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)
Democratic Primary Debate, December 19 at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, co-hosted by PBS Newshour and Politico.com
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from 6th Democratic Primary Debate (number of quotes indicated):
- Amy Klobuchar (5) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
- Andrew Yang (6) Democratic candidate for President; CEO
- Barack Obama (1) Democratic President (elected 2008)
- Bernie Sanders (6) Democratic Presidential candidate
- Cory Booker (1) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
- Elizabeth Warren (7) Massachusetts Senator
- Joe Biden (7) Democratic V.P.
- Pete Buttigieg (9) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
- Tom Steyer (7) Possible Democratic candidate for President from California
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
Sixth Democratic primary debate, with seven candidates, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; moderated by Judy Woodruff from CNN; Tim Alberta from Politico Magazine; Yamiche Alcindor and Amna Nawaz from PBS Newshour.
- This debate took place on December 19, 2019, one day after Republican President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives; we include several excerpts on the lengthy impeachment discussion.
- In order to have qualified for the debate, candidates had to bring in the support of at least 200,000 unique donors and register at least 4 percent support in four qualifying polls or at least 6 percent support in two approved polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina.
- Sen. Cory Booker did not make the debate qualifications; Booker led eight other presidential candidates in a letter asking the DNC to "consider alternative debate qualification standards" for four primary debates scheduled for early 2020.
- In the wake of this debate, and after the announcement of criteria for the January debate, Secretary Julian Castro withdrew from the presidential race, on Jan. 2, 2020.
- The debate criteria for this debate were:
-Over 200,000 unique donors
-And 4% support in four qualifying polls
-Or 6% support in two polls in the early voting states (IA, NH, NV, and SC)
- Sen. Booker ran a TV ad during the debate, which we excerpt below.
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
Andrew Yang: People have jobs, but many need two or more to get by.
Bernie Sanders: FactCheck, yes, 3 top people wealthier than half of America.
Pete Buttigieg: This economy works for Wall Street, but not for middle class.
Andrew Yang: Fix racial disparity with MLK's idea of a guaranteed income.
Elizabeth Warren: Trans-gender community has been marginalized.
Pete Buttigieg: Look at reparations to mend generational theft of racism.
Tom Steyer: Support disabled by undoing tax breaks to rich.
Energy & Oil|
Amy Klobuchar: Reverse Trump climate rollbacks and put a price on carbon.
Amy Klobuchar: Show how investment in climate change will benefit Midwest.
Andrew Yang: Supports next-generation thorium reactors.
Joe Biden: Tax credits for solar power on homes.
Pete Buttigieg: Make all Americans part of the climate solution.
Tom Steyer: Nuclear isn't competitive: focus on wind & solar & batteries.
Tom Steyer: Climate crisis is opportunity for good middle-class jobs.
Families & Children|
Andrew Yang: Money and men are tied together: we are a misogynist society.
Andrew Yang: New normal is families with special needs or autism.
Barack Obama: Better world with women in charge instead of old men.
Elizabeth Warren: Fully fund IDEA for special-needs schooling.
Amy Klobuchar: Trump impeachment about foreign power influencing elections.
Bernie Sanders: Address root causes to end these endless wars.
Joe Biden: Protect the Uighurs, but no military action against China.
Joe Biden: Israel must embrace two-state solution.
Pete Buttigieg: China uses technology for perfection of dictatorship.
Pete Buttigieg: Trump welcomes white nationalists, plays at being pro-Israel.
Tom Steyer: Work with China as a frenemy under all circumstances.
Amy Klobuchar: Supports USMCA because it improves labor standards.
Bernie Sanders: USMCA agreement does not prevent outsourcing or talk climate.
Amy Klobuchar: Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Elizabeth Warren: I've done 100,000 selfies, at no cost for each handshake.
Bernie Sanders: Medicare-for-all costs average family $1200 instead of $12K.
Elizabeth Warren: A president can cut Epi-pen costs all by herself.
Joe Biden: Medicare-for-all plan costs $30 trillion & will raise taxes.
Elizabeth Warren: Guantanamo prison is an international embarrassment.
Pete Buttigieg: Fast-track to citizenship for kids in cages at border.
Tom Steyer: Trump is only against immigration for non-white people.
Principles & Values|
Bernie Sanders: Trump has documentedly lied thousands of times as President.
Cory Booker: This election is about all of us standing together.
Elizabeth Warren: Prosecute Trump for corruption and violating constitution.
Elizabeth Warren: I don't sell access to my time to big-dollar donors.
Joe Biden: Constitutional necessity to impeach, do not re-elect Trump.
Pete Buttigieg: Congress had no choice but to impeach Trump.
Pete Buttigieg: I'm the only presidential candidate who's not a millionaire.
Pete Buttigieg: No purity tests: welcome Republicans and wealthy people.
Tom Steyer: Trump officials should testify for court of public opinion.
Tom Steyer: Cut taxes for 95% of Americans by 10%.
Andrew Yang: Press misrepresents how Trump got elected.
Joe Biden: Install 550,000 charging stations on all new highways.
War & Peace|
Bernie Sanders: I was wrong on my vote for Afghan War; remove all troops.
Joe Biden: I opposed Afghan surge starting in 2009.
The above quotations are from Democratic Primary Debate, December 19 at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, co-hosted by PBS Newshour and Politico.com.
Debates and Surveys in the 2020 Democratic Primary:
Surveys and other coverage of the Democratic Primary:
- 11th Democratic Debate, one-on-one between Biden and Sanders, March 15, 2020
- 10th Democratic Debate, between South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday, Feb. 25 2020
- Feb. 2020 Democratic Debate (9th Debate) on eve of the Nevada caucus, Feb. 19 2020
- February Democratic candidates debate in N.H., (Feb. 7, 2020)
- CNN New Hampshire Town Halls (Feb. 5-6, 2020)
- January Democratic candidates debate in Des Moines, (Jan. 14, 2020)
- December Democratic candidates debate at UCLA, (Dec. 19, 2019)
- November Democratic candidates debate in Atlanta, (Nov. 20, 2019)
- October Democratic candidates debate in Ohio, (Oct. 15, 2019)
- CNN LGBT Town Hall (Oct. 10, 2019)
- Business Insider Republican candidates debate, (Sept. 24, 2019)
- September Democratic candidates debate in Houston, (Sept. 12, 2019)
- CNN Climate Town Hall (Sept. 4, 2019)
- July Democratic candidates debate in Detroit (July 30-31, 2019)
- June Democratic candidates debate in Miami, (June 26-27, 2019)
- CNN Town Halls (April-May, 2019)
- Survey of 2020 Presidential campaign websites
- Politico 2020Dems Presidential survey
- NPR Morning Edition 2020 Presidential survey
- CNN Kfile, investigative reporting on presidential contenders
- Jacobin Magazine, socialist perspectives on presidential contenders
- CNN Town Halls, with presidential contenders
- Fox Town Halls, with presidential contenders
- 2020 Presidential Hopefuls by OnTheIssues.org
Books by 2020 Presidential hopefuls:
- The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris (2019)
- Shortest Way Home, by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
- The Mueller Report, investigation and commentary (2019)
- From the Ground Up, by Howard Schultz (2019)
- Where We Go From Here, by Bernie Sanders (2018)
- The Right Answer, by John Delaney (2018)
- An Unlikely Journey, by Julian Castro (2018)
- Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson (2018)
- Promise Me, Dad, by Joe Biden (2017)
- This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
- The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston (2017)
- United, by Cory Booker (2016)
- The Opposite of Woe, by John Hickenlooper (2016)
- The Senator Next Door, by Amy Klobuchar (2015)
- Off the Sidelines, Kirsten Gillibrand (2014)
- Dealing Death and Drugs, by Beto O'Rourke (2011)
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