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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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)

Book Reviews

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Survey of 2020 Presidential campaign websites


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    from Survey of 2020 Presidential campaign websites (number of quotes indicated):
  • Andrew Yang (32) Democratic candidate for President; CEO
  • Bill de Blasio (9) New York Democratic primary candidate and NYC mayor
  • Eric Swalwell (6) California Presidential candidate (withdrawn); U.S. Rep from CA-15
  • Howard Schultz (22) Starbucks CEO; independent for President (suspended)
  • Howie Hawkins (20) New York Green Party Presidential Challenger
  • Joe Sestak (31) Democratic candidate for President; Navy Admiral
  • John Delaney (5) Maryland Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
  • John Kasich (3) Ohio Republican Ohio Governor
  • Julian Castro (3) Texas Mayor of San Antonio; HUD Secretary
  • Marianne Williamson (21) Democratic candidate for President
  • Mike Gravel (30) Democratic challenger for president
  • Pete Buttigieg (4) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
  • Seth Moulton (5) Massachusetts Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6
  • Steve Bullock (4) Montana Democratic Montana Governor
  • Tom Steyer (12) Possible Democratic candidate for President from California
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Abortion
    Joe Sestak: Enshrine a woman's right to choose, in case Roe overturned.
    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
    Joe Sestak: Championed fiscally accountable "pay-as-you-go" legislation.
    Howie Hawkins: Socialize big banks; manage the national currency.
    Howard Schultz: $22 trillion debt is immoral and reckless.
Civil Rights
    Tom Steyer: Tell Congress that we need our 5 basic rights.
    Tom Steyer: Fight racial disparities in our criminal justice system.
    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.
    Howard Schultz: Regardless of skin color, get every American represented.
Corporations
    Joe Sestak: Strengthen antitrust laws; stop corporate welfare.
    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.
    Howard Schultz: Achieve profit with humanity & pathway to middle class.
Crime
    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.
    Eric Swalwell: Give more resources to state and local law enforcement.
    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.
Drugs
    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.
Education
    Tom Steyer: $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is unacceptable.
    Tom Steyer: Keep schools open despite Republican demonization.
    Joe Sestak: Subsidize tuition at public community colleges.
    Joe Sestak: Support Common Core and expand pre-K.
    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.
    Howard Schultz: First in family to attend college; offer same at Starbucks.
    Howard Schultz: 3,000 people graduated college on Starbucks' tuition.
Energy & Oil
    Joe Sestak: Replace fossil fuel subsidies with fees for carbon polluters.
    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.
Environment
    Tom Steyer: Corporate profits matter more than keeping people alive.
    Tom Steyer: Stand up to corporate polluters who poison our air & water.
    Joe Sestak: Ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
    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
    Joe Sestak: Increase nutrition assistance for needy families.
    Joe Sestak: Authored successful increase in funding for autism.
    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.
Foreign Policy
    Joe Sestak: Strengthen our alliances; other countries are interconnected.
    Joe Sestak: Reverse America's retreat from the global community.
    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.
Free Trade
    Joe Sestak: Stop using tariffs as weapon in disputes with China.
    Joe Sestak: Re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Government Reform
    Tom Steyer: It's up to us to un-rig the voting system.
    Joe Sestak: Stop corporate abuses of lobbying power.
    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.
    Howard Schultz: Political contributions unduly influence policy.
    Howard Schultz: Gerrymandered districts reflect will of political parties.
    Howard Schultz: Reduce partisanship with 2/3 vote for Court nominations.
    Howard Schultz: Our government's dysfunction is great & we need to fix it.
Gun Control
    Joe Sestak: Strong proponent of common sense gun laws.
    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.
    Howard Schultz: False choice between gun ban and unlimited gun ownership.
    John Kasich: Learn from mass shooting tragedies and take action.
Health Care
    Tom Steyer: Healthcare must be a RIGHT, not a privilege.
    Tom Steyer: Women need reproductive care; GOP wants to take it away.
    Joe Sestak: Our health system saved my daughter; let's make it a right.
    Joe Sestak: Add public option to ObamaCare.
    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.
    Howard Schultz: False choice between socialized medicine & ObamaCare repeal.
Homeland Security
    Joe Sestak: First 3-star Admiral elected to Congress.
    Joe Sestak: Reduce size of navy from 375 to 260 ships.
    Joe Sestak: More funding for veterans and for cyberspace.
    Joe Sestak: Reduce number of carrier strike groups from 11 to 9.
    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.
Immigration
    Tom Steyer: Failing to offer a path to citizenship is inherently unjust.
    Joe Sestak: Create a path to naturalization for undocumented immigrants.
    Joe Sestak: Broken system can only be fixed by comprehensive reform.
    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.
    Howard Schultz: Immigrants exemplify the American dream.
    Julian Castro: We can have compassion AND border security.
    Howard Schultz: Great-grandparents immigrated from Easter Europe in 1890s.
    Howard Schultz: False choice between mass deportation and abolishing ICE.
Jobs
    Tom Steyer: Most people are denied a fair paycheck, while CEOs get rich.
    Tom Steyer: Corporations hold down wages; unions get fair return.
    Joe Sestak: Top priority is quality jobs with fair wages.
    Joe Sestak: Supports Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
    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.
    Howard Schultz: Create company our parents had no chance to work for.
Principles & Values
    Joe Sestak: Walked 422 miles across Pennsylvania, in Senate campaign.
    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: Two massive failures: One of character; one of institutions.
    Howard Schultz: Science is real, and so is religion and faith.
    Howard Schultz: Leadership brings talented people together to solve problems.
    Howard Schultz: Centrist independent outside of the two-party system.
Social Security
    Joe Sestak: Protect Medicare, Social Security, and Consumer Finance.
    Eric Swalwell: Wants more payroll tax to keep Social Security solvent.
    Marianne Williamson: Raise cap on income & we can avoid privatization.
    Andrew Yang: Optional automatic tax-free retirement investment vehicle.
Tax Reform
    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.
    Howard Schultz: Tax cuts for the middle class; but wealthy pay more.
Technology
    Joe Sestak: Invest $1 trillion in infrastructure expansion over 10 years.
    Joe Sestak: Reprioritized defense funding toward cyberspace.
    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
    Joe Sestak: Immediately rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.
    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
    Joe Sestak: War on Poverty made real improvements; let's do more.
    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.


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  • Andrew Yang Democratic candidate for President; CEO
  • Bill de Blasio New York Democratic primary candidate and NYC mayor
  • Eric Swalwell California Presidential candidate (withdrawn); U.S. Rep from CA-15
  • Howard Schultz Starbucks CEO; independent for President (suspended)
  • Howie Hawkins New York Green Party Presidential Challenger
  • Joe Sestak Democratic candidate for President; Navy Admiral
  • John Delaney Maryland Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
  • John Kasich Ohio Republican Ohio Governor
  • Julian Castro Texas Mayor of San Antonio; HUD Secretary
  • Marianne Williamson Democratic candidate for President
  • Mike Gravel Democratic challenger for president
  • Pete Buttigieg Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
  • Seth Moulton Massachusetts Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6
  • Steve Bullock Montana Democratic Montana Governor
  • Tom Steyer Possible Democratic candidate for President from California

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