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)
Edward Janowski: Men imposing on pregnant women makes them breeding stock.
Augustus Invictus: Leave abortion decisions to the states.
Charlie Crist: Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions.
Kendrick Meek: I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist.
Charlie Crist: Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion.
Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered.
Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception.
Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal.
Budget & Economy|
Edward Janowski: Stimulus is short-lived; reduce barriers to market growth.
Augustus Invictus: Fight for balanced budget & against Federal Reserve.
David Jolly: Balance the budget: morally bound and for national security.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: As Lt. Governor: focus on job creation and tax reduction.
David Jolly: We've doubled our national debt in the last 8 years.
Bill Nelson: Budget sequestration avoided national default.
Charlie Crist: OpEd: As incumbent, blamed for Florida's weak economy.
Kendrick Meek: Grow the economy rather than applying ideology.
Charlie Crist: Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare.
Kendrick Meek: For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts.
Charlie Crist: $8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida.
Marco Rubio: Oppose Obama stimulus package; it's bad for America.
Betty Castor: No tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits.
Mel Martinez: Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit.
Edward Janowski: Focus on corporate benefits for same-sex couples.
Marco Rubio: Men's bathrooms are for men & women's bathrooms for women.
Augustus Invictus: Who one marries is not the concern of the Government.
Pam Keith: Racists are sad aberrations, but they still exist.
Charlie Crist: Opposed gay adoption; then praised Court overturning ban.
Charlie Crist: Lifetime member of NAACP.
Betty Castor: Support basic protections for gay couples, but not marriage.
Mel Martinez: Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Marco Rubio: Businesses need certainty to commit to hiring new workers.
Marco Rubio: Work across the aisle to make America more business-friendly.
Edward Janowski: Enforce existing sentences; eliminate other crimes.
Charlie Crist: Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs.
Edward Janowski: Ridiculous to consider marijuana a gateway drug.
Marco Rubio: Prove medical benefits to FDA before legalizing marijuana.
Patrick Murphy: Let states decide marijuana legalization.
Alan Grayson: Exempt high-CBD/low-THC medical marijuana from Drug War.
Patrick Murphy: Protect people complying with state marijuana laws from feds.
Augustus Invictus: Abolishing the DEA is a start to end war on drugs.
Edward Janowski: Vouchers are regularly abused due to lack of oversight.
Patrick Murphy: Quality public education is best way to grow middle class.
Augustus Invictus: Enemy of Common Core and No Child Left Behind.
Energy & Oil|
Edward Janowski: Strong supporter of green energy.
Augustus Invictus: Find alternatives to dependence on foreign energy sources.
David Jolly: I support offshore drilling, but not off Florida's coasts.
Ron DeSantis: No delay on Keystone pipeline for security & safety study.
Charlie Crist: Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions.
Betty Castor: We won’t solve this problem with more drilling.
Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling.
Rick Scott: OpEd: Protestors blame Scott for red tide algae bloom.
Rick Scott: Repealed mandatory septic tank inspection & cut state DEP.
Rick Scott: Emergency $9M to cope with red tide algae bloom.
Bill Nelson: Lake Okeechobee water is murky, but it's a state issue.
Rick Scott: Lake Okeechobee water is murky, but it's a federal issue.
Edward Janowski: Rein in EPA along with other bureaucracies.
Patrick Murphy: Vital to Florida's future that we protect our environment.
Augustus Invictus: Respecting environment over business is a must.
Connie Mack IV: Criticizes agricultural tax breaks for grazing land.
Edward Janowski: Support American Exceptionalism.
Pam Keith: Don't live by fear; we're the most bad-ass nation.
Pam Keith: Born in Turkey; lived outside US for 9 years.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Defend democracy in Cuba, Venezuela, & Israel.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: After Cuban "normalization," more beatings & more oppression.
David Jolly: Help create stability in regions where there is none.
Bill Nelson: Keep the Cuban embargo, but let family members travel.
Connie Mack IV: Keep the Cuban embargo until Cuba is a free democracy.
Betty Castor: Bush’s travel restrictions to Cuba are wrong.
Edward Janowski: Trade deals not balanced for US but favor global economy.
David Jolly: Yes to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track.
Ron DeSantis: No to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track.
Patrick Murphy: Yes to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track.
Bill Nelson: Russians penetrating our elections, but details classified.
Edward Janowski: Voter ID system to end election fraud.
David Jolly: OpEd AdWatch: Worked for lobbyists associated with Pakistan.
George LeMieux: Opposed thousands of earmarks during time in Senate.
Edward Janowski: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Rick Scott: Don't ban AR-15s; fully automatic weapons already illegal.
Patrick Murphy: Expand background checks; bar people on watch lists.
Augustus Invictus: Wants restoration of the Second Amendment.
Patrick Murphy: No civilian access to military-style assault weapons.
Patrick Murphy: More background checks: close the terrorist gun loophole.
Edward Janowski: Dismantle ObamaCare, for personal sovereignty & cost too.
Patrick Murphy: We can improve ObamaCare, but it has hugely positive impact.
Connie Mack IV: ObamaCare cuts $700 billion out of your Medicare.
Connie Mack IV: Repeal ObamaCare but preserve pre-existing condition rule.
Charlie Crist: Cover Florida: 6,000 uninsured given peace of mind.
Charlie Crist: Get waste & fraud out of Medicare so program will survive.
Marco Rubio: Provide alternatives to employer-based insurance system.
Betty Castor: Fight for a meaningful prescription drug plan.
Mel Martinez: Support Bush’s plan to provide prescription drug benefits.
Betty Castor: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Edward Janowski: Expand military to provide jobs and education.
Augustus Invictus: Non-interventionism & no unconditional support to Israel.
Pam Keith: My military service exposed me to issues that we face.
Patrick Murphy: Voted with GOP for DoD bill that Obama vetoed.
Alan Grayson: Opposed $607 billion national defense bill.
Ann Kirkpatrick: Voted with GOP for DoD bill that Obama vetoed.
Connie Mack IV: Budget sequestration guts our military.
Charlie Crist: Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked.
Marco Rubio: No evidence to change policy of don't ask, don't tell.
Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft.
Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary.
Alan Grayson: Allow administrative amnesty to some illegal aliens.
Edward Janowski: Pathway to citizenship for some, to work thru quagmire.
Augustus Invictus: Screen immigrants for status and ISIS connections.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: FactCheck: Supports E-Verify, but not racial profiling.
Bill Nelson: Path to citizenship with fines & English proficiency.
Connie Mack IV: No amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Marco Rubio: AZ law may unreasonably single out some citizens.
Marco Rubio: Don't count illegal immigrants in the 2010 census.
Charlie Crist: Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line.
Marco Rubio: Allow children of illegals to pay in-state college tuition.
Marco Rubio: No amnesty in any form, not even back-of-the-line.
Betty Castor: Expedite citizenship for legal immigrants on active duty.
Mel Martinez: Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Edward Janowski: No affirmative action; no quotas.
Principles & Values|
Edward Janowski: Keep "God" on public buildings, as done historically.
Augustus Invictus: Libertarians are the party of peace & party of principle.
Patrick Murphy: OpEd: Angry black women should oppose party-choice Murphy.
Patrick Murphy: Former Republican; FL's most conservative House Democrat.
Connie Mack IV: GOP debates only help Democrats.
Connie Mack IV: Son of Senator; husband of Congresswoman.
George LeMieux: Kept his promise not run for re-election after appointment.
Charlie Crist: I would have left GOP anyway; they're too extreme.
Charlie Crist: We need open-mindedness in a Senator, not ideology.
Marco Rubio: Fundraised via "Floridians for Conservative Leadership".
Marco Rubio: Repaid Florida GOP for overspending on party credit card.
Marco Rubio: Home purchases funded by very GOP-friendly bank boards.
Marco Rubio: As Speaker, passed 57 of "100 Innovative Ideas".
Charlie Crist: In Rubio's $600,000 slush fund only $4000 went to candidates.
Charlie Crist: Problem solving requires consensus, and sometimes concession.
Marco Rubio: Without America, the world would be a worse place.
Marco Rubio: $600,000 fund was not taxpayer money, & is fully accounted.
Marco Rubio: Attended 15-20 Tea Party events; but not formally vetted.
Marco Rubio: Are Floridians better off than they were four years ago? No!
Bob Smith: Only one in this race with real-world experience.
Marco Rubio: God does not love America more than Belgium.
Edward Janowski: Privatizing is idiotic; it puts profits before people.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare.
David Jolly: FactCheck: Discuss private accounts & other options too.
Charlie Crist: Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income.
Marco Rubio: Raise retirement age for those now under 55.
Charlie Crist: Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA.
Marco Rubio: Tough choices include raising retirement age & reducing COLA.
Charlie Crist: Don't raise retirement age; don't adjust COLA.
Marco Rubio: Hard choices for people under 40, to avoid runaway growth.
Marco Rubio: Keep raising the retirement age on the table.
Marco Rubio: Keep cost-of-living adjustment on the table.
Betty Castor: Oppose privatizing Social Security and retirement age change.
Mel Martinez: Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency.
Betty Castor: Privatizing Social Security will reduce benefits.
Betty Castor: Oppose investing Social Security in the stock market.
Mel Martinez: Allow people to invest in a private account.
Edward Janowski: Remove loopholes and establish a flat tax.
Connie Mack IV: Litmus test: Voting for higher taxes means it's time to go.
Charlie Crist: Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later.
Kendrick Meek: Bush tax cuts killed surpluses; no more trickle-down.
Marco Rubio: No one should pay higher taxes in recession, not even top 2%.
Marco Rubio: Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners.
Charlie Crist: Extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Marco Rubio: 2000: $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund Marlins stadium.
Charlie Crist: Reduce the tax brackets to let private enterprise flourish.
Charlie Crist: 2006: Pledged no taxes; 2009: $2.2B in fees on 16M people.
Marco Rubio: Proposed to replace property taxes with state sales tax.
Marco Rubio: Pledged to never raise taxes as state rep.
Betty Castor: Tax cuts must reward people who work hard for a living.
Mel Martinez: Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth.
Augustus Invictus: Subsidies to ISPs are the internet's real problem.
War & Peace|
Edward Janowski: Support UN action on disputes, instead of CIA decisions.
Patrick Murphy: Air strikes against ISIS but no ground troops.
Augustus Invictus: Our foreign policies are interventionist.
David Jolly: Cancel Obama's Iran agreement and keep sanctions.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: No nuclear deal with Iran; support preemptive strike.
Kendrick Meek: Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts.
Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information.
Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary.
Betty Castor: Finish the job in Iraq, repair relations with other nations.
Mel Martinez: Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD.
Welfare & Poverty|
Betty Castor: Raising minimum wage will help.
Mel Martinez: A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty.