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)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Molly Kelly: Supports abortion rights and is backed by Planned Parenthood.
Steve Marchand: Proudly pro-choice.
Colin Van Ostern: Restore funding for Planned Parenthood.
Jim Rubens: Oppose partial birth abortion; support parental notification.
Chris Sununu: Take a pause in Planned Parenthood funding.
Colin Van Ostern: Restore Planned Parenthood funding; they had no wrongdoing.
Jon Lavoie: Pro-choice because it's none of my business.
Chris Sununu: Voted to restrict funding to local Planned Parenthood.
Kelly Ayotte: Make birth control pills available without prescription.
Jeanne Shaheen: Opposed the Blunt Amendment: require birth control coverage.
Bob Smith: Human life begins at conception.
Scott Brown: OpEd: Not a reliable vote on abortion rights.
Karen Testerman: No taxpayer dollars to terminate human life in the womb.
Mitt Romney: States shouldn't ban contraception; and no state wants to.
Rick Santorum: States have the right to ban contraception, but shouldn't.
Ron Paul: Right to privacy is explicit, but not for contraception.
Ray Metcalfe: Supports reproductive rights & stem-cell research.
Budget & Economy|
Chris Sununu: Increase Rainy Day Fund to $100M; start Infrastructure Fund.
Colin Van Ostern: Fiscally responsible budget: no improperly-sourced contracts.
Bernie Sanders: I led the effort against deregulation, but we lost.
Bernie Sanders: We need a 21st-century Glass-Steagall legislation.
Hillary Clinton: Committed to reducing corporate power not only Wall St.
Maggie Hassan: Restored $1B in cuts in state spending.
Bob Smith: Time to stop mortgaging our children's future.
Karen Testerman: More government jobs threaten our economy & freedom.
Ron Paul: We're reversing 100 years of bad policy; audit the Fed.
Rick Santorum: Spend-o-meter: track spending on all Senate amendments.
Cory Booker: Replace spending with tax incentives to stimulate hiring.
Molly Kelly: One of the first legislators to vote for marriage equality.
Chris Sununu: Gender identity non-discrimination in employment & housing.
Chris Sununu: No personal opinion on equal transgender rights.
Maggie Hassan: Ban discrimination against transgender individuals.
Bernie Sanders: What kind of response would happen if Flint MI were white?
Bob Smith: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Scott Brown: Next step in racial equality: stop glorifying violence.
Karen Testerman: Vocal opponent of same-sex civil unions.
Annie Kuster: Equal pay for equal work.
Mitt Romney: Gay community needs more support from the Republican Party.
Rick Santorum: I agree with hearing gay ideas but disagree with some.
Rick Santorum: Marriage is a federal issue; we need one definition, not 50.
Molly Kelly: Put an end to the tax breaks for wealthy corporations.
Molly Kelly: Cancel business tax breaks; but against sales or income tax.
Steve Marchand: Cancel business tax breaks; but against sales or income tax.
Chris Sununu: Lower business tax to accompany no income or sales tax.
Chris Sununu: 3-phase deregulation to help business.
Chris Sununu: New department of Business and Economic Affairs.
Jim Rubens: Reduce corporate tax rates & repatriate overseas profits.
Bernie Sanders: If we don't break up banks, we'll be bailing them out again.
Hillary Clinton: Agrees that Wall Street and banks cannot get too powerful.
Hillary Clinton: I warned corporations about wrecking the economy.
Hillary Clinton: It's not just Wall Street; it's Big Pharma too.
Scott Brown: AdWatch: Loosened financial reform regulations.
Rick Santorum: Companies run into a stiff headwind called government.
Chris Sununu: Expedite critical resources to combat crime.
Bernie Sanders: Government should not be part of the death penalty.
Bernie Sanders: Create criminal records for corrupt white collar criminals.
Hillary Clinton: Death penalty appropriate for Oklahoma City bombing.
John Lynch: Parole violators go to jail, for all released convicts.
Maggie Hassan: Parole violators go to jail, for all released convicts.
Molly Kelly: Help opioid users recover & rebuild.
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: Legalize medical marijuana for chronic pain.
Colin Van Ostern: Health Protection Plan for addiction treatment services.
Jim Rubens: War on drugs is a flagrant $1 trillion policy failure.
Jim Rubens: Legalize marijuana; drug-assisted treatment for opioids.
Chris Sununu: Given NH's opioid epidemic, a drug czar is a necessity.
Jon Lavoie: Fund heroin interdiction, but fund treatment too.
Jon Lavoie: Learn from Colorado and collect marijuana tax dollars.
Jeanne Shaheen: Allow medical marijuana; but no recreational marijuana.
Scott Brown: Restrict medical marijuana; and no recreational marijuana.
Ray Metcalfe: End the war on drugs.
Molly Kelly: Veto any effort to take money away from public schools.
Molly Kelly: Freeze college tuition and lower it as well.
Steve Marchand: NH should offer state funding for pre-K, like most states.
Chris Sununu: Give parents choice instead of one-size-fits-all system.
Steve Marchand: $5M for debt-free college in needed programs.
Steve Marchand: Prioritize public school districts and we will see results.
Chris Sununu: Increase operating budget $10M of Community College System.
Kelly Ayotte: Cut Pell Grants; use private student loan financing.
Colin Van Ostern: Universal full-day kindergarten; more PACE; more local aid.
Colin Van Ostern: College for America: students into workforce with no debt.
Colin Van Ostern: College for America: students into workforce with no debt.
Jim Rubens: Unconstitutional for federal government to control K-12.
Bernie Sanders: Student debt is crushing young graduates.
Hillary Clinton: Experts vetted my college plan, and it works.
Maggie Hassan: As governor, I froze college tuition.
Chris Sununu: More funding for charter schools; less power to bureaucrats.
Bob Smith: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
Karen Testerman: Put parents back in charge, not Department of Education.
Karen Testerman: Stop the "common core" federal education standards.
Jeanne Shaheen: Must resolve permanent school funding this year.
Jeanne Shaheen: Standards for teachers; kindergarten for kids.
Energy & Oil|
Chris Sununu: Veto solar/hydropower bill; they cost ratepayers too much.
Molly Kelly: For solar and hydropower; they create jobs & save money.
Steve Marchand: Gas tax isn't ideal, but use it for infrastructure.
Chris Sununu: Increase availability of baseload power; reduce energy rates.
Colin Van Ostern: Expand solar energy by hike in renewable 'net metering' cap.
Hillary Clinton: Half a billion solar panels in first 4 years.
Mark Connolly: Move away from fossil fuels; oppose Northern Pass line.
Bob Smith: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Scott Brown: Keystone XL should be included in energy efficiency bill.
Karen Testerman: End the war on coal: keep electrical generating plants.
Karen Testerman: Carbon dioxide causes plants to thrive, not global warming.
Rick Santorum: Out of office, I stayed in the fray to defeat cap-and-trade.
Molly Kelly: Make fishing & tourism industries safe from oil spills.
Chris Sununu: Fund asbestos cleanup, and clean water infrastructure.
Hillary Clinton: Federal takeover of Flint water supply if state can't fix it.
Karen Testerman: Declaring national monuments to benefit donors is an abuse.
Mitt Romney: Cross-border pollution matters; so build natural gas system.
Newt Gingrich: EPA should not regulate dust storms in Iowa.
Jeanne Shaheen: Supports Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.
Jeanne Shaheen: Manage growth & avoid sprawl.
Families & Children|
Molly Kelly: Supports and will sign for paid family and medical leave.
Jilletta Jarvis: Family & medical leave is insolvent even when mandatory.
Steve Marchand: Make NH the best state to start a family & start a business.
Chris Sununu: More home-care funding ultimately lowers the cost of care.
Colin Van Ostern: Include respite care for family caregivers.
Maggie Hassan: Fought for right to education for son with cerebral palsy.
Rick Santorum: Address breakdown of American family from bully pulpit.
Rick Santorum: Gay adoption is a state issue; no federal ban.
Bernie Sanders: Key doctrine: We can't do it alone; must work in coalition.
Bernie Sanders: Encourage Saudis and Iran to work together, despite distrust.
Bernie Sanders: Move forward with Iran with relations the long-term goal.
Bernie Sanders: North Korea is run by nuclear-armed paranoid dictator.
Bernie Sanders: I worry about Putin in Crimea but worry more about N. Korea.
Hillary Clinton: Address arc of instability from North Africa to South Asia.
Hillary Clinton: Obama trusted my judgment; I'll be ready on Day One.
Hillary Clinton: Need more European contribution to defending against Russia.
Scott Brown: Restore American leadership; we have none now.
Bob Smith: America is in trouble; we need leadership out of this mess.
Scott Brown: Our allies don't trust us, our foes don't fear us.
Rick Santorum: Iran's theocracy encourages use of nuclear weapons.
Ron Paul: We don't even accept elections from overseas.
Jon Huntsman: China is our most important relationship of the 21st century.
Alan Keyes: Clarifying commitment to Taiwan avoids Chinese attack.
Alan Keyes: Military intervention to ensure Taiwan’s self-determination.
George W. Bush: Texas governorship provides foreign policy experience.
Chris Sununu: Opposes tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Jeanne Shaheen: Opposes tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Bernie Sanders: Don't believe that unfettered trade creates U.S. jobs.
Bernie Sanders: I disagree with Obama on TPP, but he's done a great job.
Bernie Sanders: I will take on corporations that take their jobs to China.
Hillary Clinton: I oppose CAFTA & TPP, but global economy needs trade.
Jeanne Shaheen: Expand opportunities to export to markets around the globe.
Mitt Romney: We have to open up markets to America's goods.
Ray Metcalfe: Fair trade as opposed to free trade.
Molly Kelly: Wants real campaign finance reform; no corporate donations.
Molly Kelly: End voter suppression; end corporate campaign contributions.
Steve Marchand: Public funding of elections.
Jim Rubens: Congress is addicted to spending to pay for pork.
Bernie Sanders: Establishment candidates are beholden to big money.
Bernie Sanders: Congress represents the wealthy; they donate to ensure that.
Bernie Sanders: Litmus test for Supreme Court on Citizens United.
Bernie Sanders: Overturn Citizens United: America is one person, one vote.
Bernie Sanders: Presidency isn't winnable with public financing.
Bernie Sanders: GOP loves voter suppression because it lets them win.
Chris Sununu: End expansive government that stifles economic growth.
Jim Rubens: Voluntary small dollar vouchers to fund federal elections.
Bob Smith: Photo ID for voting.
Jeanne Shaheen: People's Pledge: Let's limit outside PAC contributions.
Scott Brown: No pledge to limit outside PAC contributions.
Ron Paul: Preach the gospel of liberty.
Ron Paul: All spending should be designated by earmarks.
Maggie Hassan: Opposed Photo ID for Voting.
John Lynch: Vetoed Photo ID for Voting.
Orrin Hatch: Real campaign finance reform is disclosure & more disclosure.
Molly Kelly: Advocates universal background checks and more gun controls.
Chris Sununu: Protect schools with security infrastructure.
Steve Marchand: Supports permits, background checks, and no big changes.
Kelly Ayotte: No gun restrictions except terrorist watch lists.
Bob Smith: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Scott Brown: Ok'd federal ban on assault weapons after Newtown shootings.
Karen Testerman: Second Amendment is about protection, not hunting.
Herman Cain: Let each state pass a concealed weapon bill.
Molly Kelly: Backed Medicaid expansion; opposes efforts to limit access.
Chris Sununu: State must invest in mental healthcare system.
Chris Sununu: Push for a true accounting of our Medicaid program.
Colin Van Ostern: Worked to expand Medicaid.
Colin Van Ostern: Medicaid Expansion brought coverage to 44,000 N.H. citizens.
Bernie Sanders: Other countries cover everyone; why can't we?
Bernie Sanders: Health care for 29 million more uninsured.
Hillary Clinton: Go from 90% coverage under ObamaCare to 100% coverage.
Chris Sununu: Voted against funding Planned Parenthood state contracts.
Carol Shea-Porter: Negotiate prices for prescription drugs with manufacturers.
Jeanne Shaheen: Ebola: No fear-mongering; maybe a travel ban.
Scott Brown: Ebola: travel ban to West Africa.
Bob Smith: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Scott Brown: ObamaCare's mandate means higher costs and fewer jobs.
Jeanne Shaheen: AdWatch: Falsely promised all people could keep insurance.
Jeanne Shaheen: No apologies for helping people get affordable insurance.
Scott Brown: Supported RomneyCare in 2006; it's different than ObamaCare.
Karen Testerman: ObamaCare is unaffordable and unworkable.
Jeanne Shaheen: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Rick Santorum: Give Medicare same options and opt-out as Congress.
Rick Santorum: Promote Health Savings Accounts as market-based solution.
Ray Metcalfe: Supports universal health care.
Molly Kelly: Take care of the veterans and meet their needs.
Chris Sununu: Transgendered people in military ok.
Bernie Sanders: Strengthen the V.A.; don't privatize the V.A.
Bernie Sanders: It does us no good to NOT talk to adversaries.
Bernie Sanders: Promise to never privatize V.A.
Hillary Clinton: Fight the idea of privatizing the V.A.
Hillary Clinton: Promise to never privatize V.A.
Scott Brown: Strip US citizenship from terrorists who fight overseas.
Jeanne Shaheen: Tireless advocate for keeping our commitment to veterans.
Bob Smith: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Jim Rubens: The surveillance state is not OK: limit the NSA.
Karen Testerman: Rebuild our forces for adversaries like Chinese & Russians.
Jim Rubens: NSA infringes Constitution and causes citizen distrust.
Rick Santorum: Privacy is in 4th amendment, but Patriot Act is ok.
Rick Santorum: Confront virulent threat of radical Islam.
Ron Paul: Getting bin Laden OK; Iranian nukes not OK.
Alan Keyes: Missile defense umbrella including Taiwan.
Molly Kelly: Strongly opposes Trump's immigration and border law changes.
Chris Sununu: Supports DREAMers; reform immigration laws.
Steve Marchand: Aggressively pursue pro-immigration policies.
Chris Sununu: Don't block all immigration; do block 10,000 Syrian refugees.
Colin Van Ostern: Make sure new immigrants learn English & civics.
Mark Connolly: Immigration is key to the state's economic growth.
Jim Rubens: No amnesty; no birthright citizenship; no sanctuary cities.
Bernie Sanders: Supports path to citizenship for illegals.
Chris Sununu: The US should halt admitting Syrian refugees.
Scott Brown: The border is secure when people don't come across it.
Jeanne Shaheen: We need to fix our broken immigration system.
Scott Brown: It's wrong that illegals can just walk across the border.
Bob Smith: Securing our borders is matter of economic stability.
Karen Testerman: Illegal immigrants are stealing from our country.
Karen Testerman: Illegal immigrants over burden our public schools.
Carol Shea-Porter: Allow administrative amnesty to some illegal aliens.
Molly Kelly: Recognize and value the contributions of older workers.
Molly Kelly: Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Jilletta Jarvis: Reduce occupational license requirements.
Jim Rubens: Enforce that all employers use E-Verify system.
Scott Brown: My job is to let businesses create jobs.
Mitt Romney: Tie government union wages to private sector wages.
Rick Perry: Repeal national right-to-work law; let states decide.
Rick Santorum: Unions are good community members but we need right-to-work.
Principles & Values|
Steve Marchand: Socially very progressive and fiscally very responsible.
Bernie Sanders: It is not unrealistic to fight for middle class.
Bernie Sanders: I walk the walk of progressivism, with no Super PAC.
Bernie Sanders: I am longest serving Independent but caucus with Dems.
Bernie Sanders: Too late for establishment politics: we need a revolution.
Hillary Clinton: I am a progressive who gets things done.
Hillary Clinton: A woman president does not exemplify the establishment.
Hillary Clinton: Speaking fees & donations do not equal political corruption.
Hillary Clinton: Before it was emails, it was Benghazi; it's all a ploy.
Chris Sununu: Served three terms on the Executive Council.
Bob Smith: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Jeanne Shaheen: On 99% vote with Obama: Find ways to appeal to independents.
Bob Smith: Too many in Washington have no vision to restore the nation.
Jon Huntsman: We need a unifying leader, not vilifying different groups.
Rick Perry: Obama's a socialist; Founding Fathers didn't want socialists.
Mitt Romney: Obama's policies have made the recession deeper.
Mitt Romney: Business entrepreneurialism is leadership experience.
Rick Santorum: We need command leadership; not business experience.
Rick Santorum: I'm a conservative but not a libertarian; some government OK.
Rick Santorum: I appeal to blue-collar voters, not Wall Street.
Gary Bauer: Better off than 4 years ago financially, but not culturally.
Orrin Hatch: Legislative record of bipartisan accomplishment.
Chris Sununu: Flexible retirement savings, and ensure Soc. Sec. solvency.
Colin Van Ostern: Focus on good jobs so people can save for retirement.
Rick Santorum: Means testing: reduce benefits for wealthy seniors.
Gary Bauer: Relieve tax burden via smaller retirement benefits.
Gary Bauer: Preserve social security by reform without privatization.
George W. Bush: Keep promise to retirees but consider raising retirement age.
Steve Forbes: Raising retirement age betrays promise to American retirees.
Steve Marchand: No sales tax; no income tax; reduce property tax.
Maggie Hassan: Wealthy should pay their fair share.
Bernie Sanders: End loophole that allows zero taxes via Cayman Islands.
Mark Connolly: N.H. needs more revenue, but not via a broad-based tax.
Chris Sununu: Pledge to veto state sales tax and income tax.
Karen Testerman: Supports flat tax & abolishing the IRS.
Jon Huntsman: Rip out $1.1T in loopholes from the corrupt tax code.
Rick Santorum: Simplify tax code: just 5 deductions; everything else goes.
Ray Metcalfe: Tax cuts for the rich threw surplus into the toilet.
Molly Kelly: Supports raising gas tax to fund infrastructure repairs.
Jilletta Jarvis: Private commuter rail ok, but not state-funded.
Chris Sununu: Double infrastructure grants to towns for roads and bridges.
Colin Van Ostern: Bring passenger rail from Boston to central N.H.
Colin Van Ostern: Build commuter rail line between Manchester and Boston.
Hillary Clinton: Retroactive classification can make any email problematic.
Chris Sununu: Opposed commuter rail from Boston to central New Hampshire.
Newt Gingrich: We can't compete with China with an inferior infrastructure.
Jeanne Shaheen: Focus on brainpower, not horsepower, via more education.
Steve Forbes: Drop Microsoft case; new tech makes it obsolete.
War & Peace|
Bernie Sanders: Iraq war led to ISIS creation, as I predicted would happen.
Hillary Clinton: Don't normalize relations with Iran; we need leverage.
Hillary Clinton: 4,000 U.S. trainers & special forces in Iraq & Syria.
Jeanne Shaheen: Address ISIS without fearmongering.
Jon Huntsman: Draw down to 10,000 troops in Afghanistan by 2013.
Jon Huntsman: We listened to generals in Vietnam; don't repeat our mistake.
Mitt Romney: Leave Afghanistan when generals on the ground say so.
Newt Gingrich: We have mismanaged region-wide crisis in Middle East.
Rick Perry: I would send troops back into Iraq, to exclude Iran.
Rick Santorum: Stay in Afghanistan until security of our country is secure.
Rick Santorum: Iranian people admire us; Iranian leaders are evil.
Welfare & Poverty|
Rick Santorum: Block grant Medicaid, housing, & food stamps to states.
Rick Santorum: Poverty is not a disability; believe in ability to work.
Ron Paul: Entitlements are not rights; only big guys get entitlements.
Rick Santorum: I authored the only bill to remove an entitlement.