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)
Mike Braun: Life starts with conception.
Andrew Straw: A fetus has rights; treat abortion like euthanasia.
Andrew Straw: Since 1973, courts allowed parents to kill their children.
Mark Hurt: Against abortion, funding Planned Parenthood.
Mark Hurt: Life is precious; no tax-payer funded abortion.
Jim Banks: Unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life.
Evan Bayh: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood.
John Gregg: Opposed law requiring interring aborted fetuses.
Mike Pence: Periods for Pence: protest against interring aborted fetuses.
Eric Holcomb: Planned Parenthood videos were despicable, but no shutdown.
Joe Donnelly: Abortions only in cases of rape, incest, and maternal life.
Richard Mourdock: No exception for rape; only for maternal life.
Richard Mourdock: No exception for rape, but God doesn't want people raped.
Joe Donnelly: God would never intend for rape to happen.
Richard Mourdock: God at work when rape leads to pregnancy.
Richard Lugar: Government should not have a role in reproductive services.
Richard Mourdock: Government should not have a role in reproductive services.
Mitch Daniels: Signed bill de-funding Planned Parenthood.
Brian Bosma: Voted YES on de-funding Planned Parenthood.
Brad Ellsworth: Taxpayer money ok for abortions.
Mitch Daniels: No stem-cell research; private funds ok for adult stem cells.
Mitch Daniels: Legal abortion for rape, incest, or medical danger.
Budget & Economy|
Mike Braun: Don't pay politicians if they can't pass a budget.
Andrew Straw: Stimulus plus market-led recovery.
Eric Holcomb: $250-million Next Level Indiana Trust Fund.
Eric Holcomb: Tax-and-borrower math will bust us, not lead to prosperity.
Mike Pence: Amend state constitution to require a balanced budget.
Brian Bosma: Reduce government regulations; reduce unemployment benefits.
Richard Lugar: Pass the remarkable House budget plan & extend Bush tax cuts.
Brad Ellsworth: Stimulus legislation prevented going into a depression.
Brad Ellsworth: Voted for bailout, health care law and stimulus bill.
Daniel Coats: Commitment to no new spending unless offset & paid for.
Andrew Straw: Same-sex marriage is none of state's business.
Andrew Straw: Gay marriage bans are like anti-miscegenation laws.
Andrew Straw: Incentives to hire qualified women into management.
Jim Banks: Let businesses express traditional religious values.
Mike Pence: Pro-business environment better for wages than equal pay.
Mike Pence: Opposes pay equity; close wage gap by growing economy.
Joe Donnelly: Protect LGBT Hoosiers from discrimination.
John Gregg: Supports equal pay for equal work.
John Gregg: Civil rights statute should support sexual orientation.
Mike Pence: Civil rights must be balanced with religious freedom.
John Gregg: Supports the legality of gay marriage in Indiana.
Eric Holcomb: Supportive of the LGBT community: zero discrimination.
Mike Pence: Listen to the merits of debate on LGBT rights.
John Gregg: Protect LGBT rights; religious rights are already protected.
Mike Pence: Religious Freedom Act is not about LGBT discrimination.
John Gregg: 2012: No same-sex marriage; 2015: marriage & more for LGBT.
Baron Hill: 2006: Marriage is sacred; 2015: guarantee marriage equality.
Baron Hill: For ENDA & against DADT & in Congress; evolved on marriage.
John Gregg: Hoosiers welcome others inclusively; RFRA is divisive.
John Gregg: Sexual orientation & gender identity are civil rights issues.
Brian Bosma: No civil unions; no gay marriage.
Joe Donnelly: Opposes same sex marriage.
Mitch Daniels: No same-sex marriage nor civil unions.
Mitch Daniels: No affirmative action in public college admissions.
Mike Braun: Lowering taxes is a good start to empowering job creators.
Mark Hurt: Lower corporate rates; simplify taxes.
Eric Holcomb: Make America the global jobs magnet.
Joe Donnelly: Lower corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%.
Joe Donnelly: Challenging auto bailout put 1000s of jobs at risk.
Mitch Daniels: Reduce corporate income tax; cut and cap property tax.
Mike Pence: Corporate tax cuts create jobs & grow economy.
Andrew Straw: In some cases, punishment can reduce crime.
Mark Hurt: One small brick in the wall of justice.
Eric Holcomb: Give prosecutors resources to protect vulnerable seniors.
John Gregg: Adult Protective Services is underfunded and understaffed.
John Gregg: Push community policing through federal COPS resources.
John Gregg: Transparent investigations of deadly force incidents.
Mike Pence: Reduce crime, not penalties for crime.
Brian Bosma: Supports capital punishment, and use of deadly force at home.
Mitch Daniels: Strengthen laws against horrid practice of human trafficking.
Mitch Daniels: Support the death penalty.
Mitch Daniels: Prevent recidivism with vocational training & alternatives.
Andrew Straw: Marijuana is a medicine and nutritious.
Mark Hurt: Crack down on drug dealers.
Mark Hurt: Tougher penalties on those dealing drugs.
Eric Holcomb: Attack epidemic with prevention, treatment & enforcement.
Mike Pence: Indiana will be tough on narcotics and drug dealers.
Mike Pence: Confront the growing epidemic of drug abuse.
John Gregg: Needle exchange helps stop HIV virus.
John Gregg: Legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.
John Gregg: Decriminalize marijuana; that's different than legalizing.
John Gregg: Focus on serious crimes, not minor drug offenses.
Mike Pence: Signed legislation allowing needle exchange.
Mike Pence: Do not legalize: pot is a gateway drug.
John Gregg: Study medical marijuana legalization before legalizing.
Brian Bosma: Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Brian Bosma: Decriminalize marijuana; but no medicinal marijuana.
Andrew Straw: Students can pray in school, but not imposed by teachers.
Andrew Straw: Supports vouchers and more school choices.
Todd Rokita: Against Common Core; for school choice.
Mike Pence: Pro-voucher so parents decide how to educate their kids.
Mike Pence: Incentivize teaching as a career.
Mike Pence: Testing regime needs to be improved.
John Gregg: Totally against Indiana's school voucher program.
Eric Holcomb: Give parents the freedom to choose child's school.
Brian Bosma: Supports vouchers and charter schools.
Joe Donnelly: Pell Grants for low-income students, & lower interest rates.
Richard Mourdock: Transfer federal education role to state & local level.
John Gregg: Teachers must be a part of the education reform conversation.
John Gregg: I am not a fan of vouchers.
Mitch Daniels: End cruel, defeatist practice of passing kids who can't read.
Mitch Daniels: Lift backward-looking limits on charter schools.
Mike Pence: Eliminate "No Child Left Behind" K-12 testing requirements.
Mitch Daniels: Support vouchers for public schools.
Mitch Daniels: Use lottery revenue for free college tuition for two years.
Mitch Daniels: Voluntary prayer in public schools.
Energy & Oil|
Andrew Straw: Support green energy storage technology.
Mark Hurt: Climate change is a global scheme to redistribute wealth.
Mark Hurt: Cost-benefit analysis for measures affecting clean coal.
Evan Bayh: Climate science is unequivocal, but don't hurt business.
Eric Holcomb: Coal reduces our dependency on foreign sources of energy.
Mike Pence: Against Obama's plan to battle climate change.
Mike Pence: All-of-the-above energy strategy instead of EPA over-reach.
Brian Bosma: Develop traditional domestic energy sources.
Joe Donnelly: I opposed cap-and-trade even though Dem leadership pushed it.
John Gregg: Indiana is the Saudi Arabia of coal; use it!
John Gregg: Nuclear plants have safety concerns; not for Indiana.
Richard Lugar: Make all cars "flex-fuel" vehicles.
Richard Mourdock: Oppose ethanol subsidy as a matter of conservative principle.
Richard Mourdock: FactCheck: No, ethanol additive lowers gasoline price.
Richard Mourdock: Ethanol mandates lead to high gas prices.
Richard Lugar: Subsidizing ethanol makes overall gasoline prices go down.
Richard Mourdock: High gas prices come from federal mandates like ethanol.
Brad Ellsworth: Cap-and-trade would put Hoosiers out of work.
Brad Ellsworth: Supports nuclear, solar, & clean coal, but not cap-&-trade.
Daniel Coats: Accused of benefiting as lobbyist from pushing cap-and-trade.
Daniel Coats: Don't pick winners & losers in biofuel; pick nuclear instead.
Mitch Daniels: Make IN a leader in electric vehicles & solar power industry.
Mitch Daniels: Support clean coal as well as alternative energy.
Andrew Straw: EPA should have more power to clean up, not less.
Mark Hurt: Rein in environmental regulations.
John Gregg: Reducing air pollution reduces healthcare costs for decades.
Mike Pence: Veto climate bill compromise by industry & environmentalists.
Eric Holcomb: Stand up to federal government over environmental regulation.
Mike Pence: Signed a bill that allows for more usage of eminent domain.
Brian Bosma: State funding for open space preservation.
Richard Lugar: Ethanol mandates help state corn farmers.
Mitch Daniels: First state to phase in new environmental Clean Air permits.
Families & Children|
Mike Pence: Let parents and doctors decide on HPV vaccinations.
Charlie Hardy: Many parents worry about not providing for their children.
Mike Pence: Adoption is a beautiful way for families to come together.
Todd Rokita: Background checks & FBI screening for every school worker.
Richard Lugar: Government should play no role reproductive health services.
Richard Mourdock: Government should play no role reproductive health services.
Joe Donnelly: Understands Hoosier values of family, faith, and hard work.
Mitch Daniels: Nothing more contemptible than failing to pay child support.
Andrew Straw: USA should encourage our values in UN programs.
Mark Hurt: Security of Israel should be paramount.
Mark Hurt: Slash foreign aid.
Jim Banks: Defend US national interests; disappointed in Iran nuke deal.
Mike Pence: Against agreement with Iran; keep all sanctions.
Eric Holcomb: I want a safer, stronger and freer America, today & tomorrow.
Mike Pence: We're in a global war of civilization against barbarism.
Mike Pence: Russian "reset" is appeasement and invites aggression.
Richard Lugar: Russia is neither friend nor foe; just an important country.
Richard Mourdock: Russia is more foe than friend.
Richard Mourdock: Russia is more foe than friend; they aid our enemies.
Mike Pence: Foreign aid for US security interests & disasters.
Mike Braun: 2016: Voted against clawbacks for moving jobs to Mexico.
Andrew Straw: Adjust NAFTA with 1% tariff to raise Mexican standards.
Eric Holcomb: We're as likely to trade with Germany as with Georgia.
John Gregg: Unified strategy to promote Hoosier brand worldwide.
Luke Messer: Free trade pacts haven't led to free trade.
Todd Rokita: Supports international free trade agreements.
Mike Pence: Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China.
Mike Pence: Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China.
Brad Ellsworth: NAFTA has cost Indiana jobs.
Daniel Coats: Trade barriers would hurt Indiana.
Mike Braun: Replace the swamp with citizen legislators and term limits.
Andrew Straw: Suing government for ballot access for disabled people.
Andrew Straw: Expand voting rights for disabled people.
Mark Hurt: Stop the nefarious practice of omnibus legislation.
Trey Hollingsworth: Politicians should learn to earn money outside of government.
Trey Hollingsworth: I believe in term limits.
John Gregg: Longer voting hours; make registration & mail voting easier.
John Gregg: Voter Participation Plan: expand ID rules & early voting.
Todd Rokita: Voter ID laws increase turnout and never black voters.
Brian Bosma: No limits on PAC contributions; but full disclosure.
Brian Bosma: Require a photo ID in order to vote.
Richard Mourdock: Eliminate cabinet departments DOE, ED, DOC, and HUD.
Mitch Daniels: No limits on individual nor PAC campaign contributions.
Mike Braun: A hunter himself, he's a proud backer of the 2nd Amendment.
Andrew Straw: I support the 2nd Amendment.
Mark Hurt: Guns protect innocent people.
Jim Banks: Right to responsible gun ownership is under attack.
Mike Pence: Gun ownership increases public safety.
John Gregg: I'm a gun-totin', Bible-quotin' Southern Indiana Democrat.
Brian Bosma: Do all I can to protect the 2nd amendment rights.
Daniel Coats: 1991: voted for Brady Bill & background checks.
Mitch Daniels: No background checks; no licenses; yes concealed carry.
Mike Braun: Common sense solutions can offset ObamaCare shortfalls.
Andrew Straw: Expand Medicare incrementally, not via ObamaCare.
Eric Holcomb: Must reduce infant mortality rate.
Mark Hurt: Market forces better than ObamaCare.
Mark Hurt: Funding to alleviate shortage of mental health professionals.
Mark Hurt: Support cross-state competition, not ObamaCare bureaucracy.
Jim Banks: ObamaCare is ill-conceived takeover of healthcare.
Eric Holcomb: New Medicaid waiver for Structured Family Caregiving.
John Gregg: Protect CHOICE program for seniors aging at home.
Eric Holcomb: ObamaCare was the wrong answer to a national problem.
Mike Pence: Healthy Indiana: expand Medicaid but with "skin in the game".
Mike Pence: Medicaid is not just broke, it is broken.
Sam Clovis: Keep ObamaCare rule: kids can stay on parent's plan until 26.
Brian Bosma: Tort reform instead of individual mandate.
Richard Mourdock: No national nor Massachusetts-style health care plan.
Richard Mourdock: ObamaCare makes government bigger.
Richard Mourdock: Tax-deductible health savings accounts for those under 55.
Luke Messer: ObamaCare bad for middle class.
Mitch Daniels: Tort reform; sue HMOs; no guarantees.
Mitch Daniels: INShape plan: insure 130,000 uninsured Hoosiers.
Mike Braun: We need increased military to protect our interests abroad.
Andrew Straw: We spend too much on the military now.
Mike Braun: North Korea & Russian dangers require strong US military.
Mark Hurt: Increase high tech weapons.
Todd Rokita: Project American power around the world to deter aggression.
Mark Hurt: Could support transgender military ban.
Mark Hurt: Strategic increased spending on military weapons systems.
Mark Hurt: Work with countries like Russia & comprehensively fight ISIS.
Jim Banks: Rebuild American greatness; make our military mighty again.
John Gregg: Increase federal vet benefits by 10%, plus state services.
Mike Pence: Supported expanding benefits and opportunities for veterans.
Eric Holcomb: Peace through strength, not peace through hope.
Richard Lugar: So-authored nuclear nonproliferation program 20 years ago.
Joe Donnelly: Focus on fiscal discipline and strong national security.
Mike Pence: Use military tribunals to try suspected terrorists.
Mike Braun: Hard line approach to illegal immigrants: build the wall.
Andrew Straw: Pathway to citizenship, except for felons.
Todd Rokita: Imprison local officials who allow sanctuary cities.
Todd Rokita: Build the wall; oppose sanctuary cities.
Jim Banks: No amnesty; deport criminals; enforce existing laws.
Eric Holcomb: I won't be xenophobic on immigration policy.
Brian Bosma: Local police should enforce federal immigration laws.
Richard Lugar: Yes, voted for DREAM Act, but not for benefits to illegals.
Richard Mourdock: No Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants.
Daniel Coats: Voted for amnesty 26 years ago; against a dozen times since.
Lyndon Johnson: Abolish country-specific discriminatory quotas.
Andrew Straw: In recessions, increase money supply to create jobs.
Andrew Straw: Visas for high-wage jobs; don't export jobs via trade.
Eric Holcomb: Five pillars: 21st century workforce is magnet for jobs.
John Gregg: Focus on living-wage jobs, not on social issues.
Richard Mourdock: Focus on cutting the deficit and creating jobs.
Mitch Daniels: Support Right to Work and Indiana will add jobs faster.
Mike Pence: Miracle on Mt. Baldy: that's the Indiana way.
Principles & Values|
Mike Braun: Use record of what's been done in hometown and statehouse.
Andrew Straw: Ten Commandments are public already; don't impose in court.
Trey Hollingsworth: I believe in Christian family values.
Mike Pence: I'm Christian, conservative, & Republican, in that order.
John Gregg: Calls himself a "gun-totin' Bible-quotin' Democrat".
Eric Holcomb: Proven, passionate solutions-oriented approach.
Mike Pence: Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects religion.
Mike Pence: Indiana & U.S. Constitutions guarantee religious freedom.
Mike Pence: Voted for Carter in 1980 over Reagan but views changed since.
Mike Pence: I was Tea Party before it was cool.
Richard Lugar: OpEd: Lives in Washington DC, no longer in Indiana.
Mitch Daniels: You might dislike my decisions, but things ARE different.
Daniel Coats: YouTube video: "Don't tell Hoosiers I'm a Tar Heel".
Daniel Coats: There's a lot of enthusiasm for change in Washington.
Daniel Coats: Accused of lobbying for whatever issue paid the most money.
Daniel Coats: Accepted lobbying job after adjournment but still in Senate.
Brad Ellsworth: Coats negotiated lobbying job while still a Senator.
Andrew Straw: Too many people rely on SSA to risk losses.
Luke Messer: Use Social Security to restrict aid to illegal immigrants.
Luke Messer: Let retirees earn more.
Eric Holcomb: No mandates to offer retirement plans, but voluntary IRAs ok.
John Gregg: Pledge to always protect & strengthen Social Security system.
Evan Bayh: Raise Social Security age.
Todd Young: Strong support for privatization.
Mike Pence: Personal investment for Social Security retirement.
Matthew Whitaker: No hope that Social Security will be there for future.
Richard Mourdock: Constitution mentions neither Social Security nor Medicare.
Richard Mourdock: Raise the retirement age.
Brad Ellsworth: Don't raise the retirement age; put people to work instead.
Daniel Coats: Save Social Security from itself; increase age & more.
Mike Braun: Pledged never to raise federal taxes, but infrastructure ok.
Andrew Straw: Tax cuts for rich don't help economy if tied up in stocks.
Todd Rokita: Cut taxes, balance budget.
Luke Messer: Tax cuts should lead to growth.
Jim Banks: Estate tax is an anti-growth policy.
Eric Holcomb: Stop funneling Hoosier tax money through federal czars.
Eric Holcomb: Simplifying the 75,000-page tax code would lead to growth.
Mike Pence: Simplify the tax code.
Richard Mourdock: Major tax reforms yes; national sales tax no.
John Gregg: Recommends slashing corporate taxes.
Brad Ellsworth: Take away some of the hundreds of tax breaks & exemptions.
Daniel Coats: Open to the FairTax, but no VAT.
Mitch Daniels: Raising taxes is the worst thing possible in a recession.
Todd Rokita: Gas tax ok for infrastructure improvements.
Mike Braun: Increase gas tax by 10 cents for crumbling infrastructure.
Eric Holcomb: High-tech is key to unlocking 21st century economy.
Eric Holcomb: Invest a little more to keep the Crossroads of America.
John Gregg: $16B for water projects via Infrastructure Bank.
Mike Pence: Invest in our roads and ports, but without raising taxes.
John Gregg: Roads and infrastructure are a priority.
Mike Pence: Riverboat gambling ok, but no electronic wagering.
Richard Mourdock: Space program is not in Constitution, but I support it.
Mitch Daniels: Invest $1.2 billion in Hoosier Heartland Corridor and US31.
Mitch Daniels: Supports internet sales tax.
War & Peace|
Andrew Straw: Treaties with allies instead of empire-building attitudes.
Mike Braun: Defeat ISIS terrorists where they live.
Mark Hurt: Strengthen military to deal with Iran.
Luke Messer: Get tough with North Korea.
Mark Hurt: We lost allies' respect, enabling rise of extreme ideologies.
Jim Banks: Military sanctions against Iran.
Eric Holcomb: Iran funds terrorism; no nuclear deal.
Richard Lugar: US is not going to have troops in Afghanistan indefinitely.
Richard Mourdock: Inexcusable failure to withdraw from Iraq.
Richard Mourdock: inexcusable failure to turn tail & run in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
Mike Pence: Faith-based community gives us hope for new opportunities.