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)
Knute Buehler: Pro-choice: wants abortions rare, safe and legal.
Mark Callahan: Abortion is murder.
Kevin Stine: No new federal law restricting access to abortion.
Bud Pierce: Accessible contraceptives & family planning services.
Mark Callahan: You are either Pro-Life or you are not.
Monica Wehby: Abortion is a personal choice.
Monica Wehby: Abortion is a personal decision.
Jim Huffman: Pro-choice but Roe v. Wade was a bad decision.
Jim Huffman: Supports abortion rights, but no federal funding.
Jim Huffman: Pro-choice, but issue has corrupted politics.
Jeff Merkley: Public funding for stem cell research.
Tom Vilsack: Informed consent is government telling women what to do.
Winona LaDuke: Supports a womanís right to choose.
Winona LaDuke: Choice means quality of life for low-income families.
Jeff Merkley: Abortions should always be legally available.
John Kitzhaber: Abortions always legally available, & government funded.
Kate Brown: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy|
Knute Buehler: Boost economy via spending controls and cutting regulations.
Bob Niemeyer: Cut the size of government and jobs will follow.
Kevin Stine: Supports stimulus over market-led recovery.
Bud Pierce: Cut growth in state budget by half.
Mark Callahan: Balanced Budget Amendment to the US Constitution.
John Kitzhaber: State recovering from Great Recession, but not every person.
Monica Wehby: Problem is uncertainty in federal regulation & tax climate.
Jason Conger: Supports executive bonuses; opposes federal bailout.
Jim Huffman: No $2M spending on exotic ant research.
Ron Wyden: No bailout of finance industry, no Wall Street bonuses.
Jim Huffman: Supports balanced budget amendment.
Gordon Harold Smith: Supports bailout as BETTER regulation, not MORE regulation.
Jeff Merkley: Oppose bailout bill; more oversight needed.
Gordon Harold Smith: Stabilize the monster that is devouring Wall Street.
Jeff Merkley: Bailout bill is a $700-million blank check.
Gordon Harold Smith: Supports government help for people facing foreclosure.
Jeff Merkley: Our children have to repay debt from deregulated Wall Street.
Winona LaDuke: Replace corporate subsidies with community revitalization.
Kate Brown: Fund infrastructure; start-up businesses; and job retraining.
Kevin Stine: Affirmative action is ok, bur don't enforce statistically.
Kevin Stine: Strongly supports same-sex marriage.
Mark Callahan: Marriage is between one man and one woman.
Bud Pierce: Same-sex marriage is a "settled" issue.
Jeff Merkley: Ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work.
Monica Wehby: Paycheck Fairness Act hurts women in the workplace.
Monica Wehby: Government shouldn't be involved in same-sex marriage.
Jim Huffman: Supports the legal rights of gays.
Jeff Merkley: Oregon Equality Act: sexual orientation is a civil right.
Jeff Merkley: Apply affirmative action to state hiring.
John Kitzhaber: Maintain affirmative action in colleges & state hiring.
John Kitzhaber: Recognize same-sex marriages.
Kate Brown: Prosecute discrimination cases; support affirmative action.
Kate Brown: Grow Our Own: develop existing Oregon businesses.
Kevin Stine: Tax loopholes allow companies to pay meager tax rates.
Kevin Stine: Cut corporate handouts & thus raise tax rates on the 1%.
Monica Wehby: Gov't should encourage growth, not squeeze businesses out.
Jim Huffman: Moratorium on new federal regulations on businesses.
Knute Buehler: A crime victim himself, vows to make citizen's lives safer.
Kevin Stine: Give judges more leeway on sentencing.
Bob Niemeyer: Death penalty is less cruel to families of victims.
Jason Conger: Voted NO on reducing sentences for non-violent offenses.
Jim Huffman: Death penalty is too inaccurate to deserve support.
Gordon Harold Smith: Stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists & child sex.
Jeff Merkley: Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals.
Gordon Harold Smith: Supports use of federal death penalty.
Jeff Merkley: Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders.
Jeff Merkley: Opposes the death penalty.
Jeff Merkley: Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration.
John Kitzhaber: Oppose the death penalty.
John Kitzhaber: End parole for repeat violent felons.
Kate Brown: Supports community policing; opposes death penalty.
Knute Buehler: Federal government needs to respect state laws on marijuana.
Jay Inslee: Pilot program for growing industrial hemp.
Kate Brown: Liberalize recreational marijuana use but regulate it.
Kevin Stine: Fearful rhetoric about marijuana leads to waste, not safety.
Jeff Merkley: Positives of pot legalization outweigh the negatives.
Jason Conger: Voted NO on retail medical marijuana establishments.
Jeff Merkley: Toughen laws against meth traffickers.
Gordon Harold Smith: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
John Kitzhaber: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana.
Kate Brown: Seamless system of education, from cradle to career.
Knute Buehler: Combat failing graduation; improve academic achievement.
Kate Brown: Future Ready Oregon: Prepare students for today's jobs.
Bob Niemeyer: Charter schools are the answer; throw out Common Core.
Bud Pierce: Apply Massachusetts Education Reform act to Oregon schools.
Kate Brown: Seamless public education from cradle to career.
Jay Inslee: Reverse transfer credits toward associate degrees.
Kevin Stine: Opposes school vouchers.
Bud Pierce: We need motivated, well-trained teachers.
Bob Niemeyer: Common Core creates a putrid educational system.
Mark Callahan: Common Core is dumbing down the next generation.
Kate Brown: Make it easier to opt out from Common Core testing.
Monica Wehby: Increase school choice options for our families.
Mark Callahan: Get rid of the Department of Education.
Bruce Broussard: Take full advantage of No Child Left Behind Program.
Kevin Mannix: Increase funding without raising taxes.
John Kitzhaber: Public education is the cornerstone of democracy.
Kate Brown: More state funds for low-income districts.
Energy & Oil|
Knute Buehler: May 2017: tax carbon; Oct.2017: oppose clean-energy jobs.
Kevin Stine: End corporate handouts to fossil fuel companies.
Mark Callahan: Do nothing about global warming; it's a fraudulent invention.
Ron Wyden: Boost renewable energy and the low-carbon economy.
Kate Brown: Wean Oregon off coal and boost renewable sources.
Kevin Stine: Prioritize green energy.
Bud Pierce: End low-carbon fuel mandate: 19 cents-a-gallon hidden tax.
Julian Bell: Combat climate change and promote clean energy.
Kate Brown: Angered environmentalists via compromise transportation bill.
Mark Callahan: Energy independence: based on the free market.
Kate Brown: Clean fuel bill critical; we are seeing a warming planet.
Monica Wehby: Complete the Keystone Pipeline; end EPA overreach.
Jason Conger: Voted NO on electronic energy efficiency standards.
John Kitzhaber: Making renewable energy in state also keeps dollars in state.
Ron Wyden: Biomass is a clean energy source & a job machine.
Ted Kulongoski: Require 1.5% solar energy technology in public construction.
Kate Brown: Require 1.5% solar energy technology in public construction.
Bruce Broussard: Team with business for hybrid vehicles and renewables.
Winona LaDuke: Support alternative energy & industrial hemp.
Knute Buehler: Wants to combat wildfire damage to forests with new policies.
Bud Pierce: Enhance infrastructure & natural resource based jobs.
Mark Callahan: Constitution disallows so much federal land ownership.
Kevin Stine: Common sense solutions to ensure environmental security.
Bud Pierce: Maintain forestlands through proper forest management.
Monica Wehby: Fisherman, miners, and loggers need a partner in D.C.
Jason Conger: Higher timber harvests on public land.
Jason Conger: Voted NO on prohibiting motorized mining in riverbeds.
Jason Conger: Rated 53% by Conservation Voters; 80% by Humane Society.
Jim Huffman: End restrictions for logging federal timber land.
Jim Huffman: Upset at impact on rural communities from logging ban.
Ron Wyden: Worked out compromise Eastside Forest Plan.
Gordon Harold Smith: Inserted Oregon timber payments into $70 bailout bill.
Gordon Harold Smith: Create more jobs in timber industry.
Jeff Merkley: Son of a timber family; will fight for timber payments.
Jeff Merkley: Sustainable forest harvest important for economy.
Kate Brown: Supports watershed planning & reservoir drawdowns.
Families & Children|
Knute Buehler: Create a "rapid-improvement team" for foster care.
Bud Pierce: Partially support hospice/respite centers.
Knute Buehler: Early supporter of marriage equality for all citizens.
Bud Pierce: Alleviate the scourge of sex trafficking.
Monica Wehby: 2007: Ex-husband filed police report, but good friends now.
Monica Wehby: 2013: Ex-boyfriend filed police report, but now regrets it.
Jason Conger: Rated 79% by Oregon Stand for Children.
John Kitzhaber: Invest in children in early years to prevent tragic failures.
Winona LaDuke: Gore and Bush endorse a myth of the American family.
Kevin Stine: Supports American Exceptionalism.
Kevin Stine: Avoid foreign entanglements.
Mark Callahan: Strong support of our military and of Israel.
Jeff Merkley: In a dangerous world, we need to work with other nations.
Jason Conger: Russia emboldened in Ukraine by Obama's weak foreign policy.
Monica Wehby: Russia emboldened in Ukraine by Obama's weak foreign policy.
Mark Callahan: UN Small Arms Treaty yields our sovereignty.
Winona LaDuke: Opposes military aid to Colombia.
Kevin Stine: We need fair trade, not free trade.
Kevin Stine: Oppose "fast track" trade legislation; oppose TPP.
Kate Brown: International trade supports a half million Oregon jobs.
Jeff Merkley: Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Monica Wehby: Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Knute Buehler: End pay-to-play politics, to restore confidence.
Bud Pierce: Mandate government to release requested info for free.
Kate Brown: Disclose lobbyist info & pay, on public website.
Kevin Stine: Allow absentee ballots for all; extend early voting.
Bob Niemeyer: Go back to voting in person, with verified photo ID.
Mark Callahan: Limit terms in Congress & the U.S. Senate.
Monica Wehby: Founders never imagined a permanent political class.
Jeff Merkley: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
Kate Brown: Oregon sees high turnout because of vote-by-mail.
Kate Brown: 15 million ballots via vote-by-mail with only 9 fraud cases.
Gordon Harold Smith: Increase individuals campaign donation limit.
Bruce Broussard: Good government follows clearly outlined public procedures.
Kevin Mannix: Fix budget with government structure change not tax hike.
Winona LaDuke: Stop corporate funding of elections.
Jeff Merkley: Spending limits on campaigns, plus full disclosure.
John Kitzhaber: Limit individual campaign donations; require full disclosure.
Kate Brown: Supports IP43 assault weapon ban and IP44 safe storage rules.
Knute Buehler: Opposes gun control proposals as intruding on basic freedoms.
Bud Pierce: Oppose background checks; they won't reduce gun violence.
Bud Pierce: Surveillance of schools & social media, to curb gun violence.
Kevin Stine: Gun lobby has redefined 2nd Amendment in a perverse way.
Mark Callahan: The 2nd Amendment was meant to protect the 1st Amendment.
Kate Brown: Require criminal background checks for gun purchases.
Kate Brown: Require more background checks on gun sales.
Monica Wehby: Protect all constitutional rights, especially 2nd Amendment.
Jim Huffman: Oppose restrictions on right to bear arms.
Jeff Merkley: Maintain restrictions on purchase & possession of firearms.
John Kitzhaber: Increase restrictions on gun purchase and possession.
Knute Buehler: Single-payer health care as a qualified not absolute right.
Kate Brown: Access to healthcare improving, but there is more we must do.
Kevin Stine: We need real healthcare reform, like single-payer.
Bud Pierce: Subsidize "adequate" insurance for low-income Oregonians.
Bud Pierce: Fight any one-size-fits-all single-payer healthcare system.
Mark Callahan: Full repeal of ObamaCare / WydenCare.
Monica Wehby: Prominent and early opponent of ObamaCare.
Jason Conger: State-run Cover Oregon exchange better than ObamaCare.
Monica Wehby: We need more MDs and fewer JDs in Congress.
Monica Wehby: I was against ObamaCare when it wasn't cool.
Jason Conger: Opposes "Cover Oregon" and state-run insurance exchanges.
Mark Callahan: Opposes "Cover Oregon" and state-run insurance exchanges.
Jeff Merkley: I couldn't enroll in ObamaCare, but it'll eventually succeed.
Jeff Merkley: 2009: "Keep your insurance"; 2014: fix ObamaCare so you can.
Jason Conger: Delay health plan cancellations due to ObamaCare.
Jeff Merkley: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Winona LaDuke: Moms know we need an affordable health care system.
Winona LaDuke: Aid to families is sacrificed in favor of military aid.
Kate Brown: Fund care for infants; disabled; seniors; & Oregon citizens.
Bud Pierce: State duty to honor the sacrifice of those who've served.
Kevin Stine: Wasteful defense spending is rampant.
Mark Callahan: Strongly support veterans & active duty military personnel.
Monica Wehby: Put the needs and care of our veterans first.
Monica Wehby: Strengthening our armed forces protects our freedoms.
Jason Conger: Opposes reduction in size of America's military force.
Monica Wehby: Opposes reduction in size of America's military force.
Jeff Merkley: Be slow to go to war and be fast to take care of veterans.
Bruce Broussard: More funding for First Responders.
Bruce Broussard: Support more comprehensive information sharing programs.
Knute Buehler: Omit minor infractions from sanctuary state rules.
Kevin Stine: Any reasonable reform includes a pathway to citizenship.
Kate Brown: Oregon will accept refugees and help them rebuild lives.
Kate Brown: Open the doors of opportunity for Syrian refugees.
Mark Callahan: No driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.
Kate Brown: Expand state college aid to undocumented students.
Monica Wehby: Secure the border but increase H1B visas & guest workers.
Jason Conger: Temporary visas for needed undocumented immigrants.
Mark Callahan: Enforce borders; enforce existing laws; say no to amnesty.
Jason Conger: Voted NO on drivers licenses for non-resident aliens.
Jason Conger: Stricter rules for non-citizen college tuition equity.
Jeff Merkley: Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform.
Knute Buehler: More job training; less job-killing regulations.
Bud Pierce: Vigilance in enforcing Equal Pay laws for women.
Jeff Merkley: Minimum wage should be left to the states.
Bruce Broussard: Create more jobs domestically.
Bruce Broussard: Get more of federal $23B for job training for Oregon.
Kevin Mannix: Support small businesses to spur job growth.
Principles & Values|
Knute Buehler: Freedom and new opportunities are bedrock GOP principles.
Mark Callahan: God is guiding me to fight for the freedom of our country.
Mark Callahan: Very conservative first-time office holder.
Kevin Stine: The Senate is full of multi-millionaires over the age of 60.
Ron Wyden: Give voice to those who often feel left out of the debate.
Kevin Stine: Separate church & state, but some leeway for societal norms.
Bob Niemeyer: Separating church & state doesn't pull God out of government.
Mark Callahan: Religious freedom is under attack by political correctness.
Kevin Stine: Served in Navy for 9 years; on City Council for 1.
John Kitzhaber: 36 years in government: state House; state Senate; Governor.
Monica Wehby: Declined to debate on live TV in Senate primary.
Monica Wehby: AdWatch: Parents trust her as a pediatric neurosurgeon.
Ron Wyden: FactCheck: No truth to rumors that Wyden lives in New York.
Gordon Harold Smith: Works often with Sen. Wyden (D-OR) & Sen. Obama (D-IL).
Jeff Merkley: Endorsed by Sen. Wyden; Iíll be his partner.
Jeff Merkley: Iíve lived a pretty unconventional life.
Bud Pierce: Require automatic enrollment with payroll deductions.
Kate Brown: More options & opportunities to save for retirement.
Kevin Stine: Opposes privatizing Social Security.
Monica Wehby: Put entitlements on a path to being financially secure.
Jim Huffman: Option of putting payroll taxes in a private account.
Gordon Harold Smith: People should prepare for retirement in addition to Soc.Sec.
Jeff Merkley: Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash.
Bud Pierce: Tax relief on mid-tier income earners, to create more jobs.
Knute Buehler: No new or higher taxes during booming economy.
Mark Callahan: Support flat tax or FairTax; oppose growing government.
Ron Wyden: Sophisticated wealthy few distort tax system.
Mark Callahan: Implement a Flat Tax to replace 74,000-page tax system.
Kate Brown: Need more taxes from business to support basic needs.
Monica Wehby: 40% of budget on debt servicing is generational theft.
Jason Conger: Pushed tax relief for middle and low income families.
Gordon Harold Smith: I believe in pro-growth tax cuts.
Jeff Merkley: Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year.
Bruce Broussard: Provide businesses with tax incentives to create jobs.
Winona LaDuke: Favors economic and tax policies to benefit poor, not rich.
Jeff Merkley: No state sales tax.
John Kitzhaber: No state sales tax; no flat tax; increase gas tax.
Knute Buehler: Funding transit by payroll tax is unfair and bad policy.
Bud Pierce: Public transit ok, but future is autonomous drive vehicles.
Kate Brown: Expand public transit to ease traffic congestion.
Ron Wyden: Limit taxes on Internet-based companies.
War & Peace|
Mark Callahan: Iran nuclear deal endangers U.S. and our allies.
Monica Wehby: Ensure that Iranian nukes don't threaten Israel.
Jeff Merkley: Opposed Iraq war from the very beginning, against Party.
Welfare & Poverty|
Gordon Harold Smith: Block grants for state and local flexibility in welfare.
Jeff Merkley: Supports workfare and 2-year welfare limits.