Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
| 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)
| Promise Me, Dad ,|
by Joe Biden (2017)
|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)
| The Book of Joe ,|
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Our Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
| This Fight Is Our Fight,|
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
| Higher Loyalty,|
by James Comey (2018)
| The Making of Donald Trump,|
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election|
| What Happened ,|
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Hard Choices,|
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
| Becoming ,|
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| 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)
2002 Congressional National Political Awareness Test, by Project Vote Smart
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from 2002 National Political Awareness Test (number of quotes indicated):
- Brad Henry (8) Oklahoma Previously Democratic Governor
- Chuck Hagel (2) Cabinet
- David Vitter (5) Louisiana Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
- Denise Majette (14) 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative Georgia
- Dick Durbin (6)
- Doug LaMalfa (9) Republican U.S. Rep California-1
- Eric Fingerhut (11) 2004 former Democratic challenger; previously US Rep Ohio
- Jack Conway (7) Kentucky Democratic 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
- Jack Hoogendyk (5) Republican Senate challenger (2008) Michigan
- Jim Holt (6) 2010 Republican challenger (lost primary) Arkansas
- Jim Sykes (11) 2004 former Green challenger Alaska
- John Sununu (2) Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) New Hampshire
- Kevin McCarthy (11) Republican U.S. Rep California-23
- Lisa Murkowski (3) Republican Sr Senator Alaska
- Lloyd Doggett (4) Democrat U.S. Rep Texas-35
- Mark Amodei (7) Republican U.S. Rep Nevada-2
- Mark Pryor (2) Democratic Sr Senator Arkansas
- Matt Dunlap (7) Democratic Senate Challenger (2012) Maine
- Matt Dunne (10) Vermont Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
- Max Baucus (2) Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) Montana
- Peter Camejo (9) Former Green Challenger (2003)
- Ray Metcalfe (6) Democratic candidate for Senate Alaska
- Rick Berg (4) Republican Challenger North Dakota
- Scott Brown (1) Previously MA Republican Jr Senator New Hampshire
- Stuart Starky (7) 2004 former Democrat challenger; also ran for Senate in '00 Arizona
- Tom Fiegen (4) Democratic Senate challenger Iowa
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Eric Fingerhut: I support Roe vs. Wade.
Brad Henry: Government should not be involved in.
Doug LaMalfa: Abortion is a poor substitute for abstinence.
Jack Conway: Abortion should be rare, but safe and legal.
Kevin McCarthy: Eliminate public funding for abortions.
Lloyd Doggett: Legal abortions only for rape, incest, & maternal health.
Mark Amodei: Abortions should always be legally available.
Mark Pryor: Legal only for incest, rape, or maternal health.
Matt Dunlap: Abortions should always be legally available.
Matt Dunne: Abortions should always be legally available.
Tom Fiegen: Limit legality, and eliminate public funding for abortion.
Peter Camejo: Abortions should always be legally available.
Jim Holt: Choose to save mother’s life, not to kill babies.
Jim Sykes: Decision must ultimately be made by a woman.
David Vitter: Discontinue affirmative action programs.
Eric Fingerhut: Affirmative action is a good outreach strategy.
Eric Fingerhut: Recognize same-sex civil unions and marriage.
Brad Henry: No affirmative action in state contracts; yes in colleges.
Doug LaMalfa: No affirmative action; reduce government interference.
Jack Conway: Affirmative action addresses proven past discrimination.
Kevin McCarthy: No civil unions; define marriage as one-man-one-woman.
Mark Amodei: No same-sex marriage; no civil unions.
Mark Amodei: Support affirmative action in schools & workplaces.
Matt Dunlap: Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws.
Matt Dunlap: Affirmative action ok, but not on state contracts.
Matt Dunne: Equal benefits for same sex couples.
Ray Metcalfe: Apply affirmative action to state college & state employment.
Rick Berg: No affirmative action for state employment nor college.
Denise Majette: Supports affirmative action.
Denise Majette: Continue affirmative action programs.
Jim Holt: Don’t consider race, ethnicity, or gender when hiring.
Lisa Murkowski: Support Alaska/native hire on government projects.
Peter Camejo: Recognize civil unions & allow homosexual marriage.
Peter Camejo: Ban racial profiling; expand definition of hate crime.
Jack Hoogendyk: Ease regulations & tax burdens on businesses.
David Vitter: Impose truth in sentencing.
David Vitter: Broaden use of death penalty.
Eric Fingerhut: Support death penalty; ban racial profiling.
Eric Fingerhut: No parole for repeat offenders.
Brad Henry: Supports the death penalty.
Brad Henry: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Chuck Hagel: Prosecute most dangerous crimes with full range of options.
Dick Durbin: Maintain death penalty for the most heinous crimes.
Dick Durbin: Impose “truth in sentencing” for violent criminals.
Doug LaMalfa: Supports the death penalty.
Doug LaMalfa: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Kevin McCarthy: Support death penalty; build more prisons.
Kevin McCarthy: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Mark Amodei: Support the use of the death penalty in Nevada.
Mark Amodei: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Matt Dunlap: Alternative penalties for non-violent offenders.
Matt Dunne: More prisons, but more rehab programs too.
Max Baucus: Truth in sentencing with no chance of parole.
Rick Berg: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Tom Fiegen: Limit parole but consider penalties other than incarceration.
Denise Majette: Eliminate the use of the death penalty.
Denise Majette: Support alternative sentencing and rehabilitation programs.
Jim Holt: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Jim Sykes: Eliminate the death penalty.
Jim Sykes: Support alternative sentencing and rehabilitation.
Lisa Murkowski: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Stuart Starky: Support the use of the death penalty.
Stuart Starky: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Peter Camejo: Moratorium on death penalty.
Peter Camejo: Don’t use Three Strikes for small crimes.
Eric Fingerhut: Decriminalize medical marijuana.
Dick Durbin: Strengthen enforcement against Ecstasy and other club drugs.
Dick Durbin: Decriminalize medical marijuana.
Doug LaMalfa: Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Kevin McCarthy: Stricter penalties for drug-related crimes.
Lloyd Doggett: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Mark Pryor: More penalties & more jail sentences for illegal drug sales.
Denise Majette: Decriminalize medical marijuana.
Jim Holt: Strengthen penalties for drug-related crimes.
Jim Sykes: Eliminate funding for the war on drugs.
Stuart Starky: Decriminalize medical marijuana.
David Vitter: Supports vouchers for private & religious schools.
David Vitter: Supports charter schools & increased flexibility.
Eric Fingerhut: Teach abstinence; require exit exams in high schools.
Eric Fingerhut: Better teacher pay; expanded early education.
Doug LaMalfa: Post the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Doug LaMalfa: Vouchers for public, private, and religious schools.
Jack Conway: Support charter schools & eliminate federal restrictions.
Jack Hoogendyk: Ten Commandments & voluntary prayer in public schools.
John Sununu: Supports private-school vouchers & charter schools.
Kevin McCarthy: Supports vouchers for public, private, & religious schools.
Kevin McCarthy: Supports Ten Commandments & abstinence-only sex ed.
Lloyd Doggett: Supports charter schools.
Mark Amodei: Support national standards and testing.
Matt Dunne: More funding for public schools & teachers.
Ray Metcalfe: More funds for teacher salary & school buildings.
Tom Fiegen: More funds for schools, teachers, and Head Start.
Denise Majette: Supports charter schools and flexible funding.
Jim Holt: Teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Jim Holt: Vouchers OK for public, private, religious schools.
Jim Sykes: Supports charters and other flexible funding options.
Lisa Murkowski: Require high school exit exams.
Stuart Starky: Additional funding for Master Teachers.
Energy & Oil|
Brad Henry: Promote fuel technology.
Matt Dunne: Promote alternative fuels and renewable energy.
Ray Metcalfe: Promote alternative fuels; but open parts of ANWR.
Denise Majette: Re-enter the Kyoto treaty process.
Peter Camejo: Tax all carbon sources, including gasoline.
Eric Fingerhut: Aggressive effort to increase clean air.
Mark Amodei: Supports open space preservation & alternative fuel.
Matt Dunne: Supports open space preservation & brownfield cleanup.
Ray Metcalfe: Clean up former industrial sites; fund more open space.
Scott Brown: State funding for open space & pollution cleanup.
Denise Majette: More open space; less commercial logging in USFS land.
Stuart Starky: Focus on new water resources.
Jim Sykes: Take a more active role in the UN.
Dick Durbin: Supports NAFTA, GATT, and WTO.
Denise Majette: Supports NAFTA, GATT, WTO.
Denise Majette: End Cuba trade embargo; undecided on China.
Jim Sykes: Human rights record shouldn’t affect trade.
Brad Henry: Limit contributions to political campaigns.
Doug LaMalfa: No limits on campaign donations, with full disclosure.
Kevin McCarthy: Limit campaign donations, but no public funding.
Lloyd Doggett: Opposes congressional term limits.
Matt Dunlap: No campaign donation limits; just disclosure.
Ray Metcalfe: Restrict campaign donations from all sources; & vote online.
Peter Camejo: Full disclosure, spending limits, & state campaign finance.
Peter Camejo: Supports IRV, on-line voting, & same-day registration.
Eric Fingerhut: Supports safety locks, background checks, semi-auto ban.
Jack Conway: I support the 2nd Amendment.
Matt Dunlap: Ease or repeal restrictions on purchase & possession of guns.
Matt Dunne: Strengthen restrictions on the purchase & possession of guns.
Matt Dunne: Strengthen enforcement of existing state gun restrictions.
Max Baucus: Allow concealed carry; ease other gun restrictions.
Ray Metcalfe: Supports concealed carry; focus on criminals and kids.
Tom Fiegen: Strengthen enforcement of existing state restrictions.
Denise Majette: Require gun safety courses before purchasing.
Jim Sykes: Require background checks and safety locks.
Stuart Starky: Concealed carry ok; require background checks.
Eric Fingerhut: Fund basic health care for all citizens.
Jack Hoogendyk: Government should not guarantee medical care.
Kevin McCarthy: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
Matt Dunne: State should provide universal access to health care.
Stuart Starky: Ensure access to basic health care.
Jack Conway: Greater discretion to read email & tap phones.
John Sununu: Military tribunals OK; reading domestic mail & email OK.
Rick Berg: Core responsibility is to have a strong military.
Jim Sykes: Switch funding from military hardware to energy research.
Denise Majette: Allow legalization for aliens working in US.
Jim Sykes: Social services and legalization for illegal immigrants.
Kevin McCarthy: No affirmative action at state agencies nor colleges.
Denise Majette: Increase the minimum wage.
Brad Henry: Restrict smoking in most public places.
Brad Henry: Ban cockfighting.
Jim Sykes: Medicare too important to trust to for-profit corporations.
Matt Dunne: Increase taxes on high earners; decrease property taxes.
Peter Camejo: Streamline all departments to reduce taxes.
War & Peace|
Jack Conway: Only enter Iraq if they have WMD or 9/11 involvement.
Welfare & Poverty|
Chuck Hagel: Fund welfare via churches & block grants to states.
Dick Durbin: Block grants for state & local welfare programs.
Doug LaMalfa: Redirect welfare funding to faith-based organizations.
Jack Conway: Faith-based program funding competing with secular programs.
Jack Hoogendyk: Welfare funding to faith-based organizations.
Kevin McCarthy: Provide welfare through non-profit & religious organizations.
Matt Dunlap: Expand state services to include the working poor.
Rick Berg: Job training & child care for welfare recipients.
Denise Majette: Poverty aid thru religious and community groups.
The above quotations are from 2002 Congressional National Political Awareness Test, by Project Vote Smart.
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