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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)

Book Reviews

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Fox News/Facebook Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Ten by polls
Second Tier: Seven other Republicans

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    from Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ben Carson (7) HUD Secretary
  • Bobby Jindal (8) Louisiana Republican 2016 Presidential candidate
  • Carly Fiorina (8) California SBA Director
  • Chris Christie (8) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump (12) Republican Presidential candidate
  • George Pataki (8) New York Republican presidential candidate
  • Hillary Clinton (1) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Jeb Bush (10) Florida Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Jim Gilmore (7) Republican presidential candidate
  • John Kasich (7) Ohio Republican Governor
  • Lindsey Graham (6) South Carolina S.C. Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio (10) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mike Huckabee (10) Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rand Paul (7) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rick Perry (5) Texas Secretary of Energy
  • Rick Santorum (7) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Scott Walker (9) Wisconsin WI Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz (7) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    The Fox News/Facebook Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 in Cleveland was "two-tiered":
  • 10 GOP candidates in the prime-time slot (9 PM EST)
  • The remaining 7 GOP candidates in an earlier slot (5 PM EST)
  • The top tier was determined by Aug. 4 averaged poll results prior to the debate: According to Fox News, "They are the five most recent national polls from non-partisan, nationally-recognized organizations using standard methodological techniques." The poll results were:
      First Tier
    • CEO Donald Trump (23.4%)
    • Gov. Jeb Bush (12.0%)
    • Gov. Scott Walker (10.2%)
    • Gov. Mike Huckabee (6.6%)
    • Dr. Ben Carson (5.8%)
    • Sen. Ted Cruz (5.4%)
    • Sen. Marco Rubio (5.4%)
    • Sen. Rand Paul (4.8%)
    • Gov. Chris Christie (3.4%)
    • Gov. John Kasich (3.2%)
      Second Tier
    • Gov. Rick Perry (1.8%)
    • Sen. Rick Santorum (1.4%)
    • Gov. Bobby Jindal (1.4%)
    • CEO Carly Fiorina (1.3%)
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (0.7%)
    • Gov. George Pataki (0.6%)
    • Gov. Jim Gilmore (0.2%)
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Bobby Jindal: Defund and criminally investigate Planned Parenthood.
    Donald Trump: I have evolved on abortion issue, like Reagan evolved.
    George Pataki: Appalled by abortion, but stop trying to overturn Roe v.Wade.
    George Pataki: Pro-choice, but ban abortion after 20 weeks.
    Jim Gilmore: The only litmus test for Supreme Court is to follow the law.
    Lindsey Graham: Defund Planned Parenthood: they harvest organs of the unborn.
    Lindsey Graham: Reinforce Mexico City policy: defund overseas abortions.
    Marco Rubio: Barbarians of our age have murdered millions of the unborn.
    Mike Huckabee: Apply 5th and 14th amendments to unborn child.
    Rick Santorum: Roe v. Wade was a rogue decision, not settled law.
    Scott Walker: Use alternatives to protect life of mother; no exceptions.
    Ted Cruz: Prosecute Planned Parenthood for criminal violations.
Budget & Economy
    Jeb Bush: They called me "Veto Corleone" because I vetoed so much.
    Jeb Bush: We've achieved 4% growth 27 times; I will make it 28.
    John Kasich: Lift everybody and build a stronger America.
    Marco Rubio: Repeal and replace Dodd-Frank: it eviscerates banks.
    Rand Paul: Borrowing a million a minute has gotta stop somewhere.
    Rick Perry: I governed the 12th largest economy in the world.
Civil Rights
    Bobby Jindal: Protect first amendment rights for Christian business owners.
    Donald Trump: Political correctness is country's problem, not my problem.
    John Kasich: I attended a gay wedding; accept the Supreme Court ruling.
    Rand Paul: Resist government imposing religious views of marriage.
    Rick Santorum: Stop harassing and persecuting people of faith.
    Scott Walker: If Black Lives Matter, then train cops better.
    Donald Trump: I've used bankruptcy laws to do a great job for my companies.
    Marco Rubio: Big companies influence government; small businesses can't.
    Mike Huckabee: Fight the Wall-Street-to-Washington axis of power.
    John Kasich: The tsunami of drugs threatens families.
    Jeb Bush: Feds should not be involved with creation of content.
    Jeb Bush: Allow opt-out of Common Core if states define standards.
    Jeb Bush: I created the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd voucher program in America.
    Marco Rubio: Common Core will convert from suggestions to mandate.
Energy & Oil
    Jeb Bush: Embrace the energy revolution and build the XL pipeline.
    Lindsey Graham: Stop debating about climate science; debate about solutions.
Families & Children
    John Kasich: Nothing is more important to me than faith, family & friends.
Foreign Policy
    Carly Fiorina: I know more world leaders than any candidate except Hillary.
    Chris Christie: Stop worrying about being loved; instead be respected.
    Jim Gilmore: I have experience in domestic policy AND foreign policy.
    Mike Huckabee: Reagan said "trust, but verify"; Obama: "trust, but vilify".
    Rand Paul: Quit sending aid to countries who hate us.
    Scott Walker: When America leads, we build alliances in Mideast.
    Scott Walker: Every country Hillary Clinton touched has gotten worse.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: We don't beat China or Japan or Mexico in trade.
Government Reform
    Donald Trump: I give to politicians; and they give back: that's broken!
    Ted Cruz: If you like special interests, I ain't your guy.
Health Care
    Bobby Jindal: ObamaCare changes American dream into European nightmare.
    Donald Trump: The insurance companies have total control over politicians.
    George Pataki: Would have rejected Medicaid expansion for New York.
    John Kasich: Expand Medicaid; everybody has a right to God-given purpose.
    Rand Paul: GOP has been fighting single-payer for a decade.
Homeland Security
    Ben Carson: Don't tie military's hands in terrorism fight, even torture.
    Ben Carson: Our armed forces are at smallest size in decades.
    Bobby Jindal: Name the enemy: radical Islamic terrorism.
    Carly Fiorina: We get warnings about terrorism, but we must connect dots.
    Chris Christie: Balance privacy rights but more NSA tools to fight terrorism.
    Chris Christie: I spent 7 years putting terrorists in jail.
    Chris Christie: Modernize to have 350 ships and 2,600 aircraft.
    George Pataki: Preaching jihad is not protected speech, even in mosques.
    George Pataki: Freeze government hiring except military & defense.
    Jim Gilmore: There will be further terror attacks; prepare for a long war.
    Marco Rubio: Empower V.A. to care more about vets than bureaucrats.
    Mike Huckabee: Military is not social experiment: no transgendered soldiers.
    Mike Huckabee: Our B-52s are from 1962; that's pretty scary.
    Rand Paul: Stop funding & arming allies of ISIS.
    Rand Paul: American Revolution was fought over 4th Amendment rights.
    Ted Cruz: Label the enemy that Obama won't: radical Islamic terrorists.
    Bobby Jindal: Immigration without assimilation is an invasion.
    Bobby Jindal: Prosecute and defund sanctuary cities for harboring illegals.
    Donald Trump: We need wall on Mexican border, but ok to have a door in it.
    Donald Trump: Mexican government is sending criminals across the border.
    Jeb Bush: Eliminate sanctuary cities, plus more enforcement.
    Jeb Bush: Earned legal status, not amnesty.
    Jim Gilmore: Allowing illegal immigration makes contempt for rule of law.
    Marco Rubio: Legal immigrants have been waiting in line for 15 years.
    Rick Perry: We sent Texas rangers & National Guard to southern border.
    Rick Perry: Aviation assets 24/7 all the way from Tijuana to Texas.
    Rick Santorum: America is worth the wait, even if families are split up.
    Rick Santorum: Reduce the level of legal immigration by 25%.
    Scott Walker: I changed my view to anti-immigration because I listened.
    Ted Cruz: Support Kate's Law: oppose our leaders who won't enforce.
    Chris Christie: New Jersey had 0% job growth; then I created 192,000 jobs.
    Rick Santorum: Look out for American workers, not for profits or votes.
    Rick Santorum: Create a manufacturing job juggernaut by a 20% flat tax rate.
    Scott Walker: Unemployment dropped in my term from 8% to 4%.
Principles & Values
    Ben Carson: Important experience is having a brain, not being politician.
    Ben Carson: Secular progressives cause our problems; Hillary is epitome.
    Ben Carson: Our brain makes us who we are, not our skin.
    Ben Carson: I'm the only one on this stage who separated Siamese twins.
    Bobby Jindal: I ran for office to make generational change, not popularity.
    Carly Fiorina: I started as a secretary and became CEO.
    Carly Fiorina: Conservatives see people as gifted by God;progressives don't.
    Donald Trump: I want to win as a Republican, but might run as Independent.
    Donald Trump: In NYC almost everyone is Democrat, but I'm Republican.
    George Pataki: I've seen government from the outside as well as the inside.
    Hillary Clinton: Obama calls her "likable enough"; GOP says "untrustworthy".
    John Kasich: We turned Ohio around; people have hope again.
    John Kasich: The Lord wants America to succeed and for America to lead.
    Marco Rubio: This election needs to be about the future, not the past.
    Marco Rubio: Expand American Dream to reach more people than ever before.
    Marco Rubio: I believe God has blessed our country.
    Mike Huckabee: America is in trouble, but it's not beyond repair.
    Scott Walker: I ran for office because I was worried about my kids' future.
    Ted Cruz: I'm a consistent conservative, not a campaign conservative.
Social Security
    Chris Christie: Raise retirement age 2 years, phased in over 25 years.
    Chris Christie: The Trust Fund is filled with IOUs: we've been lied to.
    Lindsey Graham: Half of seniors would be in poverty without Soc.Sec. check.
    Mike Huckabee: Feds reached into your pocket for 51 years.
Tax Reform
    Ben Carson: God's a pretty fair guy, so tithing is better than FairTax.
    Jim Gilmore: Income tax 25%; business tax 15%; death tax 0%.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax gets rid of IRS and sifts power back to the states.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax broadens tax base to include non-wage-earners.
    Carly Fiorina: Google should cooperate with FBI to fight cyberterrorism.
    Carly Fiorina: China and Russia are using technology to attack us.
    Lindsey Graham: If I have to monitor a mosque, I'll monitor a mosque.
    Marco Rubio: Amazon, our largest retailer, doesn't own a single store.
    Ted Cruz: Of course China & Russia have conducted cyberwarfare on US.
War & Peace
    Bobby Jindal: Don't change hearts & minds; kill the terrorists.
    Carly Fiorina: Ok to deal with Iran, but with anytime/anywhere inspections.
    Carly Fiorina: Provide materiel to Jordan, & intel to Egypt, to fight ISIL.
    Donald Trump: Opposed Iraq war in 2004 & predicted Mideast destabilization.
    Donald Trump: Disgraceful deal gives Iran a lot & gets nothing for us.
    George Pataki: Risking American lives is necessary to destroy ISIS.
    Jeb Bush: To honor those who died in Iraq, take out ISIS & stop Iran.
    Jeb Bush: Iraq invasion was a mistake; but now we can't abandon them.
    Jim Gilmore: Create a Middle East NATO to fight both Iran and ISIL.
    Lindsey Graham: Whatever it takes, as long as it takes, to defeat ISIL.
    Mike Huckabee: Iran threatens Israel & America; take them seriously.
    Rand Paul: Negotiate with Iran, but from a position of strength.
    Rick Perry: Not just no nuclear deal funding Iran, but "Hell no".
    Rick Perry: Tear up Iranian nuclear deal on Day One, then use White-Out.
    Scott Walker: Undo Iran nuclear deal on Day One; keep sanctions instead.
    Scott Walker: Send weapons to Ukraine; & missile defense to Poland.
    Ted Cruz: If you wage jihad on America, you sign your death warrant.
Welfare & Poverty
    Chris Christie: 12-point entitlement reform plan, including benefit cuts.
    George Pataki: Mandatory workfare ends dependency, not cultural change.
    Jim Gilmore: Grow economy so people have better opportunity than welfare.
    Rick Santorum: I ended a federal entitlement; never done before or since.

The above quotations are from Fox News/Facebook Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Ten by polls
Second Tier: Seven other Republicans
  • Miami Republican debate, March 10, 2016
  • Miami Democratic debate, March 9, 2016
  • Democratic primary debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016
  • Republican primary debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016
  • CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary., Feb. 25, 2016
  • Democratic and Republican primary Town Hall, on eve of S.C. primary
  • 2016 CNN GOP Town Hall in South Carolina, Feb. 17-18, 2016
  • 2016 CBS News Republican Debate in S.C., Feb. 13, 2016
  • PBS Democratic Primary Debate in Wisconsin, Feb. 11, 2016
  • 2016 ABC News/IJReview Republican Debate in N.H., Feb. 6, 2016
  • MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, Feb. 4, 2016
  • 2016 CNN Democratic Town Hall in N.H., Feb. 3, 2016
  • 2016 Fox News GOP primary debate in Iowa, Jan. 28, 2016
  • 2016 NBC Democratic primary debate, Jan. 17, 2016
  • 2016 Fox Business two-tiered GOP primary debate, Jan. 14, 2016
  • 2015 ABC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, Dec. 19, 2015
  • 2015 CNN Republican primary debate in Nevada, Dec. 15, 2015
  • 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate, Nov. 14, 2015
  • 2015 Fox Business/WSJ two-tiered GOP primary debate, Nov. 10, 2015
  • 2015 CNBC two-tiered GOP primary debate, Oct. 28, 2015
  • 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate, Oct. 13, 2015
  • 2015 CNN two-tiered GOP primary debate, Sept. 16, 2015
  • Red State Gathering, Aug 6-9, 2015
  • 2015 Fox News/Facebook two-tiered GOP primary debate, August 6, 2015
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition "Road to Majority" Policy Conferences, April 25, 2015
  • 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 26-27, 2015
  • Forbes Magazine "Candidates Want You to Know" series, March-June 2015
  • Sunday Political Talk Show interviews, throughout 2015
  • Pre-Iowa caucus political summits, throughout 2015
  • Brennan Center for Justice essays
  • National Journal 2016 series
  • Interviews on 2016 races with OnTheIssues
  • PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series
  • PolitiFact fact-checking on 2016 campaigns
  • Survey of 2016 Presidential campaign websites
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