: Strengthen borders with fences, surveillance, and manpower.
    Steve Austria: Oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.
    Tom McClintock: Complete border fence & enforce all our current laws.
    Joe Visconti: Immediate steps to stop the invasion of illegal immigrants.
    Mark Gordon: Enforce the law; deport the criminals; secure the borders.
    Mark Gordon: Reform temporary work visas so they work for businesses.
    Bob Barr: Be aggressive in securing our borders.
    Rob Wittman: Oppose amnesty; wrong to reward illegal behavior.
    Rob Wittman: Support fence construction where most illegal aliens cross.
    Tom Tancredo: Exits race with victory on forcing focus on immigration.
    Bill Foster: Immigrants will come as long as there are jobs offered.
    Mike McMahon: Pay men and women equal and fair wages.
    Tom Perriello: Guarantee a living wage and secure retirement.
    Cynthia McKinney: Unions essential to protecting wages & worker safety.
Principles & Values
    John Fleming: America was founded on Christian principles.
    Mark Zaccaria: I'm running for You, to rein in government.
    Aaron Schock: Republicans need “Schock to the system” to win again.
    Erik Paulsen: Served in Minnesota House of Representatives since 1994.
    Gary Peters: Family has lived in Oakland County for five generations.
    Gregg Harper: Advocate “one nation, under God”; preserve Christian values.
    Mark Gordon: Widower with two daughters; married single mom with two sons.
    Travis Childers: Work across regional & party lines to get things done.
    Cynthia McKinney: Advocate of Hip-Hop movement for social justice.
Social Security
    Debbie Halvorson: Support and protect and oppose privatization.
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: Give younger workers options for investing their own funds.
    Eric Massa: Privatizing gambles your retirement on Wall Street.
    Gregg Harper: Explore personal retirement accounts and other options.
    Jared Polis: Oppose efforts to privatize Social Security.
    Jim Himes: No reckless schemes like privatization.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: Keep senior citizens secure from the gamble of privatization.
    Mark Schauer: Strongly oppose any and all efforts to privatize.
    Mike McMahon: Privatized investment accounts are simply unacceptable.
    Suzanne Kosmas: Vigorously oppose any plan for privatization.
    Travis Childers: Fight to protect Social Security & oppose privatization.
    Brian Schatz: Fight the phony philosophy of privatization.
    Dennis Kucinich: Strengthen protections for private pensions.
    Tom Tancredo: There is no question that the system is broken.
Tax Reform
    John Fleming: No new taxes; support the Fair Tax.
    Blaine Luetkemeyer: Make Bush tax cuts permanent.
    Brett Guthrie: Make permanent the Bush tax cuts.
    Cynthia Lummis: Pledges to oppose all federal tax increase proposals.
    Debbie Halvorson: Proposes Middle Class Tax Relief Package.
    Duncan Hunter Jr.: Simplify taxes; reform AMT; abolish the death tax.
    Glenn Thompson: For flat tax; against death tax.
    Gregg Harper: Oppose all tax increases.
    John Boccieri: Tax breaks for middle class, not Wall Street millionaires.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: Require wealthiest 2% to give back portion of Bush tax cuts.
    Leonard Lance: Believes in lower taxes and less government spending.
    Lynn Jenkins: Strong believer in the economic power of lower taxes.
    Martin Heinrich: Tax cuts for couples making less than $250,000.
    Tom McClintock: Make permanent the Bush tax cuts.
    Walt Minnick: Modify tax breaks given to the wealthiest Americans.
    Bob Barr: The FairTax replaces the IRS plus payroll taxes.
    Bob Barr: Repeal the 16th amendment & eliminate the income tax.
    Rob Wittman: Hold the line on job-killing tax increases.
    Bob Latta: Worked towards elimination of the Ohio estate tax.
War & Peace
    Mark Zaccaria: We should leave Iraq & Afghanistan once we win.
    Alan Grayson: The War in Iraq has not made us safer.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Withdrawing from Iraq and focus on Bin Laden.
    Ben Ray Lujan: War in Iraq was misguided; bring our troops home.
    Betsy Markey: Congress should limit Iraq funding to costs of withdrawal.
    Bobby Bright: Support our troops continued involvement in Iraq.
    Dan Maffei: Bring troops home from Iraq as safely & quickly as possible.
    Debbie Halvorson: We were misled into an intractable war in Iraq.
    Donna Edwards: We need political solution in Iraq, not military solution.
    Eric Massa: Out of Iraq in less than 24 months.
    Frank Kratovil: Carrots & sticks to get out of Iraq as soon as possible.
    Gerry Connolly: End the war in Iraq and restore American credibility.
    Glenn Thompson: Finish the war and Iraq can be a stabilizing force in region.
    Harry Teague: We have achieved mission; bring troops home.
    Jared Polis: Invasion of Iraq was a colossal mistake; out in 16 months.
    Jim Himes: Invading Iraq was a grave strategic error.
    John Adler: It is time to responsibly end this ill-advised war.
    John Boccieri: Bring troops home from Iraq safely, honorably, and soon.
    Kathy Dahlkemper: Long overdue to plan systematic withdrawal from Iraq.
    Mark Schauer: We still have no exit strategy & no plan in Iraq.
    Martin Heinrich: War in Iraq is a foreign policy disaster.
    Mike McMahon: End misguided policies & remove troops & bases from Iraq.
    Paul Tonko: End the war; bring our troops home safely.
    Pete Olson: Iraq is central front of global war on terror.
    Suzanne Kosmas: Pursue responsible redeployment, with benchmarks for success.
    Walt Minnick: Time to begin a staged turnover to the Iraqi government.
    Joe Visconti: Closure and victory in Iraq means a "work in progress".
    Tom Perriello: Signed the Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq.
    Jackie Speier: Remove US troops & refocus on humanitarian reconstruction.
    Bill Foster: End our involvement in the war in Iraq.
    Brian Schatz: Bush had false pretenses & inadequate planning for Iraq war.
Welfare & Poverty
    Woody Myers: As State Health Commissioner, administered WIC program.

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