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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)

Book Reviews

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CNBC Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
Your Money/Your Vote
First Tier: Ten candidates by polls
Second Tier: Four other Republicans

    Click on a participant to pop-up their full list of quotations
    from CNBC 2015 GOP primary debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ben Carson (8) HUD Secretary
  • Bobby Jindal (11) Louisiana Republican 2016 Presidential candidate
  • Carly Fiorina (12) California SBA Director
  • Chris Christie (8) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump (8) Republican Presidential candidate
  • George Pataki (12) New York Republican presidential candidate
  • Hillary Clinton (1) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Jeb Bush (9) Florida Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • John Kasich (13) Ohio Republican Governor
  • Lindsey Graham (8) South Carolina S.C. Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio (10) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mike Huckabee (6) Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rand Paul (9) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rick Santorum (10) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz (9) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    The CNBC Republican "Your Money/Your Vote" presidential primary debate on Oct. 28, 2015 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The issue that emerged in this debate was the bias of the moderators in asking poorly-considered "gotcha" questions and overriding candidate answers. The candidate campaigns met after this debate to re-define the rules for the future debates, and the Republican National Committee broke its contract with CNBC for another debate in early 2016.
      CNBC moderators:
    1. Becky Quick
    2. Carl Quintanilla
    3. John Harwood
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Bobby Jindal: I'm the only one who actually shrank government.
    Bobby Jindal: $18 trillion debt means economy is running off a cliff.
    Bobby Jindal: Balance budgets by zero-based budgeting; they're not "cuts".
    Carly Fiorina: Institute zero-based budgeting so we know where money goes.
    Donald Trump: Make economy dynamic; bring back jobs from China & Mexico.
    George Pataki: I shrank size of New York state government.
    George Pataki: Fed should get out of market & let rates go up.
    John Kasich: No more silly deals; amendment for Balanced Budget.
    Marco Rubio: We borrow from countries that dislike us.
    Rand Paul: Filibuster against raising the debt limit: enough's enough.
    Rand Paul: We borrow a million dollars a minute: no more debt!
    Rand Paul: Use debt ceiling to force fiscal reform & discipline.
    Rand Paul: Audit the Fed, and prevent the Fed from lobbying against it.
    Rand Paul: Interest rates are simply price of money; keep the Fed out.
    Rick Santorum: 2020 Clear Vision: grow economy without adding to deficit.
    Rick Santorum: I can deliver shrinking the federal government.
    Ted Cruz: Audit the Fed; then end quantitative easing.
Civil Rights
    Ben Carson: Constitution protects gays equally, but not marriage.
    Ted Cruz: Don't empower more lawsuits by demanding equal pay.
    Bobby Jindal: Get rid of both corporate tax and corporate welfare.
    Carly Fiorina: Crony capitalism is alive and well, and leads to socialism.
    Carly Fiorina: At HP, I made tough calls in tough times.
    George Pataki: Wall Street and Washington too close.
    Jeb Bush: We need to lower rates for small business AND big business.
    John Kasich: Worked for Lehman Brothers before the Great Recession.
    John Kasich: FactCheck: Managing Director at Lehman, but not Board member.
    Mike Huckabee: Wall Street executives should have gone to jail in 2008.
    Rick Santorum: Make America #1 in manufacturing, to being back jobs.
    Ted Cruz: Business flat tax of 16%; big business same as small.
    Chris Christie: Police officers are afraid to enforce the law.
    Chris Christie: Justice department should stop picking winners & losers.
    John Kasich: Don't send mixed signals to kids by legalizing.
    Bobby Jindal: Dollars follow the child; parents decide.
    Bobby Jindal: TOPS program: free tuition for good college grades.
    John Kasich: Go after cost drivers in colleges, like sell parking lots.
    Marco Rubio: Why did we stop doing vocational education in America?
Energy & Oil
    Ben Carson: Best policy is to get rid of all subsidies.
    Bobby Jindal: Energy jobs are good-paying jobs, but EPA disallows them.
    Chris Christie: New Jersey used private market to create solar industry.
    Chris Christie: FactCheck: Yes, New Jersey is a solar powerhouse.
    George Pataki: Of course pouring CO2 into atmosphere causes global warming.
    George Pataki: Federal role is to incentivize innovative energy technology.
    John Kasich: Yes, Ohio won with fracking, but we're diversified.
    Lindsey Graham: I'm no scientist, but 90% of them say climate change is real.
Families & Children
    John Kasich: We need to rebuild our families and neighborhoods.
    Rick Santorum: Family means economy; make both strong.
Foreign Policy
    Lindsey Graham: Let China choose: clenched fist or open hand.
Free Trade
    Rick Santorum: Tariffs only hurt working men and women.
    Rick Santorum: Level the playing field by having an Ex-Im Bank like others.
Government Reform
    Ben Carson: Regulations cost small businesses $34,000 per employee.
    Ben Carson: Regulations cost $34,000 per employee, hurting business.
    Bobby Jindal: Cuts to reclaim American dream & end European-type nightmare.
    Carly Fiorina: Corrupt federal bureaucracy works only for well-connected.
    Donald Trump: SuperPACs are a disaster and cause dishonesty.
    Jeb Bush: The left's idea is always to create more government.
    John Kasich: Let states decide how to govern themselves, not DC.
    Marco Rubio: Mainstream media is a SuperPAC for Democrats.
    Rand Paul: Liberty thrives when government is small.
Gun Control
    Donald Trump: Gun-free zones are target practice for sickos.
Health Care
    Ben Carson: Give people the option to opt out of Medicare.
    Carly Fiorina: FactCheck: No evidence of 470,000 failures from ObamaCare.
    Carly Fiorina: Small businesses blame ObamaCare for going out of business.
    Chris Christie: Washington runs healthcare as badly as anything else.
    Jeb Bush: Keep HSAs to encourage savings, as Medicare reform.
    John Kasich: Ohio took Medicaid from 10% to 2.5%.
    Mike Huckabee: Declare war to cure the four biggest chronic diseases.
    Rick Santorum: ObamaCare causes anti-competitive consolidation of insurers.
Homeland Security
    George Pataki: Far more to help our military & help our veterans.
    Lindsey Graham: Problems in V.A. are real; threats to homeland are real.
    Donald Trump: I can get Mexico to pay for border wall; politicians can't.
    Donald Trump: I don't care how they come in, if they come in legally.
    Lindsey Graham: Increase legal immigration because we need workers.
    Lindsey Graham: Those who stay will have to learn our language.
    Marco Rubio: Bar any company abusing H1 visas from future visas.
    Marco Rubio: Change from family-based system to skills-based.
    Rick Santorum: We're flooding the job market with low-wage workers.
    Carly Fiorina: Women lost 92% of jobs; so lift everyone up, women included.
    George Pataki: Honor blue-collar work; skilled builders instead of college.
    Lindsey Graham: We got Boeing in South Carolina because we welcomed them.
    Rick Santorum: I can get American workers on the side of Republican Party.
Principles & Values
    Ben Carson: I had no relationship with Mannatech but I take the product.
    Ben Carson: Don't give away values for the sake of political correctness.
    Bobby Jindal: Save the idea of America before it's too late.
    Carly Fiorina: Nothing has changed despite decades of discussion.
    Donald Trump: I never forgive people who deceive me.
    Donald Trump: I will negotiate until American is great again.
    George Pataki: Limited-government conservative, especially 10th Amendment.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: No evidence Hillary's email server was hacked.
    Jeb Bush: Troubled that we reward people for tearing down our country.
    Jeb Bush: I'll change Washington culture like I changed Tallahassee's.
    John Kasich: Get this country moving again.
    Lindsey Graham: America is already great; make America strong again.
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: Senate attendance comparable to other candidates.
    Marco Rubio: I miss same amount of Senate votes as Obama and McCain did.
    Marco Rubio: The American Dream is the universal dream of a better life.
    Mike Huckabee: I have consistently fought the Clinton machine in Arkansas.
    Mike Huckabee: Candidates don't run for themselves; they run for the future.
    Ted Cruz: I'm not guy to have beer with; I'm the guy to drive you home.
    Ted Cruz: How about talking about the issues, unlike mainstream media.
    Ted Cruz: I've been taking on government and my party.
Social Security
    Carly Fiorina: No Constitutional role for federally set up retirement plans.
    Carly Fiorina: Companies should provide benefits, but don't require any.
    Chris Christie: Cut benefits for people earning over $80,000.
    Chris Christie: Increase the retirement age because people living longer.
    Jeb Bush: Means-testing: wealthiest shouldn't receive same benefits.
    Lindsey Graham: 50% of seniors would be in poverty without Social Security.
    Marco Rubio: No benefits changes for my mom and others of her generation.
    Mike Huckabee: Don't use Social Security Trust Fund to borrow more money.
    Mike Huckabee: Means-testing lets government decide what you deserve.
    Rand Paul: Shifting payroll tax to business helps middle class the most.
    Rand Paul: Gradually raise the age, if we're serious about fixing it.
    Rand Paul: Raise eligibility age; and means-test benefits.
    Ted Cruz: No changes for seniors; personal accounts for young.
Tax Reform
    Ben Carson: Tithing at 15%, plus removing all loopholes & waste.
    Bobby Jindal: Set tax brackets at 25% and 10%, then 2% even for the poor.
    Bobby Jindal: FactCheck: JFK lowered top income tax rate from 91% to 65%.
    Carly Fiorina: Reduce 73,000-page tax code to 3 pages.
    Donald Trump: Cut taxes by $10T but don't increase deficit.
    George Pataki: In NY, I cut taxes with Dem Legislature.
    Jeb Bush: Obama term resulted in $2,300 less in middle class pockets.
    John Kasich: My plan is no fantasy; I moved Ohio from $8B to $2B surplus.
    John Kasich: No taxes on small business; kill the death tax.
    Marco Rubio: My tax reform gives more to lower earners, percentage-wise.
    Rick Santorum: My tax plan reduces taxes for every income bracket.
    Ted Cruz: Eliminate payroll tax, death tax, business tax, and IRS.
    Carly Fiorina: An internet sales tax would mean 400 pages of regulation.
    Chris Christie: Let people play Fantasy Football; who cares?
    George Pataki: We need a cyber-war on North Korea.
    George Pataki: Hillary's email leaked secrets; disqualified from presidency.
    George Pataki: FactCheck: No evidence Hillary's email server was hacked.
    Jeb Bush: Regulate Fantasy Football as gambling, but not federally.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jeb Bush: 6 million more people in poverty during Obama's term.
    John Kasich: Let's reform welfare for rich people as well as poor.
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, 3.7M women became impoverished since 2008.

The above quotations are from CNBC Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
Your Money/Your Vote
First Tier: Ten candidates by polls
Second Tier: Four other Republicans
  • Miami Republican debate, March 10, 2016
  • Miami Democratic debate, March 9, 2016
  • Democratic primary debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016
  • Republican primary debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016
  • CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary., Feb. 25, 2016
  • Democratic and Republican primary Town Hall, on eve of S.C. primary
  • 2016 CNN GOP Town Hall in South Carolina, Feb. 17-18, 2016
  • 2016 CBS News Republican Debate in S.C., Feb. 13, 2016
  • PBS Democratic Primary Debate in Wisconsin, Feb. 11, 2016
  • 2016 ABC News/IJReview Republican Debate in N.H., Feb. 6, 2016
  • MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, Feb. 4, 2016
  • 2016 CNN Democratic Town Hall in N.H., Feb. 3, 2016
  • 2016 Fox News GOP primary debate in Iowa, Jan. 28, 2016
  • 2016 NBC Democratic primary debate, Jan. 17, 2016
  • 2016 Fox Business two-tiered GOP primary debate, Jan. 14, 2016
  • 2015 ABC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, Dec. 19, 2015
  • 2015 CNN Republican primary debate in Nevada, Dec. 15, 2015
  • 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate, Nov. 14, 2015
  • 2015 Fox Business/WSJ two-tiered GOP primary debate, Nov. 10, 2015
  • 2015 CNBC two-tiered GOP primary debate, Oct. 28, 2015
  • 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate, Oct. 13, 2015
  • 2015 CNN two-tiered GOP primary debate, Sept. 16, 2015
  • Red State Gathering, Aug 6-9, 2015
  • 2015 Fox News/Facebook two-tiered GOP primary debate, August 6, 2015
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition "Road to Majority" Policy Conferences, April 25, 2015
  • 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 26-27, 2015
  • Forbes Magazine "Candidates Want You to Know" series, March-June 2015
  • Sunday Political Talk Show interviews, throughout 2015
  • Pre-Iowa caucus political summits, throughout 2015
  • Brennan Center for Justice essays
  • National Journal 2016 series
  • Interviews on 2016 races with OnTheIssues
  • PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series
  • PolitiFact fact-checking on 2016 campaigns
  • Survey of 2016 Presidential campaign websites
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