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)
Andru Volinsky: Take politics out of funding targeted by extremists.
Bill O`Brien: I will support a culture of life.
Steve Marchand: Proudly pro-choice.
Derek Dextraze: Abortion is a woman's choice all the way.
Jon Lavoie: Private life is none of the government's business.
Chris Sununu: Voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
Mark Connolly: De-funding Planned Parenthood is bad for women's health.
John Lynch: Emergency contraception without a prescription.
Kelly Ayotte: Pro-life important for Supreme Court nominee, but not litmus.
Budget & Economy|
Derek Dextraze: Market-led recovery better than stimulus.
Bernie Sanders: The greed of the billionaire class is destroying our economy.
Martin O`Malley: Fix is neither socialism nor crony capitalism.
Jon Lavoie: Stimulus is taking tax money and redistributing it.
Hillary Clinton: Democrats would have paid off national debt in 2000s.
Maggie Hassan: Balanced budget with no income tax nor sales tax.
Paul Hodes: Stimulus bill was needed to stabilize economic free fall.
Paul Hodes: $800B stimulus was an emergency investment.
Jeanne Shaheen: Bush-Sununu self-regulation policy led to financial meltdown.
John Sununu: Raising taxes is last thing needed during financial meltdown.
Jeanne Shaheen: Lack of oversight caused financial crisis; regulation needed.
John Sununu: Sought more financial regulation; keep taxpayers off hook.
John Sununu: Difficult to say that fundamentals of our economy are strong.
John Lynch: I erased a major budget deficit without new taxes.
Andru Volinsky: Women are entitled to equal pay for equal work.
Steve Marchand: Lead movement towards LGBTQ equality.
Colin Van Ostern: Keep NH as model for treating LGBTQ community with dignity.
Mark Connolly: Fight for rights of our LGBT friends, families & neighbors.
Derek Dextraze: I attended NH's first gay pride parade.
Jon Lavoie: N.H. doesn't need affirmative action laws.
Jon Lavoie: Comfortable with same-sex marriage.
Maggie Hassan: Instrumental in passing marriage equality in NH.
Kelly Ayotte: Repeal state gay marriage law; don't repeal DOMA.
John Lynch: Consider civil unions for N.H.
John Lynch: Encourage diversity without discrimination.
Hillary Clinton: Monied interests spending money to defeat me.
Bernie Sanders: Corporate America & Wall Street won't like President Sanders.
Bernie Sanders: Let's create America that works for all, not handful on top.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, hedge-fund billionaires run ads against her.
Maggie Hassan: Business One Stop online; plus just one licensing system.
Kelly Ayotte: No tax increases on any business, including overseas jobs.
Howard Dean: AdWatch: “Hold corporations accountable”-but gave incentives.
Colin Van Ostern: Restore matching funds for victims of domestic violence.
Derek Dextraze: 25-year minimum prison sentences are effective.
Donald Trump: Police can't act due to disrespect; but weed out bad ones.
Bernie Sanders: Police officers should not be shooting unarmed people.
Bernie Sanders: Jobs and education, not jails and incarceration.
Hillary Clinton: Rebuild trust between communities and police.
Martin O`Malley: Policing the police: more transparency on use of force.
Jon Lavoie: Treatment for some criminal offences instead of jail.
Maggie Hassan: 15 more state troopers on state roads.
Maggie Hassan: Provide capital funds to build a new women's prison.
John Lynch: Maintain truth-in-sentencing law.
John Lynch: Support NH’s current death penalty.
Jeanne Shaheen: Broaden use of the death penalty.
Jeanne Shaheen: Require truth in sentencing.
Bill O`Brien: Step one on opioids is to control Southern border.
Steve Marchand: Suite of services to those in midst of opioid recovery.
Steve Marchand: Legalize marijuana; tax it and regulate it.
Steve Marchand: Fully fund drug courts & rehab instead of incarceration.
Steve Marchand: Marijuana is not a gateway drug to other drugs.
Colin Van Ostern: Decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
Mark Connolly: Would sign bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
Derek Dextraze: Marijuana users do not go on to harder drugs.
Bernie Sanders: Take marijuana out of the controlled substances list.
Bernie Sanders: Treat addiction as a disease, not a crime.
Hillary Clinton: $10B plan for opiate addiction over 10 years.
Martin O`Malley: Opioid addiction crisis comes from over-prescribing.
Maggie Hassan: Opioid recommendations: drug courts & access to treatment.
Mark Connolly: Combat opioid epidemic with drug court & access to treatment.
Jon Lavoie: Marijuana legalization has worked in Colorado.
Maggie Hassan: $500,000 for drug task force teams, but drop 1 team out of 4.
John Lynch: Decriminalize marijuana once concerns are addressed.
Andru Volinsky: Fund schools fairly, teachers should be paid well.
Andru Volinsky: Control college debt; provide alternatives to college.
Steve Marchand: Quality public education from pre-K to H.S. to college.
Steve Marchand: $5M for debt-free college in needed programs.
Steve Marchand: Prioritize public school districts and we will see results.
Colin Van Ostern: Increase young women and girls in STEM school programs.
Derek Dextraze: Public money should stay in public schools.
Mark Connolly: Future of NH built on pillars of education & innovation.
Bernie Sanders: Tax Wall Street and make public universities free.
Hillary Clinton: New College Compact: federal match for state investment.
Martin O`Malley: Income-based college loan repayment plan for all students.
Jon Lavoie: No vouchers: children should go to school where the live.
Maggie Hassan: $4 million more for scholarships; $35M for state colleges.
Maggie Hassan: Open new charter schools, & add to existing charter schools.
Maggie Hassan: Our public schools are essential to best-trained workforce.
John Lynch: Ensure every child the opportunity for a great education.
Jeanne Shaheen: Goals 2000: Maintain national standards.
Energy & Oil|
Andru Volinsky: We need to be carbon net-zero as fast as we can.
Bill O`Brien: Will not support socialist Green New Deal.
Steve Marchand: Gas tax isn't ideal, but use it for infrastructure.
Derek Dextraze: Prioritize green energy.
Jon Lavoie: Prioritize green energy.
Maggie Hassan: Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
John Lynch: 25% renewable sources by 2025.
Mike Gravel: Immediately sign the Kyoto protocol.
Andru Volinsky: Protect our natural resources and our tourist economy.
Derek Dextraze: EPA regulations aren't overly restrictive.
Jon Lavoie: Ok to use animals for important medical procedures.
Chris Sununu: Worked as engineer cleaning up hazardous waste sites.
Maggie Hassan: Restore $1M to Land & Community Heritage Investment Program.
Kelly Ayotte: Highway spending priority over commuter rail.
Paul Hodes: Extend Boston commuter rail to Nashua & Concord.
Families & Children|
Steve Marchand: Make NH the best state to start a family & start a business.
Bernie Sanders: $1.61 a week for paid family & medical leave.
Martin O`Malley: Universal national service option, to cut youth employment.
Maggie Hassan: Restore funding for the Children in Need of Services program.
Bill O`Brien: Opposes the failed Iran Nuclear Deal.
Derek Dextraze: Multilateralism is more effective than unilateralism.
Bernie Sanders: Think about what happens AFTER we get rid of dictators.
Bernie Sanders: Not policeman of the world; focus on ISIS first.
Bernie Sanders: I do not believe in unilateral action against terrorism.
Bernie Sanders: Easy to overthrow a dictator but hard to control aftermath.
Hillary Clinton: If the US does not lead, there is a vacuum.
Martin O`Malley: Leave Cold War mentality to the older generation.
Martin O`Malley: Make USAID a cabinet agency, to get more intel.
Kelly Ayotte: There are still terrorists who want to kill us.
Bill O`Brien: Protect our technology & intellectual property.
Derek Dextraze: Support & expand free trade.
Jon Lavoie: Support & expand free trade.
Bill O`Brien: Help job creators by cutting red tape, streamlining agencies.
Steve Marchand: Stop discouraging voter turnout.
Derek Dextraze: Online voter registration, plus ID at the polls.
Mark Connolly: Fight against unregulated, unlimited campaign money.
Donald Trump: Hug 'em & kiss 'em & make deals, instead of executive orders.
Ted Cruz: Executive orders abuse presidential power; undo them all.
Jon Lavoie: Corporations are buying seats for candidates.
Carol Shea-Porter: Campaign finance reform is a cornerstone of campaign.
Maggie Hassan: Create commission on Government Innovation & Accountability.
Judd Gregg: Earmarks legitimately direct money to worthy projects.
Judd Gregg: Earmarks prioritize spending that bureaucrats would miss.
Kelly Ayotte: Praised Sen. Gregg for earmarks; but pledges against them.
Paul Hodes: $122M in earmarks while in House; pledges none in Senate.
Paul Hodes: No pay-to-play: earmarks without campaign contributions ok.
Kelly Ayotte: Ban earmarks; Hodes voted for 9,000 of them.
Kelly Ayotte: Make Congressional pay "performance-based".
Paul Hodes: Cut Congressional pay by 10% during recession.
John Lynch: Restrinct campaign donations, but not campaign spending.
Mike Gravel: National Initiative to allow citizen law makers.
Bill O`Brien: Stand up for 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
Steve Marchand: Supports permits, background checks, and no big changes.
Colin Van Ostern: Background checks and maybe assault weapon ban.
Mark Connolly: State assault weapons ban if U.S. Congress fails to act.
Derek Dextraze: More thorough background checks, but guns are fine.
Bernie Sanders: I have shown courage against NRA on gun issues.
Bernie Sanders: People have the right to buy guns, with sensible regulations.
Hillary Clinton: I support Brady Bill and closing the Charleston loophole.
Hillary Clinton: Arming more people is not appropriate response to terrorism.
Martin O`Malley: We need more principle, not more polls.
Martin O`Malley: FactCheck: Yes, ISIL made videos on buying assault weapons.
Jon Lavoie: Current background check is sufficient.
John Lynch: Keep N.H. gun laws unchanged.
Andru Volinsky: Healthcare is a basic human right.
Bill O`Brien: Protect people with pre-existing conditions, lower costs.
Bill O`Brien: Opposes Medicare for All.
Steve Marchand: System should be stable, affordable, and accessible.
Derek Dextraze: ObamaCare is a crap shoot.
Ben Carson: Health empowerment account for all on the day you're born.
Hillary Clinton: No easy answer on end-of-life; but open to listening.
Bernie Sanders: The middle class will pay less with single payer health plan.
Bernie Sanders: We spend more on care than countries with single-payer.
Hillary Clinton: The Affordable Care Act has had successes.
Hillary Clinton: States that didn't extend Medicaid drive up costs still.
Jon Lavoie: Free market & competition instead of ObamaCare.
Maggie Hassan: Repair our mental health system; take pressure off ERs.
Maggie Hassan: ObamaCare helps working families afford health insurance.
Derek Dextraze: Expand the military; it is just getting to small for me.
Donald Trump: Bring back waterboarding and a hell of a lot worse.
Jeb Bush: Closing Guantanamo is a complete disaster; it keeps us safe.
Ted Cruz: Waterboarding isn't torture; but not for low-level officers.
Hillary Clinton: Keep Syrian refugees; we're a nation of resolve, not of fear.
Hillary Clinton: Reach out to Muslims, like George W. Bush did.
Hillary Clinton: Libyans refused much of what US offered as help.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: No, ISIL doesn't cite Trump in recruitment videos.
Martin O`Malley: We need to collect and share more intelligence.
Martin O`Malley: Stop creating safe havens where ISIS can flourish.
Martin O`Malley: Do not turn to unscrupulous leaders in times of fear.
Mike Gravel: Cut US nuclear arsenal from 10,000 to a couple hundred.
Mike Gravel: War on terror will fail like war on drugs & war on poverty.
Mike Gravel: Fight terrorism with dogged global police work.
Bill O`Brien: On immigration: I simply believe Illegal is Illegal.
Steve Marchand: 1st-generation American; sees positive power of immigration.
Steve Marchand: Aggressively pursue pro-immigration policies.
Jim Rubens: Halt immigration of Syrian refugees; reduce all immigration.
Derek Dextraze: Come in the legal way.
Martin O`Malley: Accept 65,000 Syrians now, and more later if needed.
Jon Lavoie: Enforce the laws & send back those here illegally.
Kelly Ayotte: I support English as the language of our country.
Kelly Ayotte: Supports Arizona law against illegal immigration.
Andru Volinsky: Investing in infrastructure creates jobs.
Andru Volinsky: Raise minimum wage to $15; federal rate "starvation wage".
Mark Connolly: Ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.
Colin Van Ostern: Raise minimum wage to $12 an hour from $7.25.
Mark Connolly: Raise minimum wage to $10.50 an hour from $7.25.
Derek Dextraze: Hire whoever is best, without affirmative action.
Maggie Hassan: Keep collective bargaining; oppose right-to-work laws.
Maggie Hassan: Bring one well-regulated, high-end casino to NH.
Kelly Ayotte: Government won't create jobs; it's our small businesses.
Kelly Ayotte: No minimum wage increase; no card-check; no mandatory leave.
Paul Hodes: Raise minimum wage & index to cost-of-living.
Maggie Hassan: $80 million revenue from one high-end regulated casino.
Principles & Values|
Dan Feltes: Transparency: tax returns, campaign expenses, contributions.
Molly Kelly: Guided by principles of hard work and community service.
Steve Marchand: Socially very progressive and fiscally very responsible.
Derek Dextraze: God should be left at church, not state.
Bernie Sanders: My spirituality: we are all in this together.
Bernie Sanders: Progressives don't have SuperPACs with $15M from Wall Street.
Hillary Clinton: I plead guilty to being a moderate.
Hillary Clinton: President's job: keep families safe; make economy grow.
Hillary Clinton: Turn to Bill for special missions, not White House china.
Martin O`Malley: Don't give up our freedoms for a promise of security.
Jon Lavoie: Indifferent on whether God applies to public sphere.
Andru Volinsky: Joined with Labor to protect public pensions.
Derek Dextraze: Oppose privatizing Social Security.
Jon Lavoie: Money will dry up if nothing is done for Social Security.
Kelly Ayotte: Open to raising the retirement age for younger workers.
Paul Hodes: Grid header.
Bill O`Brien: Will fight tax increases & reduce fees wherever possible.
Steve Marchand: Oppose tax cuts for small number of large companies.
Steve Marchand: No sales tax; no income tax; reduce property tax.
Colin Van Ostern: Reduce property taxes by funding schools at state level.
Derek Dextraze: Has no tax policy because no income tax in NH.
Hillary Clinton: Single-payer care & free college will mean high taxes.
Hillary Clinton: Millionaires should pay 30% tax rate instead of 0%-10%.
Hillary Clinton: Pledge for no increase in middle tax taxes.
Martin O`Malley: Tax capital gains the same as normal income.
Jon Lavoie: Flat percentage tax, same for rich and poor.
Maggie Hassan: NH can fund its priorities without a broad-based tax.
Kelly Ayotte: Wrong philosophy to raise taxes during difficult economy.
Kelly Ayotte: Keep zero federal estate tax; don't return to 50%.
Paul Hodes: Fiscally irresponsible to allow tax breaks for the top 2%.
Paul Hodes: Irresponsible to give $700B in tax cuts to wealthiest 2%.
Paul Hodes: Estate tax of 35% after first $5 million.
John Lynch: I will veto any income or sales tax.
Steve Marchand: Invest in NH infrastructure so businesses want to grow here.
Hillary Clinton: Partner with tech community on terrorist encryption.
Maggie Hassan: Double funding for Research & Development tax credit.
Maggie Hassan: Address "red list" of bridges in critical need of repair.
War & Peace|
Bill O`Brien: Support innovation at VA; ensure military has needed tools.
Derek Dextraze: Finish what we got ourselves into, and get the hell out.
Donald Trump: Get rid of ISIS, quickly: dry up their oil & their money.
Bernie Sanders: End perpetual warfare in the quagmire of the Middle East.
Bernie Sanders: I voted against 1st Gulf War, which led to 2nd Gulf War.
Bernie Sanders: Tell Qatar and Saudi Arabia that they must fight ISIS.
Hillary Clinton: 3-part plan to go after ISIS: territory; network; safety.
Hillary Clinton: Support Sunni Arab and Kurdish forces against ISIS in Syria.
Hillary Clinton: We won't have to shoot down Russians in Syrian no-fly zone.
Martin O`Malley: Constitution doesn't let us say when dictators must go.
Jon Lavoie: I support staying out of the Middle East.
Frank Guinta: Obama should skip vacation while ISIS is killing Christians.
Kelly Ayotte: Israel has right to defend itself, even with Gaza flotilla.