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)
| 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)
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2001-2009 campaign advertisements
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from AdWatch 2001-2009 (number of quotes indicated):
- Amy Klobuchar (1) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
- Barack Obama (9) Democratic President (elected 2008)
- Bill Richardson (3) New Mexico Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) and Cabinet Sec'y
- Hillary Clinton (11) Democratic Presidential candidate
- John Edwards (2) Democrat
- John McCain (4) Republican
- Mike Huckabee (6) Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
- Mitt Romney (12) Massachusetts Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008)
- Ron Paul (2) Republican (Libertarian 1988)
- Rudy Giuliani (16) New York Former Mayor of NYC
- Sarah Palin (1) Alaska Former Governor (resigned 2009); V.P. nominee (2008)
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EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:
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1. From debates and public speeches
2. From TV & radio advertisements
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| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: TV ad ignores recency of conversion to pro-life.
Budget & Economy|
John McCain: AdWatch: Outrageous to spend $233M for bridge to nowhere.
John McCain: FactCheck:Bridge-to-Nowhere never built; would serve 200,000.
John McCain: FactCheck: Criticized “Woodstock museum,” but skipped vote.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: Cap discretionary spending at inflation minus 1%.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: AR violent crime rate increased under Huckabee.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: crime NOT at record high when Rudy took office.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Hired 3,660 new cops, but took credit for 12,000.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: Got tough on drugs like meth in Massachusetts.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Romney’s tough-on-drugs meth bill never passed.
John McCain: FactCheck: Criticized $3M “bear DNA” study, but voted for it.
Families & Children|
Amy Klobuchar: 1996 AdWatch: my daughter endorses 48 hour stay for new moms.
Hillary Clinton: Struggling families are invisible to Bush administration.
Ron Paul: FactCheck: NAFTA Superhighway not a conspiracy; it’s I-35.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: Supported NAFTA in 1998; opposed CAFTA since 2005.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, more legislation & sponsorships than Obama.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Romney had 700 line-item vetoes, President cannot.
Barack Obama: AdWatch: My plan costs $2,500 less per family than Clinton’s.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Unclear if Obama’s plan costs less than Clinton’s.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: My plan costs $1,700 less per person than Obama’s.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: “$1,700 less than Obama plan” misinterprets study.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, Hillary’s plan might include wage garnishing.
Barack Obama: AdWatch: punishing uninsured families doesn’t make sense.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Hillary’s plan does mandate; but so does Obama’s.
Barack Obama: Bring GOP & Dems together to make healthcare affordable.
Barack Obama: AdWatch: Pressure insurance & drug companies to change.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: OPPORTUNITY to insure all, but no GUARANTEE.
Barack Obama: AdWatch: Don’t make it illegal not to have health care.
John Edwards: AdWatch: Universal health care by July 2009.
John Edwards: FactCheck: President cannot remove Congress’ health care.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch:Cancer survival rate 82% in US; 44% in socialized UK.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck:Cancer survival rate 74% in UK; not 44% as claimed.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: “Ready” with executive experience in crises.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: Ensured health coverage for Guard & Reserve.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Only BETTER health coverage for SOME Reservists.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: Firefighters Union blames Giuliani for 9/11 deaths.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Radio failure PARTLY responsible for 9/11 deaths.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: Yes, supported scholarships for AR illegal aliens.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: Huckabee ok’ed tuition & scholarships for illegals.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Took hard-line on illegals, but only late in term.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: No driver’s license & in-state tuition for illegals.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: New citizens must read, write, & speak English.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: Deport convicted criminals who are illegal aliens.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: English literacy already required for citizenship.
Bill Richardson: AdWatch: Over 80,000 new jobs; NM 6th in nation.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM gained 68,100 new jobs, not 80,000 as claimed.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM ranks 17th in job growth; not 6th, as claimed.
Principles & Values|
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Did not say “I will stand with the Muslims”.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: Clinton didn’t cause Peter Paul fraud investigation.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: “Hillary: The Movie” counts as campaign ad.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: NYC was “most successful turn-around in 50 years”.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: Stood up for conservatism in most liberal state.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: VT would disagree that MA is most liberal state.
Sarah Palin: Endorsed by Sen. Ted Stevens.
Ron Paul: AdWatch: Taxpayer’s best friend: never supported an increase.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: cut taxes for the middle class.
Mike Huckabee: AdWatch: Your worth is from God, not your checking account.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: 90 cuts + 23 tax increases: net $505M increase.
Mike Huckabee: AdWatch: Signed first-ever broad-based tax cut in Arkansas.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: Passed broad-based tax cut, but not “first ever”.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Cut NYC taxes by $5.4B, not $9B as claimed.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: Cut or eliminated 23 NYC taxes; and created surplus.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Cut 14 NYC taxes, not 23 as claimed.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: More change in next 10 years than in 10 centuries.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Ludicrous exaggeration to compare 10 centuries.
The above quotations are from 2001-2009 campaign advertisements.