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)
Gary Johnson: Personal aversion but recognizes as law of the land.
Martin Heinrich: Legal without restrictions, including Planned Parenthood.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Support Planned Parenthood; support employer contraceptives.
Mick Rich: Life begins at conception; de-fund Planned Parenthood.
Steve Pearce: Ban abortion after 20 weeks; de-fund Planned Parenthood.
Mick Rich: Sees abortion as a divisive tragedy that must be stopped.
Mick Rich: Abortion rips the moral fabric of our nation.
Joe Cervantes: Fund abortion organizations; some parental notification.
Budget & Economy|
Gary Johnson: Cut government spending by 20%.
Gary Johnson: Cut taxes and cut spending.
Martin Heinrich: Measure distribution of growth, not just overall GDP growth.
Jeff Apodaca: Build international film school in Santa Fe.
Mick Rich: Government red tape destroys job growth.
Jeff Apodaca: State reserves can prime pump for new jobs.
Jeff Apodaca: Use state reserves to boost economy.
Joe Cervantes: State funding for job training, infrastructure, & some homes.
Susana Martinez: Post-stimulus, balanced the budget without raising taxes.
Bill Richardson: Hiring freeze & 7% budget cut in state agencies.
Bill Richardson: Grow the trade link to Mexico and attract Hollywood business.
Dennis Kucinich: Steel, automotive, and shipping are critical to US economy.
Dick Gephardt: I led 1990s boom-I can get economy moving again.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Supports marriage equality.
Steve Pearce: Opposes gay marriage but accepts it as settled law.
Mick Rich: Public leaders need to set example to help diffuse racism.
Susana Martinez: People should vote on gay marriage, not leave it to Court.
Joe Cervantes: Civil unions ok; same-sex marriage ok.
Hector Balderas: Absolutely supports gay marriage.
Bill Richardson: Extend Domestic Partnership rights as anti-discrimination.
Bill Richardson: Let gay and lesbian servicemembers serve openly.
Carol Moseley-Braun: “Sticky floor” pay gap for women still persists.
Dick Gephardt: We’re all in it together.
Howard Dean: Profiling doesn’t work.
Gary Johnson: No affirmative action in college admissions nor state jobs.
Gary Johnson: Scrap Dodd-Frank and CFPB consumer protections.
Martin Heinrich: Fund Dodd-Frank and CFPB consumer protections.
Mick Rich: Roll back Dodd-Frank and CFPB consumer protections.
Steve Pearce: Trump tax cuts are a shot in the arm to manufacturers.
Joe Cervantes: Celebrate small business to create job opportunities.
Joe Cervantes: Corporate tax cuts failed to create jobs.
Mick Rich: Less government oversight but more federal funding.
Susana Martinez: Expand "angel investor" tax credit: help fund new companies.
Susana Martinez: Exempt small business from gross receipts tax.
Dennis Kucinich: Iraq: no more Halliburton sweetheart deals.
Susana Martinez: Increase penalties for many crimes.
Joe Cervantes: Underfunding, lack of reform leads to more crime.
Susana Martinez: Collect DNA from felons.
Susana Martinez: Do away with bail for dangerous criminals.
Susana Martinez: Beef up three strikes law, allow for curfews.
Susana Martinez: Mandatory prison time for child abuse.
Bill Richardson: Toughened DWI and sex offender laws.
Bill Richardson: Domestic violence incidents start with drinking.
John Sanchez: Reduce age for prosecuting youth offenders from 15 to 13.
Martin Heinrich: It's time to legalize marijuana.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Supports medical marijuana and recreational legalization.
Mick Rich: Opposes legalizing recreational use.
Steve Pearce: Opposes recreational marijuana.
Jeff Apodaca: Legal pot, in-state tourism can boost economy.
Steve Pearce: Questions Colorado's model on pot legalization.
Joe Cervantes: Look into pot decriminalization.
Mick Rich: Ending illegal drugs crossing the border will be #1 priority.
Susana Martinez: Crack down on repeat drunk drivers.
Bill Richardson: Crack down on illegal drug labs.
Gary Johnson: Competition improves choices.
Gary Johnson: Cut Pell grants; eliminate all student loans.
Martin Heinrich: Privatization especially hurts rural schools.
Martin Heinrich: Address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Supports universal pre-K; opposes school vouchers.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Expand Pell Grants; lower student loan interest.
Mick Rich: Supports vouchers, savings accounts, & scholarship programs.
Mick Rich: Let Pell grants cover job training.
Steve Pearce: Vouchers break link of low-income & low-quality schools.
Steve Pearce: Cut Pell Grants; no more tax money for colleges.
Steve Pearce: Competition through choice helps schools.
Jeff Apodaca: Make state's Pre-K a year-round program.
Joe Cervantes: Emphasis on testing misguided.
Joe Cervantes: Expand pre-K to all students.
Susana Martinez: Prioritize reading in early education.
Susana Martinez: Change higher education system to boost graduation rates.
Gary King: School report cards OK if resources go to low-score schools.
Susana Martinez: $97M to improve our local schools; invest in reform.
Susana Martinez: $17M for reading reforms; don't pass failing kids.
Susana Martinez: Kids First, New Mexico Wins: 4 key initiatives.
Bill Richardson: Equip every 7th grader with a laptop computer.
Bill Richardson: Increase the salary of school teachers.
Bill Richardson: A plan that can reach straightforward education goals.
Bill Richardson: Charter schools show tremendous promise.
Bill Richardson: Expand the lottery scholarship program for college students.
John Edwards: Two school systems: one for the have’s, one for have-not’s.
Gary Johnson: Favors charter schools as one priority to improve education.
Energy & Oil|
Gary Johnson: Humans contribute to climate change, but no government role.
Martin Heinrich: Moral obligation to prevent devastating climate change.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Limit greenhouse gases, lead on renewable energy.
Mick Rich: Coal plant filters can solve CO2 emissions without subsidies.
Steve Pearce: No one believes the crap about climate change.
Jeff Apodaca: Fracking ok for now; move away from oil & gas over time.
Mick Rich: Support oil & gas industry for fuel independence.
Mick Rich: Protected public lands could be a source of energy and jobs.
Steve Pearce: Must include fossil fuels as well as green energy.
Mick Rich: Make public lands accessible for energy production.
Jeff Apodaca: Old and new energy industries must adapt.
Jeff Apodaca: Solar power will bring money & jobs.
Joe Cervantes: Research snd develop renewable energy.
Susana Martinez: Diversify so we're not at mercy of federal government.
Allen Weh: Explore every potential energy source, including oil & gas.
Susana Martinez: Eliminate gross receipts tax on locomotive fuels.
Susana Martinez: Cap-and-Tax does not move us toward a cleaner environment.
Bill Richardson: Green Jobs Cabinet: lead renewable energy export.
Bill Richardson: $6M for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Invest in environmental technology.
Dick Gephardt: Apollo 2: Make US independent of foreign oil.
Gary King: Encourage cleaner burning fuels via tough standards.
Gary Johnson: EPA has an important role to play.
Martin Heinrich: EPA needed to protect health & well-being.
Mick Rich: Environment is fragile, but businesses are overregulated.
Mick Rich: Cost-benefit analyses for environmental improvement projects.
Steve Pearce: Burdensome regulations kill jobs, like logging industry.
Mick Rich: Wants commercial use of natural resources on federal lands.
Mick Rich: Protects environment with sustainable construction.
Allen Weh: Balance between conservation and welfare of human beings.
Gary King: Promote New Mexico tourism: 'Stay another day'.
Joe Cervantes: Open space preservation & comprehensive water management.
Susana Martinez: $3.3M in fines from those who break environmental rules.
Bill Richardson: Expand and create new state parks.
Bill Richardson: Develop a comprehensive water management plan.
Gary King: More recycling; more water & wildlife conservation.
Families & Children|
Martin Heinrich: Early supporter of gay marriage.
Jeff Apodaca: New jobs must come with sick leave & child care.
Mick Rich: Vote for opportunities to build jobs and help families.
Susana Martinez: Each image of child porn should count as its own crime.
John Kerry: Fund Head Start to leave no child behind.
Allen Weh: Jihadi terrorists are face of evil that threatens our nation.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Reach out to our hemisphere instead of pandering to fear.
Dick Gephardt: Bush broke up alliances built over 70 years.
John Edwards: Need multilateral solutions for world’s problems.
Gary Johnson: Tariffs hurt U.S. industries.
Martin Heinrich: Tariffs are sledgehammer where surgical approach needed.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Opposes tariffs & short-sighted trade war.
Mick Rich: Current trade with China is not fair;impose tariffs.
Steve Pearce: Opposes tariffs because they hurt our businesses.
Mick Rich: Aluminum & steel tariffs are a way to cut a better deal.
Jeff Apodaca: Supports possibility of trade with southern neighbor.
Joe Cervantes: The border with Mexico is one of our state's greatest assets.
Dennis Kucinich: First act as president will be to cancel NAFTA.
Dennis Kucinich: Need specific worker rights written into trade agreements.
Dennis Kucinich: Companies profit from trade based on Third World misery.
Dick Gephardt: Race to the bottom if we have no trade standards.
Howard Dean: Free trade based on labor and environmental standards.
John Edwards: National venture capital fund for those hurt by trade.
John Kerry: FTAA needs more labor and environmental standards.
John Kerry: Fix NAFTA-canceling it would be disastrous.
Joseph Lieberman: Bush Recession will become Dean Depression.
Joseph Lieberman: I’m for fair trade for the Americas.
Gary Johnson: Let corporations donate as much money as they want.
Gary Johnson: Voter ID disproportionately restricts Hispanic voters.
Martin Heinrich: Overturn Citizens United via Democracy for All Amendment.
Martin Heinrich: Voter ID disproportionately affects minority communities.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Reveal political donors; reverse Citizens United.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: No voter ID laws; no purging of voter rolls.
Steve Pearce: Supports Citizens United.
Steve Pearce: Supports voter ID laws.
Mick Rich: The government is killing our jobs with regulations.
Allen Weh: Political spending is free speech: don't limit it.
Gary Johnson: New SuperPAC, "Our America PAC", for principled candidates.
Tom Udall: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
Joe Cervantes: No voter ID; yes prohibit legislators from lobbying.
Susana Martinez: Lead by example: eliminate governor's chef & cut salaries.
Susana Martinez: Close revolving door: no lobbying for 2 years after office.
Susana Martinez: Moratorium on state car purchases; sell the state luxury jet.
Susana Martinez: Pay-to-play is a crime, not an ethical dilemma.
Bill Richardson: Whistleblower protections, & ban corporate donations.
Joe Cervantes: Open up legislative committee meetings to public.
Bill Richardson: Focus on eliminating waste and fraud from public spending.
Gary Johnson: No limits on corporate or PAC campaign donations.
Gary King: Spending limits on political campaigns, & state funding.
Gary Johnson: More gun laws make us less safe.
Martin Heinrich: Ban bump stocks; ban sales to federal no-fly list.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Strengthen background checks; ban assault weapons.
Mick Rich: No restrictions on semi-automatic weapons nor silencers.
Steve Pearce: I don't think Gun Control legislation works.
Mick Rich: Background checks on all firearm purchases, no exceptions.
Mick Rich: Supports 2nd Amendment rights including "assault rifles".
Mick Rich: 2nd Amendment is a God-given right.
Steve Pearce: Allow concealed guns across state lines.
Gary King: Keep existing gun restrictions; allow concealed carry.
Gary Johnson: Free-market approach to health coverage instead of ObamaCare.
Martin Heinrich: No Medicare work rules; support ObamaCare.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Support ObamaCare; keep Medicaid without work requirement.
Mick Rich: Restore a free-market approach to health insurance.
Steve Pearce: Repeal & replace ObamaCare; no Medicaid without work.
Mick Rich: Allow insurance plans to be sold across state lines.
Mick Rich: Wants to replace Obama Care with free market insurance.
Steve Pearce: Repeal & replace ObamaCare.
Mick Rich: Reinstate free market model for health insurance.
Jeff Apodaca: Import foreign generic drugs to lower costs.
Allen Weh: The IRS should not supervise ObamaCare.
Joe Cervantes: Supports individual mandate and universal coverage.
Susana Martinez: $45M more in Medicaid; $8M more for nursing homes.
Bill Richardson: Secure lower prescription drug costs for seniors.
Bill Richardson: Focus on raising childhood immunization rates.
Bill Richardson: Increase access to affordable health care.
Bill Richardson: Consolidate mental health and substance abuse therapy needs.
Bill Richardson: Restrain Medicaid costs and maintain benefits.
Bob Graham: Step-by-step common sense will reduce uninsured.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Single payer is only way to universal coverage.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Replace profit-driven system with rationalized quality care.
Carol Moseley-Braun: We can fund health care with no tax increase.
Dennis Kucinich: Health is a right, not a privilege.
Dennis Kucinich: Take profit motive out of health care.
Howard Dean: Join every other industrialized country on health care.
John Edwards: Children First: insure every child, by law.
John Edwards: Cover 3m Hispanic kids & have National Translation Center.
Joseph Lieberman: Too large health programs will force tax increases.
Joseph Lieberman: Medi-Kids: guaranteed care until age 25.
Gary King: State funds for pre-natal care, basic care, and managed care.
Mick Rich: Military & 1st responders deserve best training & equipment.
Mick Rich: Department of Veteran Affairs is a shameful failure.
Steve Pearce: Our military must be second to none.
Mick Rich: Strong military is essential for our protection.
Allen Weh: AdWatch: ISIL terrorist is face of evil that threatens us.
Allen Weh: Oxymoron to cut military spending while al-Qaeda is growing.
Susana Martinez: Provide more jobs & build more cemeteries for veterans.
Susana Martinez: $1,000 tax credit for hiring returning veterans.
John Kerry: No new generation of nuclear weapons.
John Kerry: Automatic citizenship to immigrants who serves in army.
Martin Heinrich: Tough but fair path to earned citizenship, including DACA.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Supports earned path to citizenship for DREAMers and others.
Mick Rich: Illegals must leave & apply for citizenship like anyone.
Steve Pearce: Supports earned path to citizenship over a 10-year period.
Mick Rich: New policy on applicant merit, not family relationships.
Jeff Apodaca: We're not deporting DACA kids or any other kids.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Fight funding the border wall; advocate for DREAMers.
Mick Rich: We can only accept so many immigrants, but let's negotiate.
Mick Rich: Border Patrol lacks manpower for drug import corridor.
Mick Rich: Wants immigration pattern stopped before considering pathway.
Steve Pearce: Need secure border, but human solutions.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Prohibit local law enforcement from enforcing federal law.
Susana Martinez: Stop giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.
Joe Cervantes: Yes in-state tuition for illegals; but no to driver licenses.
John Sanchez: Combat employment of illegals, after caught doing so.
Martin Heinrich: Arizona anti-immigrant law is racial profiling.
Martin Heinrich: Arizona anti-immigrant law is racial profiling.
Bill Richardson: Driver’s license for illegals helps public safety.
Bob Graham: Earned Amnesty for undocumented workers.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Amnesty & driver’s licenses for undocumented workers.
Dennis Kucinich: Extend our arms to world-immigrant amnesty and more.
Dick Gephardt: Legalize all immigrants who’ve been productive for 5 years.
Dick Gephardt: Bush tax plan is a failure-return to Clinton tax plan.
Howard Dean: The Americas are more important than War on Terror.
John Edwards: Hard working immigrants earn right to citizenship.
John Kerry: Amnesty to anyone here over 5 or 6 years.
Joseph Lieberman: Unacceptable to allow Mexicans to die trying to immigrate.
Joseph Lieberman: Bush uses 9/11 as an excuse to avoid immigration reform.
Gary Johnson: Eliminate federal minimum wage instead of raising it.
Martin Heinrich: Raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Opposes right-to-work law (supports unions).
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Raise minimum wage to $10 now & $12 later.
Mick Rich: Remove regulations that discourage hiring, like minimum wage.
Steve Pearce: Enact right-to-work law (no automatic union dues).
Steve Pearce: Raising minimum wage hurts small businesses.
Jeff Apodaca: Turn New Mexico around: equal pay for women.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Increase minimum wage to $10 and then higher in the future.
Susana Martinez: Vetoed minimum wage law; it would kill jobs.
Jeff Apodaca: Raise minimum wage, starting at $10.
Tom Udall: AdWatch: Protect jobs at military bases & national labs.
Gary King: Increase minimum wage & whole economy will do better.
Susana Martinez: Cover some salary when businesses hire unemployed workers.
Bill Richardson: Film industry initiatives create jobs.
Bob Graham: Repeal Bush tax cuts that went to top earners.
Bob Graham: Need national program to rebuild infrastructure.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Rebuild schools, roads, & bridges.
Dennis Kucinich: Rebuild infrastructure with a program like FDR’s WPA.
Howard Dean: We’re exporting jobs if we trade with no labor standards.
Howard Dean: Invest in small businesses & renewable energy.
John Kerry: Jump start jobs at home via energy independence.
Susana Martinez: Enhanced film incentives for TV series filmed in NM.
Principles & Values|
Gary Johnson: Endorsed by Rand Paul; asks Dem to drop out of Senate race.
Gary Johnson: Fiscally conservative and socially cool.
Steve Pearce: Biblical values important for government.
Tom Udall: Lost campaigns in 1982 and 1988 before winning in 1998.
Heather Wilson: AdWatch: Third generation Air Force.
Gary Johnson: Some or all of Social Security should be privatized.
Martin Heinrich: Signed Social Security Protectors Pledge.
Allen Weh: Prioritize cuts to fast-growing entitlements.
Susana Martinez: Resolved a $12 billion shortfall in state pension funds.
Martin Heinrich: Trump tax cuts do little for working families.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Trump tax cuts reward the wealthy & special interests.
Mick Rich: Trump tax cuts stimulated investment & job creation.
Jeff Apodaca: Invest $1.4B from NM Permanent Fund in jobs plan.
Mick Rich: Support Trump tax bill; 80% get a pay cut.
Mick Rich: No need for businesses to make decisions based on taxes.
Jeff Apodaca: Failed to pay property taxes for eight consecutive years.
Mick Rich: Low taxes creates job opportunities.
Gary King: AdWatch: Attacked for voting for 1987 tax hike.
Susana Martinez: NM is not under-taxed. revenue enhancements vetoed.
Bill Richardson: Any tax increase must expire in 3 years or less.
Bill Richardson: Continue to cut taxes and reform the tax code.
Bob Graham: Repeal Bush tax cuts that went to top earners.
Howard Dean: People would rather health care than a tax cut.
John Edwards: Tax cuts to working people-stop Bush’s War On Work.
Gary Johnson: Opposes Net Neutrality; government shouldn't regulate.
Martin Heinrich: More federal spending on transportation infrastructure.
Martin Heinrich: Supports Net Neutrality; reverse FCC's repeal.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Supports Net Neutrality: equal access to Internet.
Mick Rich: More federal spending on infrastructure repair.
Steve Pearce: Net Neutrality rules undermine the free market.
Gary Johnson: Left NM with new highways and a billion-dollar surplus.
Mick Rich: Move funds from useless programs to rebuild infrastructure.
Mick Rich: Rebuilding crumbling infrastructure will create employment.
Jeff Apodaca: More investment in infrastructure & aerospace.
Tom Udall: FactCheck: Los Alamos budget stable but Recession cost jobs.
Allen Weh: Joint federal-state grants for water infrastructure projects.
Susana Martinez: Tax credit for high-tech R&D.
Bill Richardson: Allocate capital to education and water projects.
War & Peace|
Steve Pearce: Supports moving forward in Afghanistan.
Allen Weh: Nuclear Iran is unacceptable to Israel and US.
Tom Udall: Chemical weapons are despicable, but avoid Syrian civil war.
Bob Graham: We must support US troops in Iraq.
Bob Graham: Iraq is wrong war & wrong enemy: focus on terror instead.
Bob Graham: Must rebuild alliances to extricate US from Iraq.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Need to exit Iraq & focus on bin Laden.
Dennis Kucinich: End Bush’s blunder: Bring US troops home & bring UN in.
Dick Gephardt: We can’t cut and run in Iraq - but use UN.
Howard Dean: Iraq: Admit we humiliated our allies and get UN help.
Howard Dean: Iraq: Bush lied about al Qaeda, about nukes, and about WMDs.
Howard Dean: Bring US troops home.
John Edwards: Problems in Iraq are because Bush has not led.
John Kerry: Don’t miss 3rd opportunity in Iraq to bring in UN.
John Kerry: Don’t send more US troops to Iraq-share power & share burden.
Joseph Lieberman: Not an inch of difference from Bush on Iraq.
Joseph Lieberman: Purpose of war is to let Iraqis control Iraq.
Joseph Lieberman: Send more US troops to Iraq, with UN force.
Joseph Lieberman: Iraq was a heroic struggle against enemies of civilization.
Welfare & Poverty|
Gary Johnson: Re-negotiate gambling compacts with Native Americans.