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)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Bob Stefanowski: Don't make abortion illegal; but parental notification ok.
Dan Malloy: Free birth control coverage.
Catherine Templeton: 100% pro-life; won't back down.
Matthew Corey: Pro-choice.
August Wolf: Pro-choice but no federal funding for abortion.
Tom Foley: Pro-choice.
Budget & Economy|
Ned Lamont: No more funny math in budget; balanced for future.
Bob Stefanowski: Smart, responsible fiscal reform will turn around economy.
David Walker: 2007: deficit spending saddles millennials with debts.
Matthew Corey: Washington's unbalanced budget affects all states.
Matthew Corey: Wasteful spending and regulations crippling jobs.
Joe Visconti: Unfunded liabilities crush our financial plans.
Dan Carter: Too much of our economy is controlled by federal government.
Tom Foley: Tax credits are spending; oppose $400M job expansion credits.
Maggie Hassan: Invest to keep economy moving forward post-Recession.
Tom Foley: AdWatch: Malloy's policies drive jobs out of state.
Heidi Heitkamp: Quit playing blame game & pass Balanced Budget Amendment.
Rick Berg: We need a budget that comes to closure, and reins in deficit.
Christopher Shays: OpEd: Spent $200M on "Bridge to Nowhere".
Dan Malloy: Vision for economic revival, not just recovery.
Jack Orchulli: Enforce the constitutional spending CAP backed by facts.
Bob Stefanowski: I'm a civil rights Republican, not a white nationalist.
Joe Visconti: Labelled Chinese candidate as "Kim Jong Tong".
Ann-Marie Adams: President of the Conn. Association of Black Communicators.
Matthew Corey: Supports same-sex marriage.
Dan Malloy: Prohibit "conversion therapy" of gay youth.
Prasad Srinivasan: Prohibit "conversion therapy" of gay youth.
August Wolf: Signed Supreme Court amicus brief favoring same-sex marriage.
Maggie Hassan: Women earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.
Ann-Marie Adams: Racial injustice:Black student debt disproportionately worse.
Dan Malloy: Include gender identity in anti-discrimination law.
Dan Carter: NO on including gender identity in anti-discrimination law.
Dan Malloy: CT shattered the glass ceiling with first female governor.
Tom Foley: Maintain gay marriage law, although personally against it.
Linda McMahon: Allow gays to openly serve in military, but do it cautiously.
Richard Blumenthal: CT statutes do not allow same-sex marriage licenses.
Mark Lauretti: Top priority: don't over-burden business.
Matthew Corey: Government regulations stifling small businesses.
August Wolf: Not everyone who works on Wall Street is a criminal.
Dan Malloy: Invest state funds in businesses that preserve in-state jobs.
Tom Foley: We pay huge sums in corporate welfare to keep jobs in CT.
Tom Foley: Investigate Economic and Community Development loan fraud.
Dan Malloy: Businesses should suggest which state regulations to abandon.
Dan Malloy: Small Business Express Program: grants for 944 companies.
Tom Foley: Small Business Express Program is too generous with aid.
Dan Malloy: First Five program: leverage public to private funding.
Heidi Heitkamp: Fought attempt to weaken ND bank privacy laws.
Tom Foley: Criticized for bankruptcy of a Georgia textile mill.
Dan Malloy: Prison population has dropped AND recidivism has declined.
Matthew Corey: Supports capital punishment but not mandatory minimums.
Dan Carter: Empower both law enforcement and communities together.
Tom Foley: Veto efforts to repeal the death penalty.
Tom Foley: Arrested twice for motor vehicle incidents.
Mark Lauretti: Law enforcement AND treatment to fight opioid abuse.
Matthew Corey: Attack drug companies & prescribing doctors first.
Tom Foley: Recreational marijuana use is a gateway drug.
Maggie Hassan: Experience & data suggest legalizing marijuana does not help.
Dan Carter: Voted NO on medical marijuana for debilitating conditions.
Dan Malloy: Palliative medical marijuana use for debilitating conditions.
Linda McMahon: 1989: WWE exonerated unanimously of steroid doctor misdeeds.
Linda McMahon: Husband acquitted of steroid distribution in WWE.
Matthew Corey: Wants vouchers for school choice, empower states.
Catherine Templeton: School money & school control should be local.
Mark Lauretti: Get the government out of the classroom.
Dan Carter: Bottom-up decisions on schools, not top-down politicians.
August Wolf: Support home-school, charter schools, & parochial schools.
Dan Malloy: $22M for new charter schools over three years.
Tom Foley: Ran on platform of school choice.
Tom Foley: In-district public school choice, money follows the child.
Tom Foley: Charters are part of the solution, but not whole solution.
Tom Foley: Local control instead of Common Core mandates.
Ann-Marie Adams: Lack of minority teachers led to achievement gap.
Peter Lumaj: Expand charter schools and the voucher program.
Dan Malloy: Had learning disability when there were no support programs.
Energy & Oil|
Dan Malloy: Aggressively pursue clean energy.
Danny Drew: Enacted sustainable, green energy policies.
Matthew Corey: Yes to Keystone; no to funding renewables.
August Wolf: Support domestic exploration for clean coal, oil, and gas.
Tom Foley: No gas tax increase to pay for rail transport.
Dan Malloy: Moving Canadian oil thru the US is not best for the economy.
Dan Malloy: Leverage private capital to deliver renewable energy.
Peter Lumaj: Develop our vast natural gas and oil reserves.
Joseph Lieberman: Cheney energy bill was imperfect but good for CT.
Ned Lamont: Cheney energy bill keeps us dependent on foreign oil.
Danny Drew: Restored Middletown's waterfront & public parks.
Families & Children|
Ned Lamont: Proposed 12 weeks paid family leave from 1/2% payroll tax.
Ned Lamont: Paid time off to new parents and caregivers.
Jahana Hayes: Supports gay marriage & equal constitutional rights.
Matthew Corey: Investigate Hollywood's systematic sexual abuse.
Dan Malloy: 21-year-old son arrested in robbery, suffering depression.
Dan Malloy: Permanently establish the Office of Early Childhood.
Dan Carter: Policy of stupefied bystander erodes America's stature.
Linda McMahon: Sustainable 2-state solution in Israel; no settlement freeze.
Richard Blumenthal: 2-state solution in Israel after Palestine stops terrorism.
Joseph Lieberman: North Korean missiles were provocative, but donít over-react.
Ned Lamont: Biggest threat to US is rogue nation with nukes.
Dan Carter: Oppose TTP as neither free trade nor fair trade.
August Wolf: Ratify fast-track trade authority and TPP.
Maggie Hassan: N.H. is fastest-growing state in the nation for exports.
Dan Malloy: Trade trips to China to promote aerospace & bioscience.
Dan Malloy: Make sure entire world knows: CT is open for business.
Joseph Lieberman: Connecticut jobs rely on exports.
Ned Lamont: Lieberman never saw a trade agreement he didnít like.
Ned Lamont: Negotiate strong labor & enviro into trade agreements.
Joe Visconti: State & feds should pay for construction inspection failures.
Dan Malloy: Cut state agencies by 28% and cut state workforce by 9%.
Matthew Corey: Don't regulate union/corporate campaign contributions.
Dan Carter: Democrats do nothing but raise campaign cash for re-election.
Peter Lumaj: Peter's Plan: require voter ID; end same-day registration.
Dan Malloy: Fully fund the Citizens' Election Fund (public finance).
Dan Carter: Fully fund the Citizens' Election Fund (public finance).
Prasad Srinivasan: Fully fund the Citizens' Election Fund (public finance).
Mark Lauretti: Opposed publicly finance campaigns, but will participate.
Tom Foley: AdWatch: Complains about ethics, but was fined for PAC.
Tom Foley: 2010: criticized public campaign financing; 2014: accepts it.
Dan Malloy: Require state government to use GAAP accounting principles.
Joseph Lieberman: Public has right to know candidateís personal income taxes.
Joseph Lieberman: Earmarks are great for Connecticut.
Ned Lamont: Earmarks should be outlawed as lobbyist over-influence.
Jack Orchulli: Wonít accept a dime of special interest money.
Jahana Hayes: Constituents want gun control, and Hayes will work on it.
Chris Murphy: Teachers don't want to be armed; nor do parents or students.
Chris Murphy: Stricter gun control laws on a federal level.
Bob Stefanowski: No more gun controls; gun owners have been persecuted.
Ned Lamont: We learn first hand the cost of unregulated gun ownership.
Ned Lamont: Ban bump stocks, and other common sense restrictions.
Dan Malloy: NRA has developed into a terrorist organization.
Prasad Srinivasan: It is person behind AR15s that bring about massacres.
Dan Malloy: Close loopholes; ban bump stocks.
Dan Malloy: Allow early voting, explore vote by mail.
Matthew Corey: Gun control needs more mental health programs.
Catherine Templeton: Gun owner & NRA member.
August Wolf: Never disarm law abiding Americans.
Tom Foley: Newtown law added inconveniences on law-abiding citizens.
Tom Foley: Let stand current gun laws, but no specific proposals.
Maggie Hassan: Background check system to avoid gun sales to mentally ill.
Tom Foley: Enough on gun control; focus on preventing another Newtown.
Dan Malloy: Restrict sales of "long guns" and ammunition capacity by age.
Dan Carter: Voted NO on restricting sales of "long guns" and ammo by age.
Dan Malloy: More guns are not the answer to gun violence.
Ann-Marie Adams: Newtown massacre exposes race and class prejudice.
Chris Murphy: NRA has more control over Congress than any other group.
Tom Foley: Supports 2nd amendment but require reporting stolen firearms.
Dan Malloy: Healthcare a fundamental right.
Matthew Corey: Let health care be governed by the free market.
Dan Carter: Government-run ObamaCare screams out to repeal & replace.
August Wolf: Repeal ObamaCare: all of it; immediately.
Tom Foley: Post costs for treatments to give consumers options.
Ann-Marie Adams: Expand Medicaid and reduce disparities.
Peter Lumaj: Repeal ObamaCare; create market-based health care system.
Jack Orchulli: No billions for public option; keep skin in the game.
Ned Lamont: Why hasnít Lieberman ever signed onto universal healthcare?
Chris Murphy: Russia never stopped interfering in American politics.
Matthew Corey: Veterans cannot be ignored or forgotten.
Dan Carter: Restore troops to being nimble, smart and relentless.
August Wolf: VA administration has been sorely mismanaged.
August Wolf: Demand accountability in Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dan Malloy: Pledge to end homelessness for veterans by end of 2015.
Maggie Hassan: Thank veterans for unyielding dedication to our freedom.
Tom Foley: Appoint veteran-friendly Commissioner of Veterans Affairs.
Peter Lumaj: Peace through strength to defeat terrorism.
Richard Blumenthal: Apologizes again for having said he served in Vietnam.
Linda McMahon: Terrorists only need to succeed once; we must succeed always.
Joseph Lieberman: Last thing we want is to release dangerous Gitmo detainees.
Ned Lamont: Gitmo, wiretaps, & Haditha have weakened our moral authority.
Matthew Corey: Build border wall; deport those illegally present.
Dan Malloy: Muslim ban harkens back to darkest times in our history.
Ann-Marie Adams: Immigrants need their voices to be heard.
Catherine Templeton: Cracked down on undocumented workers.
Peter Lumaj: Albanian refugee but opposes sanctuary cities.
August Wolf: Build a wall & aggressively enforce immigration laws.
Dan Malloy: Loosen in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
Dan Carter: NO on loosening in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
Tom Foley: House child refugee immigrants at Southbury Training School.
Tom Foley: We need a federal comprehensive immigration policy.
Linda McMahon: More merit-based system for green card & citizenship.
Linda McMahon: No amnesty; enforce immigration laws.
Richard Blumenthal: Enact comprehensive solution; piecemeal approach fails.
Joseph Lieberman: Now itís too easy to come in across our border.
Joseph Lieberman: Earn citizenship only after 11 years of waiting within rules.
Ned Lamont: Focus on employers hiring, not on building fences.
Ned Lamont: Give illegal immigrants a path to earned citizenship.
Ned Lamont: Better training and support for workers: STEM and vo-tech.
Catherine Templeton: Fought to keep unions out of SC.
Joe Visconti: Opposes state public employee unions.
Dan Malloy: Pushed bill to protect advanced manufacturing jobs.
August Wolf: Minimum wage of $15 per hour is too high; find middle ground.
Tom Foley: OpEd: His company moved 3,000 jobs to Mexico.
Tom Foley: Raise minimum wage nationally, but focus on jobs in CT.
Tom Foley: Pledge not to change public employee collective bargaining.
Linda McMahon: Six-point jobs growth plan; cut taxes for the middle class.
Dan Malloy: We created 9,400 new, private sector jobs in the last year.
Linda McMahon: WWE has created 20 jobs annually for 28 years.
Richard Blumenthal: Contractors without health insurance aren't good jobs.
Joseph Lieberman: My seniority helps me deliver contracts and jobs to CT.
Ned Lamont: Invest in infrastructure to create local jobs.
Dan Malloy: Connecticut is the land of steady habits, for good & for bad.
Maggie Hassan: High-end "destination" casino to counter Massachusetts.
Principles & Values|
August Wolf: Represented America at 1984 Olympics.
August Wolf: Participated in 1984 Olympics, as shot-put athlete.
Tom Foley: 1981: Arrested for 1st-degree attempted assault in car crash.
Tom Foley: Will not participate in primary debates.
Dan Malloy: Don't listen to the critics; Connecticut is moving forward.
Maggie Hassan: We do democracy better: we argue but then solve problems.
Mark Lauretti: Denies involvement in two Shelton development scandals.
Tom Foley: AdWatch: NYC residents should move to CT under new governor.
Linda McMahon: OpEd: Spent $50M of her own money on 2010 Senate race.
Tom Foley: Partial facial paralysis means he smiles on only left side.
Joseph Lieberman: Iím not George Bush, but Lamont is running against him.
Joseph Lieberman: Would run Independent due to Lamontís single-issue candidacy.
Ned Lamont: I say what I mean, and I mean what I say.
Ned Lamont: If Lieberman wonít take on George Bush, I will.
Ned Lamont: My support is grassroots -- stand up and be clear.
Ned Lamont: Democrats should present constructive alternatives to Bush.
Al Gore: Stand for the people and against special interests.
Matthew Corey: Social Security isn't an entitlement but a benefit.
Dan Malloy: 78% of our state pension fund is making up for past mistakes.
Dan Malloy: Restructure pension benefits to address chronic underfunding.
Linda McMahon: Don't take benefits away from seniors.
Joseph Lieberman: I looked at privatization but decided against it.
Ned Lamont: No common ground with Bush on privatization.
Bob Stefanowski: Eliminate the state income tax over the next 8 years.
Ned Lamont: Middle-class gets hammered by $800B federal deficit.
David Walker: 2007: higher taxes needed; 2018: not so much.
Matthew Corey: Wants lower corporate and middle class tax rates.
Catherine Templeton: Fiscal conservative for low taxes.
Mark Lauretti: Lower taxes & be business-friendly.
Dan Carter: Common sense tax policies to unleash power of entrepreneurs.
August Wolf: Tax reform to allow private industry to create jobs.
Heidi Heitkamp: Never eliminate home mortgage deduction.
Peter Lumaj: Simplify the tax code with a Flat Tax.
Jack Orchulli: End over-spending by self-serving career politicians.
Linda McMahon: Economy is fragile; don't raise taxes in a recession.
Richard Blumenthal: Nation's wealthiest don't need extension of Bush tax breaks.
Linda McMahon: Make Bush tax cuts permanent or CT loses 8.500 jobs.
Richard Blumenthal: Extending Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 2% is wrong.
Catherine Templeton: Infrastructure repair a top priority.
Mark Lauretti: Make repairs; claim abandoned properties.
Dan Malloy: On-time on-budget completion of Q Bridge project & CTfastrak.
Tom Foley: No comment on reducing mass transit funding.
Dan Malloy: Invest in Jackson Labs & Bioscience Connecticut.
Dan Malloy: Innovation Ecosystem: connect investors for high-skill jobs.
Ann-Marie Adams: Blend digital technology with underserved areas.
Dan Malloy: Develop CT's deepwater ports & Bradley airport.
Richard Blumenthal: Engage private sector to gather intel for homeland security.
War & Peace|
Chris Murphy: It's dangerous that administration is not talking to Iran.
Chris Murphy: Executing foreign political figures opens Pandora's box.
Matthew Corey: Increase American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts.
Matthew Corey: ISIS must be eliminated at all costs.
Matthew Corey: Strong proponent of the war in Iraq.
Dan Carter: ISIS threat is very real both at home and abroad.
Richard Blumenthal: Cautious support of Iran nuclear deal; needs more oversight.
August Wolf: We can't trust the Iranian terrorist regime with nukes.
Linda McMahon: Support sanctions on Iran; keep all options on table.
Richard Blumenthal: Strengthen sanctions on Iran, adding an arms embargo.
Joseph Lieberman: Overthrowing Saddam was right, and we canít abandon Iraq now.
Joseph Lieberman: Getting out too soon will be a disaster for Iraq and for us.
Ned Lamont: Lieberman is only person confused about my position on Iraq.
Ned Lamont: 6 months to withdraw from front lines; 12 months out of Iraq.
Ned Lamont: $250M per day in Iraq better spent on domestic issues.
Welfare & Poverty|
Tom Foley: New urban enterprise zones and urban renewal initiatives.
Maggie Hassan: Help Out New Hampshire volunteerism tour.
Dan Malloy: $103 million to maintain the safety net.