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)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| 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)
Interviews on 2020 House, Gubernatorial and Senate races with OnTheIssues
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from OnTheIssues interviews with 2020 candidates (number of quotes indicated):
- Al Pisano (20) North Carolina Constitution Party Challenger
- Andrew Straw (9) Disability party candidate for Vermont House Indiana
- Bob Walsh (20) Libertarian Senate Challenger New Mexico
- David Perdue (1) Republican challenger Georgia
- Donald Trump (4) Republican Presidential incumbent
- Joe Biden (6) Democratic V.P.
- Jon Ossoff (2) Democratic Senate challenger Georgia
- Sandy Smith (20) Republican 2020 Senate Challenger North Carolina
- Seth Moulton (1) Massachusetts Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6
- Valencia Stovall (20) Independent challenger for 2-year special election Georgia
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:
We at OnTheIssues.org ask all candidates for answers to our 20 questions in our VoteMatch quiz. The following Senate candidates have responded in detail. Responding to press inquiries like ours shows a level of openness that augurs well for the candidate in office, regardless of party affiliation.
Almost always, the incumbent ignores our requests, indicating that they don't want their constituents to know their issue stances. We track their voting records accordingly, and infer their VoteMatch responses based on those. We also collect up public statements and book excerpts, and include those in our VoteMatch quiz results as well.
Below are the responses from this year's candidates.
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Valencia Stovall: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right.
Bob Walsh: Supports a woman's unrestricted right.
Al Pisano: Abortion is not a woman's unrestricted right.
Sandy Smith: The right to life is the most important right.
Andrew Straw: No abortion for characteristics selection; that's eugenics.
Budget & Economy|
Valencia Stovall: Market-led recovery better than stimulus.
Bob Walsh: Market-led recovery better than stimulus.
Al Pisano: Market-led recovery better than stimulus.
Sandy Smith: We're $22 trillion in debt with no end in sight.
Andrew Straw: I'm a Keynesian; control the money supply.
Andrew Straw: Make corporations easier and cheaper to create and use.
Valencia Stovall: Stricter punishment reduces crime.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, not endorsed by Portland's Sheriff.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, Trump aide said rioting & chaos helps Trump.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Endorsed by 175 law enforcement officials.
Bob Walsh: Stricter punishment doesn't reduce crime.
Al Pisano: No opinion on crime & punishment.
Sandy Smith: Maximum penalty for horrible crimes like murder and rape.
Valencia Stovall: Marijuana is not a gateway drug.
Bob Walsh: Marijuana isn't a gateway drug.
Al Pisano: Marijuana is a gateway drug˙.
Sandy Smith: Let doctors prescribe marijuana, at state level.
Andrew Straw: Complete legalization of marijuana at federal & state level.
Valencia Stovall: Vouchers for school choice.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Attended U.Delaware, not Delaware State HBCU.
Bob Walsh: Supports vouchers for school choice.
Al Pisano: Vouchers for school choice.
Sandy Smith: Vouchers for school choice, at state level.
Energy & Oil|
Valencia Stovall: Prioritize green energy.
Bob Walsh: Don't prioritize green energy.
Al Pisano: Don't prioritize green energy.
Sandy Smith: Let the free market work on green energy.
Valencia Stovall: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
Bob Walsh: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
Al Pisano: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
Sandy Smith: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
Families & Children|
Valencia Stovall: Comfortable with same-sex marriage˙and polygamy.
Bob Walsh: Supports same-sex marriage.
Al Pisano: Opposes same-sex marriage.
Sandy Smith: Supreme Court overstepped by redefining marriage.
Andrew Straw: Make divorce as easy to get as marriage.
Bob Walsh: Opposes American Exceptionalism.
Al Pisano: No opinion on American Exceptionalism˙.
Sandy Smith: Support American Exceptionalism.
Valencia Stovall: Strongly support & expand free trade.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Yes, US has tried "Buy American" for 100 years.
Bob Walsh: Support & expand free trade.
Al Pisano: No opinion on free trade.
Sandy Smith: Expand free trade, but treat U.S. fairly.
Andrew Straw: If unions oppose a trade deal, I do too.
Valencia Stovall: Make voter registration easier.
Jon Ossoff: AdWatch: Fighting corruption is my job; no PAC donations.
Bob Walsh: Make voter registration easier.
Al Pisano: Opposes making voter registration easier.
Joe Biden: 30 years ago, I proposed campaign finance reform.
Sandy Smith: Protect against fraud, waste, & abuse of our voting system.
Valencia Stovall: Right to gun ownership, with background checks.
Bob Walsh: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Al Pisano: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Sandy Smith: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Valencia Stovall: Expand ObamaCare˙with more state & local regulation.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, America has tested less than Europe combined.
David Perdue: Coronavirus numbers projected were supposed to be much worse.
Jon Ossoff: AdWatch: We were left unprepared for the pandemic.
Bob Walsh: Opposes ObamaCare.
Al Pisano: Oppose ObamaCare.
Sandy Smith: Strongly oppose ObamaCare.
Valencia Stovall: Don't expand the military.
Bob Walsh: Don't expand the military.
Al Pisano: No opinion on expanding the military.
Sandy Smith: Obama drastically weakened our great military.
Andrew Straw: Minimum income and benefits for those who served in military.
Valencia Stovall: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.
Bob Walsh: Pathway to citizenship; there are no illegal aliens.
Al Pisano: No opinion on pathway to citizenship.
Sandy Smith: Merit-based immigration; protect American workers first.
Valencia Stovall: Legally require hiring more women/minorities˙.
Bob Walsh: Opposes affirmative action hiring.
Al Pisano: Don't legally require hiring more women/minorities.
Sandy Smith: Free-market capitalism instead of affirmative action.
Principles & Values|
Valencia Stovall: Keep God in the public sphere˙.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: No, only 50% of recent presidents were Ivy league.
Bob Walsh: Separate religion from public sphere.
Al Pisano: Keep God in the public sphere.
Sandy Smith: Keep God in the public sphere.
Andrew Straw: Religious freedom is individual right, not government power.
Valencia Stovall: Privatizing Social Security creates problems & uncertainty.
Bob Walsh: Privatize but Ponzi scheme will fail.
Al Pisano: No opinion on Social Security privatization.
Sandy Smith: Privatize Social Security, with protections.
Valencia Stovall: Higher taxes on the wealthy.
Donald Trump: Fact Check: Claims falsely that Biden would raise all taxes.
Joe Biden: Return top rate to 39.6% from 37%; cap itemized deductions.
Bob Walsh: Lower taxes for the middle class.
Al Pisano: Oppose higher taxes on the wealthy.
Sandy Smith: Tax all Americans fairly at the same rate.
War & Peace|
Valencia Stovall: Avoid foreign entanglements; find peace when necessary.
Bob Walsh: Avoid foreign entanglements.
Al Pisano: Avoid foreign entanglements˙.
Sandy Smith: Avoid foreign entanglements; peace through strength.
Seth Moulton: AdWatch: Don't send troops back to Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
Valencia Stovall: Apply American Exceptionalism to slavery & current inequity.
Andrew Straw: National public housing system is broken.
Click for quotations from other sources by:
- Al Pisano North Carolina Constitution Party Challenger
- Andrew Straw Disability party candidate for Vermont House Indiana
- Bob Walsh Libertarian Senate Challenger New Mexico
- David Perdue Republican challenger Georgia
- Donald Trump Republican Presidential incumbent
- Joe Biden Democratic V.P.
- Jon Ossoff Democratic Senate challenger Georgia
- Sandy Smith Republican 2020 Senate Challenger North Carolina
- Seth Moulton Massachusetts Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6
- Valencia Stovall Independent challenger for 2-year special election Georgia
The above quotations are from Interviews on 2020 House, Gubernatorial and Senate races with OnTheIssues.
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