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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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Feb. 2020 Democratic Debate (9th Debate)

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    from 9th Democratic Primary Debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Amy Klobuchar (7) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
  • Bernie Sanders (6) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Elizabeth Warren (4) Massachusetts Senator
  • Joe Biden (9) Democratic V.P.
  • Mike Bloomberg (10) New York Mayor of NYC
  • Pete Buttigieg (4) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
    Ninth Democratic primary debate, with six candidates, at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, on the Wednesday before the Nevada caucus. Moderated by NBC News' Lester Holt; Meet the Press' Chuck Todd; MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson; Telemundo senior correspondent Vanessa Hauc; and Nevada Independent Editor Jon Ralston.

  • This debate was NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first debate appearance. He has not officially entered any primary races yet (his name will first appear on ballots on Super Tuesday, March 3), but he could make a decent showing as a write-in candidate in NV and SC.

  • Bloomberg's appearance set an acrimonious tone for the debate -- he was bashed as "buying the vote", a sexist, a racist, and a disloyal Democrat. The negative tone spread to squabbles between just about every pair of candidates.

  • Amy Klobuchar was forced to apologize repeatedly for having forgotten the name of the president of Mexico. "Who's that?" you might ask, "and why does it matter?" -- those were never explained either. (The "right answer" if a candidate forgets a name during an interview is, "I don't play 'gotcha' with press trivia; but I'm happy to discuss my Mexico policy.")

  • Bernie Sanders was bashed for his supporters' tweeted remarks about the Las Vegas Culinary Worker's Union. "The what?" you might ask, "and what did they say?" -- those were never explained during the debate, except for a lot of Buttigieg yelling at Bernie about it.

  • Those issues are called "Inside Baseball" by the pundits. That term refers to the detailed dissection of baseball games that takes place after the day's game -- and, while fun, becomes meaningless the next day. Will anyone remember the Las Vegas Culinary Union's tweetstorm, or dissing Mexican President L&?oacute;pez Obrador in November? Or even by the summer convention? Nope; so what's the point of fighting about those now? The pundits love "Inside Baseball", but the pubilc need not be subjected to it. Voters deserve better than being forced to watch it!

  • I've watched just about every presidential primary debate since Reagan vs. Bush, and I've watched every one from start to finish. But not this time. The level of negativity was so high that, after more than an hour of non-stop squabbling, I shut off the TV and went to bed. My breaking point was when Senator Klobuchar -- normally so calm and monotoned -- bashed Mayor Buttigieg for who-cares-what. When even Klobuchar lost her temper -- with her claim-to-fame Midwestern reserve -- there was no point watching, since it had become nothing more than a verbal fistfight.

  • Of course we found a few issue excerpts anyway -- linked from headlines below -- but they were few and far between. If you're considering watching the recording, we recommend instead watching CNN's Nevada Town Halls, which surrounded this debate on Tuesday and Thursday, giving an hour of audience Q&A to each candidate. (and yes, the pundits played "Inside Baseball" there too, asking Sanders about the Culinary Union and making Klobuchar apologize to Mexico -- but the audience members all ask real questions once the pundits shut up).

  • There was a clear winner of the Nevada debate: Donald Trump. The Democrats demonstrated the partisanship that Trump voters rebelled against in 2016. And if they keep this up, 2020 will echo the same.

  • --Jesse Gordon, OTI editor-in-chief, Feb. 2020
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Joe Biden: Ordinary people are getting killed by this economy.
Civil Rights
    Elizabeth Warren: Focus on environment justice for people of color.
    Joe Biden: Hold CEOs and companies accountable.
    Elizabeth Warren: Stop-and-frisk willfully targeted people of color.
    Joe Biden: NYC stop-and-frisk was stopped by Obama observers.
    Mike Bloomberg: First priority in crime is to cut murder rate; we cut by 50%.
Energy & Oil
    Amy Klobuchar: Money from energy savings should go back to working class.
    Amy Klobuchar: Fracking is ok as a transitional fuel.
    Bernie Sanders: Fossil fuel profit is a moral issue.
    Elizabeth Warren: Stop all new offshore and public lands drilling.
    Elizabeth Warren: Don't think smaller on climate; it's about corruption.
    Joe Biden: Eliminate all subsidies for oil and gas.
    Joe Biden: Invest in batteries to transmit solar power.
    Mike Bloomberg: Convince China & India that they'll lose from climate change.
    Mike Bloomberg: Fracking is ok as a transitional fuel, until 2050.
    Mike Bloomberg: Outdated solar arrays are closing because they lose money.
    Pete Buttigieg: Deadline for climate change isn't 2050, it's 2020.
    Mike Bloomberg: Worked with Sierra Club to close coal-fired plants.
Families & Children
    Amy Klobuchar: Universal childcare will help small businesses.
    Mike Bloomberg: I support the #MeToo movement; my employees are happy.
Foreign Policy
    Joe Biden: Helped with $750M Latin America funding.
Free Trade
    Joe Biden: Chinese pollution will result in tariffs on their products.
Health Care
    Amy Klobuchar: Don't blow up ObamaCare with Medicare-for-All.
    Bernie Sanders: Will increase health benefits for all, in unions or not.
    Joe Biden: Got ObamaCare passed and will expand it.
    Mike Bloomberg: Cannot take away employer insurance from 160 million people.
    Mike Bloomberg: I am a fan of ObamaCare; I've praised it; let's expand it.
    Pete Buttigieg: Fix healthcare so we don't force it on anybody.
    Amy Klobuchar: Defeat Trump and pass immigration reform.
Principles & Values
    Amy Klobuchar: Will bring rural and suburban voters together to win.
    Amy Klobuchar: Need a president with heart, unlike Trump.
    Bernie Sanders: it's fairness for working class, not communism.
    Bernie Sanders: Disowns vicious internet trolls.
    Bernie Sanders: US has an immoral distribution of wealth.
    Bernie Sanders: Does not advocate communism, but fairness for working class.
    Mike Bloomberg: Ridiculous to throw out capitalism; communism doesn't work.
    Pete Buttigieg: We can accomplish goals without polarization.
Tax Reform
    Joe Biden: More tax breaks for Latino and black businesses.
    Mike Bloomberg: Raise taxes on the rich.
    Pete Buttigieg: The American Dream [is collapsing except in] Denmark.

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