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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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ABC News and Univision Democratic candidates debate

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    from September Democratic candidates debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Amy Klobuchar (6) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
  • Andrew Yang (8) New York Democratic candidate for NYC Mayor
  • Bernie Sanders (10) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Beto O`Rourke (5) Texas Democratic candidate for Governor; U.S. Rep
  • Cory Booker (9) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
  • Donald Trump (1) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • Elizabeth Warren (10) Massachusetts Senator
  • Joe Biden (9) Democratic V.P.
  • Julian Castro (6) Texas Mayor of San Antonio; HUD Secretary
  • Kamala Harris (9) California Democratic nominee for Vice President; California Senator
  • Pete Buttigieg (9) Indiana DOT Secretary
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

Sept. 12, 2019, debate at Texas Southern University in Houston; hosted by ABC as "Your Voice, Your Vote," and by Univision with Spanish-language commentary.

Texas Southern University is an "HBCU", a Historically Black College and University, which was a topic in the debate.

This debate was the first one-evening-only debate, with just the top ten contenders. The qualifying rules were:

  • Candidates must show 130,000 unique donors (double the 65,000 requirement from the June and July debates)
  • Candidates must poll at 2% or above in four polls (also double the 1% requirement from the June and July debates)
  • Candidates must accomplish BOTH of the above (EITHER criteria was sufficient for the June and July debates).
  • Ten candidates met both criteria for the upcoming debate; three additional candidates met one criterion (and hence are excluded from the debate).
  • If eleven or more candidates had qualified, the debate would have been split into two evenings.
  • Three candidates withdrew from the race after failing to qualify for this debate:
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary on Aug. 15, then announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
  • Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary on Aug. 21, then announced his candidacy for re-election as Governor.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary on Aug. 28, citing failing to qualify for the debate as "fatal to her candidacy."
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Beto O`Rourke: Racism is endemic and foundational in America, since 1619.
    Cory Booker: Question isn't "who's a racist?", but "what to do about it?".
    Pete Buttigieg: We need a systemic approach to replace racist system.
    Amy Klobuchar: I support racial justice: make prosecutors accountable.
    Amy Klobuchar: Reduce sentences for nonviolent offenders.
    Cory Booker: Clemency to 17,000 people who are jailed for outdated crimes.
    Cory Booker: Broken criminal justice system kindest to rich and guilty.
    Julian Castro: Police reform plan, to root out white supremacy.
    Kamala Harris: I've always wanted to protect people and keep them safe.
    Pete Buttigieg: Broken criminal justice system kindest to rich and guilty.
    Cory Booker: Release 17,000 who are unjustly incarcerated for drug use.
    Joe Biden: Addicts should go to rehab & expunge records, not prison.
    Kamala Harris: Opposed marijuana legalization, but currents have changed.
    Andrew Yang: I am pro-good-school; pay teachers more; use tests less.
    Bernie Sanders: Make HBCUs debt-free, and cancel all student debt.
    Kamala Harris: $2T for HBCUs; they produce so many of our teachers.
    Kamala Harris: We turned brown skies to blue by taking on oil companies.
Families & Children
    Andrew Yang: Enable families to solve problems with income subsidies.
    Elizabeth Warren: Universal childcare for every baby aged 0 to 5.
    Kamala Harris: Keep families together; end solitary confinement.
    Kamala Harris: Keep families together; end solitary confinement.
Foreign Policy
    Bernie Sanders: Venezuela's Madura is a vicious tyrant.
    Elizabeth Warren: Restore help to Central America, to reduce border crisis.
    Julian Castro: I call Madura a dictator; allow TPS for Venezuelans.
    Julian Castro: Pressure China on human rights for Uighurs.
Free Trade
    Amy Klobuchar: Trump tariffs have already cost us 300,000 jobs.
    Andrew Yang: Tariffs pummel our farmers; but we need a deal with China.
    Donald Trump: China's President Xi is both an enemy and a friend.
    Elizabeth Warren: Giant corporations set our trade policy; add in activists.
    Elizabeth Warren: Everybody wants access to American market; so leverage China.
    Joe Biden: Either we make up trade policy, or China will.
    Julian Castro: Erratic, haphazard trade wars hurt American families.
    Kamala Harris: Export American products, not American jobs.
    Pete Buttigieg: Trump tariffs come down on us, without any bigger strategy.
Government Reform
    Andrew Yang: Wash out corrupt lobbyist money with people-powered money.
    Bernie Sanders: Power to the people, not the billionaires.
    Bernie Sanders: Keep filibuster and use other ways to pass laws.
    Bernie Sanders: Keep filibuster and use other ways to pass laws.
    Joe Biden: Immediate focus on health care, education, climate change.
Gun Control
    Amy Klobuchar: Make sure that domestic abusers don't get AK47s.
    Amy Klobuchar: Banning assault weapons will reduce fatalities.
    Beto O`Rourke: Ok to confiscate guns that are designed for battlefields.
    Beto O`Rourke: Death in El Paso due to a gun that should not be legal.
    Cory Booker: More people die from gun violence than from wars.
    Cory Booker: More people die from gun violence than from wars.
    Cory Booker: More people die from gun violence than from wars.
    Elizabeth Warren: People support gun control but Congress is corrupt.
    Joe Biden: I'm the only candidate who beat the NRA with the Brady bill.
    Kamala Harris: Trump didn't pull trigger, but he tweeted out the ammunition.
Health Care
    Amy Klobuchar: Do not eliminate employer insurance plans.
    Andrew Yang: Docs should focus on results, not procedure numbers.
    Bernie Sanders: No deductibles or co-payments; $200 a year for prescriptions.
    Beto O`Rourke: People can choose Medicare or not.
    Cory Booker: We cannot sacrifice progress for purity.
    Elizabeth Warren: How to pay for it? Wealthy people & corporations pay more.
    Elizabeth Warren: Medicare-for-All means rich pay more, middle class less.
    Joe Biden: My plan builds on ObamaCare; adding $740B for public option.
    Pete Buttigieg: Trust people to know what health plan is best for them.
Homeland Security
    Bernie Sanders: We spend $750B on military & don't know who our enemy is.
    Pete Buttigieg: Put an end to endless war; require 3-year sunset for wars.
    Andrew Yang: America has been magnet for human capital for generations.
    Andrew Yang: Compete for talent from abroad, but not a merit system.
    Beto O`Rourke: Legalize DREAMers and their families.
    Elizabeth Warren: Expand legal immigration, including for visa overstays.
    Elizabeth Warren: We're not going to give up DACA, or any protections.
    Joe Biden: Yes, we did deportations, but we also did DACA & asylum.
    Julian Castro: We're not going to give up DACA, or any protections.
    Pete Buttigieg: Rural residents know immigrants help revitalize small towns.
    Pete Buttigieg: Values of faith and welcome should be cultivated.
Principles & Values
    Bernie Sanders: Democratic socialism means like Canada, not Venezuela.
    Cory Booker: Unity of purpose leads to transformative change.
    Joe Biden: Deal with loss by finding purpose in what you do.
    Julian Castro: Bold, new vision to lift up Americans.
    Kamala Harris: Commonalities unite us more than racism divides us.
    Pete Buttigieg: Unity and bold ideas will solve our challenges.
War & Peace
    Andrew Yang: We've been in continuous armed conflict for 18 years.
    Bernie Sanders: I never made the huge mistake of voting for Iraq AUMF.
    Elizabeth Warren: No one can describe what winning looks like in Afghanistan.
    Joe Biden: Can't put Afghanistan together: it's 3 different countries.
    Joe Biden: I shouldn't have voted for Bush's AUMF; he did it wrong way.
    Pete Buttigieg: No open-ended commitment to ground troops in Afghanistan.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bernie Sanders: U.S. is wealthy, but have highest child poverty rate.

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