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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)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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)

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Abortion
    Barbara Boxer: Don't go back to criminalizing women and doctors.
    Carly Fiorina: Overturn the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
    Carly Fiorina: Embryonic stem cell research ok if not created for purpose.
    Carly Fiorina: Exceptions for rape, incest, and maternal endangerment.
    David Hadley: Pregnancy is a woman's decision, but restrictions ok.
    Gail Lightfoot: Oppose embryonic stem cell research.
    Jimmy Gomez: Fight for Planned Parenthood and women's access.
    Nanette Barragan: Don't force views of men in Congress on women's bodies.
    Peter Camejo: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy
    Carly Fiorina: Stimulus package is a failure; more tax cuts instead.
    Carly Fiorina: Key to recovery is less government, taxation, & regulation.
    Dianne Feinstein: I'm a prudent voice for deficit reduction.
    Doug Ose: COVID: Open schools and businesses; get people back to work.
    Elizabeth Emken: Robust growth produces more revenue; reduce spending now.
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic growth: stop picking winners & losers.
    Jimmy Panetta: Strengthen local agriculture, tourism, technology & research.
    John Chiang: Found $8 billion in government waste, fraud, & abuse.
    John Cox: Worried about COVID restrictions on hospitality, jobs.
    Kevin Faulconer: Put tax dollars to keeping roads smooth and safe.
    Kevin Faulconer: Conduct a top-to-bottom review of spending.
    Kevin Faulconer: COVID: important that we save both lives and livelihoods.
    Laura Smith: Pay for infrastructure by cutting legislative salaries.
    Lily Zhou: Decrease national debt to run healthy economy.
    Michele Bachmann: Problem is $1 in tax increases for each $3 in spending.
    Mitt Romney: I understand how the economy works because I lived in it.
    Mitt Romney: Let middle-income Americans save money tax-free.
    Mitt Romney: QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth.
    Nanette Barragan: Balance business interests and jobs for our communities.
    Newt Gingrich: The Fed's secrecy & power are antithetical to a free society.
    Newt Gingrich: Put people back to work to raise revenues without taxes.
    Rick Perry: Keynesian theory is now done; never again in America.
    Rick Perry: Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night.
    Ron Paul: 1980s had huge deficits, despite Reagan's message.
Civil Rights
    Alex Padilla: Authored state law against from genetic discrimination.
    Barbara Boxer: Full equality only with same-sex marriage.
    Carly Fiorina: Marriage is between a man and a woman; but civil unions ok.
    Carly Fiorina: No same-sex marriage; yes civil unions; repeal DADT.
    David Hadley: Recognize same-sex marriages, with religious exemptions.
    David Hadley: Merit, not racial quotas, for college admissions.
    Delaine Eastin: Commissioned first State Dept. of Education LGBT Task Force.
    Jimmy Gomez: Defend LGBTQIA rights, including seniors.
    Jimmy Gomez: Retrofit facilities for Americans with Disabilities Act.
    Jimmy Gomez: Protect Social Security from GOP restructuring.
    Jimmy Panetta: So much more needs to be done for LGBT equality.
    Jimmy Panetta: Close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act.
    John Melendez: Ensure equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.
    Kevin Faulconer: Called on Congress to adopt LGBTQ rights legislation.
    Kevin Faulconer: Keep treatment of LGBTQ young adults as sex offenders.
    Nanette Barragan: One of America's greatest injustices is gender pay inequity.
Corporations
    Laura Smith: Unnecessary regulations are suffocating small businesses.
    Rick Santorum: Cut the corporate tax to zero, to create jobs.
Crime
    David Hadley: Supports death penalty; tracking sex offenders; and more.
    David Hadley: Prevent schools from covering up staff sexual abuse.
    Doug Ose: Build new prisons, oppose reducing of some felonies.
    Jimmy Gomez: Ban for-profit prisons; support sentencing reform.
    Jimmy Panetta: Ban racial profiling; build trust of law enforcement.
    Jimmy Panetta: Pursued justice for victims and families.
    Larry Elder: Police are pulling back, afraid of being called racist.
    Kevin Faulconer: Won't forget your safety is the government's top priority.
    Kevin Faulconer: I strongly support the death penalty in California.
    Kevin Faulconer: Time to have a governor who is going to put victims first.
    Laura Smith: Time for wide-sweeping elimination of Human Trafficking.
    Rick Perry: If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice.
Drugs
    Carly Fiorina: Provide Mexico support in war on drugs.
    David Hadley: $85 million funding for drug and gang enforcement programs.
    John Cox: If we have to, we're gonna force people to get treatment.
    Kevin Paffrath: State bungled legalized cannabis; 80% of sales still illegal.
    Ron Paul: Our drug war is driving our immigration policy.
Education
    Alex Padilla: Voted to better protect student athletes.
    Barbara Boxer: $1.2 billion to save the jobs of 16,500 California teachers.
    Bill Simon: Donít allow children to be trapped in failing schools.
    David Hadley: Let military families choose any public school district.
    Delaine Eastin: In 1965, California led American education; we can do better.
    Delaine Eastin: Combined higher education and K-12 schools into one bond.
    Delaine Eastin: Oppose Prop 187 targeting immigrant students in classrooms.
    Doug Ose: More emphasis on standardized tests to ensure proficiency.
    Doug Ose: College shouldn't be free; it undermines its intrinsic value.
    Doug Ose: COVID: Newsom sided with unions to close public schools.
    Gail Lightfoot: STEM education is important for science advancement.
    Gray Davis: CA schools are bad, but headed in the right direction.
    Jimmy Gomez: Public college education should be debt free.
    Jimmy Gomez: Vouchers take resources out of public education.
    Jimmy Panetta: Focus on expanding pre-K and early education.
    Jimmy Panetta: Make higher education both accessible and affordable.
    John Cox: I am a school choice advocate; I will push to end tenure.
    John Melendez: Lower college tuition, equal access.
    Kevin Faulconer: Better teacher salaries, give them tools they need.
    Kevin Faulconer: COVID: School closings not based on science.
    Kevin Faulconer: Take a firm stance with teachers unions over COVID closures.
    Kevin Paffrath: Racial disparities in education due to a despair mindset.
    Larry Elder: Schools need to purge bad teachers, they inflict damage.
    Laura Smith: Stop stealing for super-inflated administrative salaries.
    Laura Smith: Investigate universities for fraud, misappropriation.
    Lily Zhou: Give parents more choices, merit-based tenure for teachers.
    Nanette Barragan: Free-to-low-cost education for college or trade school.
    Nanette Barragan: Public education is a right--not a privilege for the wealthy.
    Newt Gingrich: I liked charter school programs in Obama's Race to the Top.
    Peter Camejo: Pay teachers more than prison guards.
    Rick Perry: We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates.
Energy & Oil
    Alex Padilla: For expanding clean-tech manufacturing and solar power.
    Barbara Boxer: Prop. 23: California clean energy policy creates jobs here.
    Barbara Boxer: Work with China on global warming, but California leads.
    Carly Fiorina: Examine the science; US can't act alone on global warming.
    Carly Fiorina: Dealing with global warming requires a global solution.
    David Hadley: Ban off-shore oil drilling; require 50% wind and solar.
    Jimmy Gomez: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
    John Cox: We must employ an all-of-the-above strategy.
    Jon Huntsman: Gas is $13/gal if we count cost of troop deployments.
    Kevin Faulconer: Unleash technological might to become energy independent.
    Kevin Paffrath: Allow reasonable upgrades to existing fuel infrastructure.
    Lily Zhou: Climate: engage youth; we know there's a problem.
    Michele Bachmann: Goal is to keep gas prices low, like $1.79 a gallon.
    Nanette Barragan: Climate change is an urgent environmental problem.
    Rick Perry: Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science.
    Ron Paul: I can get you a gallon of gas for a silver dime.
Environment
    Carly Fiorina: Protect families, not just fish and flies and frogs.
    Carly Fiorina: Account for social & economic impact of Endangered Species.
    David Hadley: Protect wildlife corridors and marine areas.
    Delaine Eastin: Pushed landfill cleanup and innovative recycling.
    Jimmy Gomez: Fund river revitalization; fight for environmental justice.
    Jimmy Gomez: Protect endangered species; and protect animal shelters.
    Jimmy Panetta: Collaborate to protect of our coastline, farmland, & forests.
    John Chiang: Safeguard our vast and precious natural resources.
    John Cox: Blaming climate change for wildfires unacceptable.
    John Melendez: Promoting hemp will protect our amazing planet.
    Laura Smith: Excessive water restrictions hurts agricultural industry.
    Michele Bachmann: EPA rulemaking has been based on politics, not science.
    Nanette Barragan: Fight to protect public health from big corporate polluters.
    Rick Perry: We reduced NO2 and ozone in TX without scientists dictating.
Families & Children
    Delaine Eastin: Prop 10: Raise tobacco taxes for early childhood development.
    Jimmy Gomez: Expand Paid Family Leave.
    Michele Bachmann: Best results when family involved; worst with government.
Foreign Policy
    Michele Bachmann: Biggest issue in Middle East is nuclear Iran.
    Rick Perry: America shouldn't be in the business of adventurism.
    Tom Campbell: Unwaveringly pro-Israel, despite votes against aid.
    Travis Allen: Unified Israel with Judea & Samaria; Jerusalem as capital.
Government Reform
    Bill Simon: Voters are turned off by negative campaigns.
    Bill Simon: Davisí pursuit of contributions are an obsession.
    Carly Fiorina: American dream is perishable, if government keeps growing.
    Doug Ose: Government engaged in significant overreach of authority.
    Doug Ose: California did studies instead of building dams & reservoirs.
    Gavin Newsom: COVID: all registered voters receive mail-in ballots.
    Gray Davis: Campaign contributions let regular people run for office.
    Gray Davis: Your vote is your voice-legislate open process.
    Jimmy Gomez: Replace Citizen's United with public financing.
    John Chiang: Dock pay of legislators unless they balance budget.
    John Chiang: Caught state paying $11 million salaries to dead employees.
    John Cox: I'm the outsider, not beholden to any donors.
    John Melendez: Electoral College broken, voters unheard.
    Kevin Faulconer: Would veto elimination of single-family zoning.
    Laura Smith: Investigate and punish embezzlement of taxpayer funds.
    Laura Smith: Revoke automatic voter registration via drivers' licenses.
    Laura Smith: Term limits must be imposed for all representatives.
    Lily Zhou: Knows firsthand how regulations stifle economic growth.
    Lily Zhou: Signed pledge for amendment for Congressional term limits.
    Peter Camejo: Encourage volunteerism and political activism.
    Peter Camejo: Green's contributions for message; Dem-Rep's for investments.
    Ron Paul: I believe in market regulation, but not federal regulation.
    Ron Paul: Everything government does is a mandate.
    Ron Paul: Don't use Executive Orders for controversial laws.
    Ron Paul: FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't.
    Kevin Kiley: Written words are binding on those in positions of power.
    Kevin Kiley: No "Third House": end lobbyist contributions and influence .
    Kevin Kiley: More open governance: restore power to local institutions .
Gun Control
    Barbara Boxer: Assault weapon ban has kept people safe.
    Carly Fiorina: Opposed 1994 assault weapon ban; opposes no-fly list gun ban.
    Carly Fiorina: Let people on no-fly list purchase guns; it's poorly managed.
    Carly Fiorina: Assault weapon ban is arbitrary about which weapons qualify.
    Dianne Feinstein: Gun lobby has too much power in Washington.
    Jimmy Panetta: Mental illness is often the root of gun violence.
    Kevin Faulconer: Keep California's tight restrictions, no need for changes.
    Kevin Paffrath: We're as far away from the Second Amendment as you can get.
    Laura Smith: Revoke or veto laws assaulting gun ownership rights.
Health Care
    David Hadley: Government-run health care reduces quality & increases costs.
    Doug Ose: COVID: Instead of mandates, give people options.
    Elizabeth Emken: Government-run health care is not the solution.
    Elizabeth Emken: ObamaCare is poorly written and it needs to repealed.
    Gail Lightfoot: Everyone benefits from health research, but not by gov't.
    Gail Lightfoot: Repeal ObamaCare & replace it with private sector.
    Gavin Newsom: State employees to get vaccinated or regular testing.
    Jimmy Gomez: Supports single-payer at state level and federal level.
    Jimmy Panetta: Committed to making ObamaCare even better.
    John Cox: Opposed vaccination mandate for health care workers.
    Jon Huntsman: We reformed UT healthcare without mandates.
    Kevin Faulconer: COVID: I do not favor mandates; I favor education.
    Kevin Faulconer: COVID: For vaccinating everyone, but not mandating.
    Michele Bachmann: ObamaCare is killing jobs.
    Mitt Romney: On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states.
    Rick Perry: Individual mandate just won't work.
    Rick Perry: Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states.
    Rick Perry: TX wants freedom for healthcare menus & co-pays; feds refuse.
    Rick Perry: HillaryCare did not address agricultural needs.
    Rick Perry: I hate cancer; inoculate girls against HPV.
    Ron Paul: Markets instead of lobbyists writing drug laws.
    Ron Paul: Vaccinating 12-year-olds against HPV is bad medicine.
Homeland Security
    Caitlyn Jenner: Opposed serving in Vietnam: failed physical despite Olympics.
    Carly Fiorina: Campaign donations from jihadists should be returned.
    Carly Fiorina: Guantanamo Bay isn't broken, so don't fix it.
    David Hadley: Strong champion for the Los Angeles Air Force Base.
    Herman Cain: Fix FEMA; don't abolish FEMA.
    Jay Obernolte: I have always stood for a strong national defense.
    Jimmy Gomez: VA medical benefits, job training, and housing loans.
    Jimmy Panetta: Strong defense includes two facilities in our district.
    Jon Huntsman: We need a DHS that doesn't make us feel like a shakedown.
    Jon Huntsman: 9-11 shattered our innocence and lost our confidence.
    Laura Smith: Assisting veterans & service members is honorable & required.
    Nanette Barragan: Advocate for veterans to receive comprehensive benefits.
    Newt Gingrich: We have enemies that want disasters on an enormous scale.
    Rick Perry: Unprincipled to create Department of Homeland Security.
    Rick Perry: Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it.
    Rick Santorum: Department of Homeland Security fixed an internal mess.
    Ron Paul: Abolish the TSA; let airlines establish security.
    Tom Campbell: 2000 campaign donor later convicted of terrorism.
    Tom Campbell: Execute terrorists without trial nor Miranda rights.
Immigration
    Barbara Boxer: Cosponsored DREAM Act: legal status from college or military.
    Bill Simon: Immigration system needs fundamental reform.
    Caitlyn Jenner: For a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
    Caitlyn Jenner: Would try to repeal California's sanctuary state status.
    Carly Fiorina: No comprehensive reform; but yes to DREAM Act.
    Doug Ose: Set standards for DACA kids, some should be deported.
    Elizabeth Emken: Comprehensive solution that starts by securing our borders.
    Gray Davis: Diversity is our strength; welcome all good citizens.
    Herman Cain: Secure the border with more boots on the ground.
    Jimmy Gomez: Deporting parents of U.S. citizens is morally wrong.
    Jimmy Panetta: Let DREAMers earn their way to citizenship.
    John Melendez: Find path for immigrants here illegally.
    Jon Huntsman: Focus on fixing legal immigration as well as illegal.
    Karen Bass: Human services for immigrants and their children.
    Kevin Faulconer: Repeal Medicaid expansion to undocumented immigrants.
    Kevin Paffrath: Our current legal immigration system sucks.
    Michele Bachmann: Our immigration law worked beautifully until 1960s.
    Michele Bachmann: Lack of border fence yields our sovereignty.
    Mitt Romney: Build 2,600-mile fence with enough guards to secure it.
    Mitt Romney: Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrants.
    Nanette Barragan: Comprehensive reform instead of fences and deportation.
    Newt Gingrich: Require official English plus American history.
    Newt Gingrich: I voted for Reagan's legal guest worker program.
    Peter Camejo: Immigrants are necessary to keeping the economy strong.
    Rick Perry: El Paso border is not safe until we have boots on the ground.
    Rick Santorum: No tricks like 1986; secure the border first.
    Rick Santorum: No promises & no government benefits to immigrants.
    Ron Paul: ID cards and border fences are not the American way.
    Tom Del Beccaro: Immigration is a national security issue; ports are a danger.
Jobs
    Barbara Boxer: TV ad: Fiorina fired thousands and moved their jobs to China.
    Doug Ose: Repeal law that employers provide benefits to more workers.
    Doug Ose: Opposed higher minimum wage; base income on productivity.
    Elizabeth Emken: Public unions have too much political influence.
    Jimmy Gomez: Raise the national minimum wage.
    Jimmy Gomez: Equal pay for equal work & Paycheck Fairness Act.
    John Cox: The real, true minimum wage should be zero.
    Kevin Faulconer: Make fixing unemployment system top technology project.
    Laura Smith: Coordinate employment assistance program with businesses.
    Lily Zhou: Doesn't believe in minimum wage: you must acquire skills.
    Mitt Romney: Bain Capital created thousands of jobs during my time there.
    Mitt Romney: America is an extraordinary jobs machine.
    Nanette Barragan: Raise minimum wage & demand pay equity for women.
    Rick Perry: We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M.
Principles & Values
    Bill Simon: Successful businessman, charity contributor, family man.
    Caitlyn Jenner: OpEd: Jenner a recluse on public policy.
    Caitlyn Jenner: Olympics win not because our system better than any other.
    Caitlyn Jenner: My faith played a very big role in what I'm doing.
    Carly Fiorina: I'll work across the aisle, including with Sen. Feinstein.
    Dianne Feinstein: Offers three televised Senate debates, but no Fox News.
    Dianne Feinstein: OpEd: Feinstein refusing to debate is a democracy dodge.
    Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
    Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
    Elizabeth Emken: Feinstein is arrogant and dismissive for not debating.
    Gavin Newsom: Partisan divisions can smash democracy like an antique vase.
    George W. Bush: Priorities: Reaganesque tax cuts; education & health reform.
    Gray Davis: Proud of record on education, healthcare, guns, environment.
    John Cox: I'm against corruption in government and in business.
    John McCain: Reagan Republican: simplify taxes, stop waste, pay down debt.
    John Melendez: Equal opportunity instead of catering to 1%.
    Kevin Faulconer: I treat people with dignity and respect even if we disagree.
    Kevin Faulconer: Strive to govern by being as inclusive as possible.
    Kevin Paffrath: Recall part of a national referendum on Trumpism.
    Kevin Paffrath: YouTube real estate star; politics not a priority.
    Lily Zhou: Legally immigrated from China; became entrepreneur.
    Lily Zhou: Restore people's faith in American Dream and our democracy.
    Lily Zhou: I'm a doer; I don't believe in research.
    Mitt Romney: Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending.
    Orly Taitz: Sen. Feinstein offers three debates, without birther issue.
    Peter Camejo: His candidacy broadened the debate and gave people choices.
    Republican Party: Democrats outvoted GOP in mail-in ballots.
Social Security
    David Hadley: Raise state employee retirement age & make pensions portable.
    Herman Cain: Chilean model: they fixed the same broken system as US.
    Mitt Romney: Funding for Social Security is not working, but system works.
    Nanette Barragan: Never gamble Social Security benefits on Wall Street.
    Rick Perry: It's a monstrous lie that young people will get benefits.
    Rick Perry: Cannot keep the Social Security status quo.
Tax Reform
    Carly Fiorina: Tax burden is already too high.
    Carly Fiorina: I will vote against every tax increase; cut waste instead.
    David Hadley: Oppose sales and income tax hikes in Proposition 30.
    Elizabeth Emken: Protect the social safety net and entitlement programs.
    Gavin Newsom: Repealed taxes on diapers, menstrual products.
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic plan: 9% income tax + 9% sales tax.
    Jay Obernolte: Failed notion that high taxes & big government improve life.
    John Chiang: No gimmicks to balance budget on backs of taxpayers.
    John Cox: I will reduce California's sky-high sales taxes, gas taxes.
    Jon Huntsman: Let's take a pledge to not take any pledges, including taxes.
    Kevin Faulconer: He will veto any tax increase that comes to his desk.
    Kevin Faulconer: Helping Our Heroes: exempt military retirement from taxes.
    Rocky Chavez: Californians pay an overall tax rate near 50%: too high!
    Tom Campbell: $600 billion to cut in Obama's budget; don't increase taxes.
    Tom Campbell: Won't sign taxpayer protection pledge; we need flexibility.
Technology
    Carly Fiorina: Taxation on the internet would be disastrous.
    David Hadley: Stop the wasteful high-speed rail project.
    Gail Lightfoot: Not up to government to provide R&D for business & industry.
    Jon Huntsman: For GOP to win, we can't run from science.
    Tom Campbell: Equalize internet sales taxes with bricks-and-mortar.
    Kevin Kiley: Focus on core infrastructure, not high-speed rail.
War & Peace
    Carly Fiorina: Impose crippling sanctions against Iran.
    Carly Fiorina: Impose sanctions on Iran: no refined petroleum imports.
    Carly Fiorina: Two-state solution with Jerusalem as undivided capital.
    Doug Ose: We're not shooting bullets yet, but we are at war with China.
    Jon Huntsman: Bring troops home from Afghanistan.
    Michele Bachmann: It was wrong for US to go into Libya.
    Nanette Barragan: Too many soldiers lost in unnecessary wars.
    Rick Santorum: No isolationism on Libya; but Obama did it wrong.
    Ron Paul: Cut $20B in Green Zone air conditioning to force troops home.
    Tom Campbell: Stand by Israel if they attack Iranian nukes.
    Tom Campbell: Consider but don't insist on Jerusalem as undivided capital.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jimmy Panetta: More affordable housing units in new developments.
    John Cox: Public-private partnership with churches can help homeless.
    Kevin Faulconer: Cut red tape; promote policies to get people off the street.
    Kevin Paffrath: Current system traps people into poverty programs.
    Laura Smith: Homeless people pour into California for free money & food.
    Lily Zhou: Group homes for mentally ill solves homelessness.
    Ron Paul: Welfare state isn't in the Constitution.
    Kevin Kiley: Audit $2.7B spent and help transition out of homelessness.


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