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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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)

Book Reviews

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Jan. 2020 Iowa Democratic Debate (7th Debate)


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    from Iowa Democratic Primary Debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Amy Klobuchar (7) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
  • Bernie Sanders (9) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Elizabeth Warren (6) Massachusetts Senator
  • Joe Biden (8) Democratic V.P.
  • Pete Buttigieg (9) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
  • Tom Steyer (9) Possible Democratic candidate for President from California
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    Seventh Democratic primary debate, with six candidates, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14, three weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Three candidates withdrew after not qualifying for the debate (and will not participate in the Iowa caucuses):

  • Sen. Cory Booker withdrew on Jan. 13

  • Mayor Julian Castro withdrew on Jan. 2, and endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Jan. 6.

  • Marianne Williamson terminated her campaign on Jan. 3, and withdrew on Jan. 10.


    The rules of the Iowa caucuses are more complicated than typical presidential primaries:

  • Meeting places are set up by local Democratic Committees in over 1,600 locations across Iowa, one per town or one per precinct in larger cities.

  • Any registered Democrat can attend in their neighborhood, with or without a pre-commitment to any candidate, but there are no absentee ballots nor early voting (only those who attend can vote, except people with disabilities and military members abroad can participate by video).

  • Candidates' supporters make speeches to persuade the uncommitted voters, and then each candidate's supporters gather in one section of the room to be counted.

  • A preliminary count determines which candidates make a 15% minimum cutoff for "viability." Supporters of non-viable candidates can then move to another candidate's section for the final count.

  • National news media report the percentage of the caucus final tallies, which are only approximate, because national delegates are actually chosen over the course of two more events:

  • Caucus delegates are apportioned, based on the final count for each candidate in each local caucus, to attend a County Convention; Iowa has 99 counties.

  • The County Conventions will be held on March 21, and then a Statewide Convention on April 25, to elect 41 delegates to the Democratic National Convention where teh presidential nominee will be determined.

  • Iowa also will send 8 superdelegates to the National Convention; they are called "PLEO delegates" (Party Leaders and Elected Officials) and are members of Congress or Democratic National Committee members.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Pete Buttigieg: Campaign co-chaired by member of Congressional Black Caucus.
Corporations
    Tom Steyer: Can beat Trump on economy, did not inherit a penny.
Education
    Amy Klobuchar: Free college isn't enough; also 2-year degrees & plumbers.
    Tom Steyer: Redistribute tax dollars so every kid gets a good education.
Energy & Oil
    Joe Biden: I introduced the first climate change bill in 1986.
    Pete Buttigieg: Put environmental justice at the core of our climate plan.
Environment
    Pete Buttigieg: Fight climate change and prepare for flood and fire.
    Tom Steyer: Environmental justice, not managed retreat.
Families & Children
    Bernie Sanders: Guaranteed child care: Age 0 to 4 are most important years.
    Pete Buttigieg: It makes no sense to spend 2/3 of income on childcare.
Foreign Policy
    Tom Steyer: Don't meet with North Korea without preconditions or allies.
Free Trade
    Amy Klobuchar: We need a North American trading bloc to take on China.
    Bernie Sanders: Need trade deal that includes stakeholders, not just CEOs.
    Elizabeth Warren: China trade deal will help farmers, then work to improve it.
    Pete Buttigieg: I support USMCA, but focus on people over corporations.
    Tom Steyer: Undo Trump tariffs; negotiate trade deals for U.S. workers.
Health Care
    Amy Klobuchar: Non-profit public option: I have a plan for that.
    Amy Klobuchar: We need a paid-for healthcare plan, not a pipe dream.
    Bernie Sanders: Medicare-for-All saves money to offset raising taxes.
    Bernie Sanders: End the absurdity of co-payments and $600B corporate costs.
    Bernie Sanders: Help insurance industry employees transition to new jobs.
    Elizabeth Warren: Let government manufacture drugs when there's a price spike.
    Elizabeth Warren: Tax the 1 percent and we can provide health care to all.
    Joe Biden: 4% tax doesn't bring in trillions to cover Medicare for All.
    Joe Biden: Add mental health parity to ObamaCare, with Biden option.
    Pete Buttigieg: Individual mandate so no such thing as an uninsured American.
    Pete Buttigieg: My plan does not cost the most, but isn't small.
    Tom Steyer: Break corporate stranglehold to get public option.
    Tom Steyer: Term limits will break stranglehold on low taxes for rich.
Homeland Security
    Elizabeth Warren: Fight to get military benefits, but cut defense budget.
Principles & Values
    Elizabeth Warren: Women candidates out-perform men candidates.
    Joe Biden: Trump's lies about me are so bad that TV won't show them.
Technology
    Bernie Sanders: Our infrastructure is crumbling because of endless wars.
War & Peace
    Amy Klobuchar: I opposed Iraq War from the very beginning.
    Amy Klobuchar: Trump is taking us pell-mell into war with Iran.
    Amy Klobuchar: No Iranian nukes, via reinstating joint nuclear deal.
    Bernie Sanders: Great disasters of our time--Vietnam & Iraq--based on lies.
    Bernie Sanders: Passed bipartisan War Powers Act to stop Yemen war.
    Bernie Sanders: Endless war in Iraq cost us trillions and 4,500 troops.
    Elizabeth Warren: We cannot do everything with combat troops: out of Mideast.
    Joe Biden: Pull troops out of Mideast, except to patrol Gulf and ISIS.
    Joe Biden: As veep, worked to end Iraq war.
    Joe Biden: Iraq war vote mistake based on Bush/Cheney lies.
    Joe Biden: Leave special forces in Mideast, not just combat troops.
    Pete Buttigieg: No Iranian nukes, via reinstating joint nuclear deal.
    Pete Buttigieg: If troops go to war, will include 3-year sunset clause.
    Tom Steyer: Set a strategy: What are we trying to accomplish in Mideast?
    Tom Steyer: It isn't so much about experience; it's about judgement.


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  • Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
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  • Elizabeth Warren Massachusetts Senator
  • Joe Biden Democratic V.P.
  • Pete Buttigieg Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
  • Tom Steyer Possible Democratic candidate for President from California

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