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)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Bill de Blasio: Fight defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Marianne Williamson: Resist any effort to restrict or limit reproductive rights.
Andrew Yang: Support a woman's right to choose, including contraception.
Budget & Economy|
Howie Hawkins: Socialize big banks; manage the national currency.
Howie Hawkins: Reparations for African-Americans slavery.
Bill de Blasio: NYC Unity Project: invest in LGBTQ youth.
Mike Gravel: $30 billion per year for National Reparations Trust Fund.
Mike Gravel: Include sexual orientation & gender identity as civil rights.
Marianne Williamson: Expand LGBTQ rights to end discrimination.
Marianne Williamson: $200 billion for reparations for slavery.
Howie Hawkins: Capitalists exploit workers and thwart democracy.
Mike Gravel: Use antitrust authority to break up large businesses.
Mike Gravel: Re-establish public banking services within post offices.
Andrew Yang: Same tax rate on capital gains as on earned income.
Howie Hawkins: End the carceral surveillance state.
Bill de Blasio: Close Rikers; develop alternatives to incarceration.
Bill de Blasio: Ban solitary confinement for youth; reduce it for adults.
John Delaney: End cash bail; end mandatory minimums; end death penalty.
Mike Gravel: Decriminalize all commercial sex work.
Mike Gravel: Ban cash bail: it only benefits the rich.
Mike Gravel: No one deserves to be put to death by the state.
Marianne Williamson: New Department for domestic violence prevention efforts.
Andrew Yang: Replace mass incarceration with social programs.
Andrew Yang: Body cameras for every police officer.
Julian Castro: We must face police violence against minorities.
Howie Hawkins: Big Pharma pushes addictive opioids for profit.
John Delaney: Remove marijuana from Schedule I; remake guidelines.
Mike Gravel: Legalize & regulate all drugs, including opioids.
Andrew Yang: War on Drugs has not worked: treatment instead of punishment.
Andrew Yang: Full legalization of marijuana; expunge federal convictions.
Andrew Yang: Decriminalize small quantities of opioid use and possession.
Howie Hawkins: Free public education from pre-K through college.
Eric Swalwell: Future Forum: focus on college affordability & student debt.
Eric Swalwell: World-class modern schoolhouses, regardless of ZIP Code.
Mike Gravel: Delink property taxes to equalize education funding.
Mike Gravel: Student Debt Jubilee: one-time government debt forgiveness.
Marianne Williamson: Universal pre-school; more teacher retention programs.
Marianne Williamson: Free college via public service; and student loan amnesty.
Andrew Yang: Improving teacher salaries improves student success.
Andrew Yang: Require colleges to cut administrative costs.
Energy & Oil|
Howie Hawkins: Socialize Big Oil; reinvest in renewables.
Seth Moulton: Green New Deal addresses climate change AND changed economy.
Mike Gravel: Support carbon tax and Green New Deal.
Marianne Williamson: Green energy instead of coal, fracking, and nuclear.
Marianne Williamson: Put a price on carbon to send a sustained market signal.
Marianne Williamson: Supports Green New Deal and green jobs program.
Andrew Yang: Invest heavily in carbon capture and geoengineering.
Andrew Yang: Carbon tax: internalize the cost of carbon emissions.
Howie Hawkins: Environmental collapse follows from capitalist system.
Mike Gravel: Eliminate all single-use plastics.
Marianne Williamson: EPA head shouldn't be from chemical or oil industry.
Andrew Yang: Nuclear isn't perfect, but it's a solid solution for now.
John Kasich: Properly balance environmental stewardship and job creation.
John Kasich: Eliminate NOAA; let DOI safeguard natural resources.
Families & Children|
Bill de Blasio: Expand mental health services at youth and runaway shelters.
Bill de Blasio: $7 million program to hold domestic abusers accountable.
Marianne Williamson: Maternity/paternity leave; free prenatal care and childcare.
Andrew Yang: Who you love and how you love are up to you.
Andrew Yang: Include family counseling in federal healthcare plans.
Andrew Yang: All other advanced countries have paid family leave policy.
Howie Hawkins: Oppose US military intervention for regime change.
Seth Moulton: Build a Pacific NATO & rebuild existing alliances.
Mike Gravel: No "America alone": re-engage with multilateral institutions.
Mike Gravel: Referendum on Puerto Rico statehood.
Marianne Williamson: Make peace with our neighbors, instead of using brute force.
Andrew Yang: Be very judicious about projecting force.
Andrew Yang: Strengthen alliances such as NATO; reinvest in diplomacy.
Andrew Yang: Puerto Rican statehood is overdue step toward equality.
Howie Hawkins: Voter suppression policies need to be reversed.
Mike Gravel: Replace Electoral College with direct election of President.
Mike Gravel: Ranked choice voting replaces "lesser of two evils".
Marianne Williamson: No voter ID; no politicized gerrymandering.
Marianne Williamson: Establish public financing for federal campaigns.
Andrew Yang: Adopt ranked-choice voting model for all primaries.
Andrew Yang: Provide every eligible voter with $100 Democracy Dollars.
Andrew Yang: Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Eric Swalwell: National ban and buyback of semiautomatic assault weapons.
Marianne Williamson: Ban assault rifles & bump stocks.
Andrew Yang: Three-tier gun licensing for common-sense safety.
John Kasich: Learn from mass shooting tragedies and take action.
Howie Hawkins: National health service controlled by community.
Eric Swalwell: Guarantee: If you're sick, you see a doctor & not go broke.
Seth Moulton: Don't tie healthcare with job; cover pre-existing conditions.
Howard Schultz: Medicare-for-All: $32T cost is out of touch with reality.
Mike Gravel: VA4A: Veterans Administration healthcare for all.
Marianne Williamson: Medicare-for-all plus lifestyle and nutrition support.
Marianne Williamson: Towns should set up physical activities for community health.
Andrew Yang: Medicare-for-All establishes a basic right.
Howie Hawkins: Convert arms monopolies to nonprofit public enterprises.
John Delaney: National service program: military or community service.
Pete Buttigieg: More years of executive & military experience than most.
Mike Gravel: America will be safer without nukes: end "nuclear deterrent".
Mike Gravel: Bring 138,000 US troops home from 800 bases abroad.
Marianne Williamson: Make suicide prevention a top priority for veterans & VA.
Andrew Yang: Military spending on modern threats, not decades-old ones.
Andrew Yang: Invest in equipment for technical superiority.
Andrew Yang: Rechannel $60B per year from defense to infrastructure.
Howie Hawkins: Demand open borders where movement between nations is free.
Bill de Blasio: End cooperation & presence of ICE in NYC.
Bill de Blasio: Protect DACA immigrants, no matter what.
Mike Gravel: Open borders except for criminals escaping the law.
Marianne Williamson: No one calls for open borders; stop scapegoating.
Marianne Williamson: Full path to citizenship for most undocumented immigrants.
Andrew Yang: Come out of shadows with long-term permanent residency.
Andrew Yang: Deporting 11 million is impossible and inhumane.
Julian Castro: We can have compassion AND border security.
Howie Hawkins: Guaranteed jobs; guaranteed income above poverty.
Bill de Blasio: $500 million initiative to create 100,000 jobs in NYC.
Mike Gravel: Right to Own: employees can buy out companies that close.
Steve Bullock: Represented workers as labor lawyer; fight for minimum wage.
Andrew Yang: Pay equity for women and minorities.
Principles & Values|
Howie Hawkins: Democracy needs socialism; socialize many economic sectors.
Pete Buttigieg: Ensure that America's future is better than its past.
Pete Buttigieg: We cannot find greatness in the past.
Steve Bullock: Previously served as Montana Attorney General.
Howard Schultz: Centrist independent outside of the two-party system.
Marianne Williamson: Raise cap on income & we can avoid privatization.
Andrew Yang: Optional automatic tax-free retirement investment vehicle.
Howie Hawkins: Graduated wealth tax & graduated estate tax.
Mike Gravel: Automatic return-free tax system by online IRS filing option.
Mike Gravel: Progressive tax: 60% at $1 million, and up from there.
Andrew Yang: Revenue Day: make paying taxes a celebration.
Howie Hawkins: Public broadband; public ownership of online platforms.
Howie Hawkins: Public funding of diverse nonprofit, noncommercial media.
John Delaney: National AI Strategy focused on security.
Pete Buttigieg: As mayor: major investment in data and technology industries.
Seth Moulton: Invest in autonomous, hypersonic, and cyber weapons.
Seth Moulton: Rebuild our economy by rebuilding our infrastructure.
Mike Gravel: Break up large tech companies; they threaten democracy.
Steve Bullock: First governor to protect net neutrality.
Andrew Yang: $1 trillion infrastructure investment; it's dangerous.
War & Peace|
Howie Hawkins: Endless war follows from capitalist competition.
Mike Gravel: Split DoD into Department of War and Department of Peace.
Mike Gravel: End military aid to Israel; recognize Palestinian statehood.
Mike Gravel: End military aid to Saudi Arabia; no support for Yemen war.
Mike Gravel: Withdraw all troops from South Korea; normalize with North.
Howard Schultz: Strengthen NATO alliance to fight Russian cyber-attacks.
Mike Gravel: 2020 debates desperately need an anti-war voice.
Welfare & Poverty|
Howie Hawkins: Reintegrate urban amenities, like walkable mixed-use cities.
John Delaney: Invest in rural America: opportunity zones & doubled EITC.
Mike Gravel: Redistribute wealth nationally, like Alaska Permanent Fund.
Steve Bullock: Passed statewide Earned Income Tax Credit.
Julian Castro: Government can help needy families get back on their feet.