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)
Amy McGrath: 100% pro-choice; it is a woman's right to choose.
James Comer: Abortion should NEVER be allowed, except for maternal life.
James Comer: Not one penny of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Alison Grimes: Pro-choice down the line.
Budget & Economy|
James Comer: Federal fiscal restraint to tackle $19 trillion debt.
Jim Gray: Think globally when talking about job creation.
Matt Bevin: Must rely on cutting spending to improve financial outlook.
Matt Bevin: AdWatch: Supporting a debt-limit increase is too liberal.
Matt Bevin: No budget deal; let the sequester cuts take place.
Mitch McConnell: Proud of role in high-profile deal to end federal shutdown.
Mitch McConnell: Supports sequester cuts: 2.4% out of $3.6 trillion budget.
Jack Reed: Address the sequester & debt ceiling without any new taxes.
Jack Conway: Against TARP bailouts due to lack of accountability.
Rand Paul: Bank bailout was bad policy & helped no banks in KY.
Steve Beshear: Cut government spending due to the revenue shortfall.
Steve Beshear: Some budget priorities won’t go away despite budget crisis.
Steve Beshear: Revenue situation becomes a golden opportunity for change.
Amy McGrath: Agrees with Supreme Court upholding same sex marriage.
James Comer: Support traditional marriage between one man and one woman.
Jim Gray: Pay equity for women; and raise the minimum wage.
Jim Gray: Openly gay mayor of Lexington: not all are anti-gay.
Jack Conway: Same-sex marriage ban is last vestige of discrimination.
Jack Conway: Didn't challenge court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage.
Alison Grimes: Supports allowing gay marriage.
Alison Grimes: AdWatch: VAWA and equal pay for women.
Mitch McConnell: I co-sponsored VAWA but final version went too far.
Alison Grimes: Both supportive and apprehensive about marriage equality.
Matt Bevin: Why not define marriage as a parent marrying their child?
Alison Grimes: Fight for pay equity for women.
Jack Conway: Claims Paul questions Civil Rights Act and the ADA.
Jack Conway: I abhor discrimination; end "don't ask, don't tell".
Steve Beshear: Will veto a bill that would ban gay marriage in KY.
Rand Paul: Opposes same-sex marriage.
Trey Grayson: Opposes same-sex marriage.
Steve Beshear: Incentive programs for businesses; to bring in jobs.
Matt Bevin: Overturn voting rights to ex-felons who completed sentences.
Steve Beshear: Grant voting rights to ex-felons who completed sentences.
Matt Bevin: Imperative to address backlog of forensic tests.
Matt Bevin: Restore felon voting rights, but only through legislature.
Steve Beshear: Restore right to vote to most nonviolent felons.
Jack Conway: Reduce crime via focus on cybercrime against kids.
Alison Grimes: One in six US women will be victims of domestic violence.
Steve Beshear: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
Brett Guthrie: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
James Comer: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
James Comer: Allow expungement of criminal records after 5 years.
Harry Blackmun: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
John Paul Stevens: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
Sandra Day O`Connor: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
William Rehnquist: Black defendants have no right to blacks on jury.
Matt Bevin: Crack down on drug dealers and others who abuse the system.
James Comer: Help farmers with first hemp program in Kentucky.
Jim Gray: Fully fund drug treatment and addiction recovery.
Jack Conway: Fight prescription drug abuse; set up treatment centers.
Alison Grimes: Have a discussion about marijuana legalization.
Mitch McConnell: Strongly opposed to legalization of marijuana.
Steve Beshear: KASPER: KY All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting.
Steve Beshear: Reduce historic addiction to tobacco with smoke-free law.
Jack Conway: Meth lab count is up because we are identifying smaller labs.
Rand Paul: Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from.
Rand Paul: Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs.
Jack Conway: Epidemic of prescription pill abuse spurs crime.
Rand Paul: Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh.
Matt Bevin: Proposed school cuts of $128M; legislature restored them.
James Comer: Teach without interference from the federal government.
James Comer: Mountains of student debt hinders getting a job.
Jim Gray: Investment in education and our teachers is essential.
Matt Bevin: Move to performance based funding for state universities.
Matt Bevin: End education monopoly with school choice and vouchers.
Matt Bevin: FactCheck: No, not MIT grad; education is "School of Life".
Alison Grimes: Every child has the right to a quality education.
Steve Beshear: We made cuts to survive; now let's assess damage.
Steve Beshear: Reinvest in SEEK: Support Education Excellence in Kentucky.
Jack Conway: Enforce consumer protection laws at for-profit schools.
Steve Beshear: Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate.
Steve Beshear: High national rankings shows that education is good in KY.
Energy & Oil|
James Comer: War on coal is a war on Kentucky's economy.
Jim Gray: Let's stop mining? No, invest in coal's future.
Jim Gray: Fund clean coal via Carbon Capture and Storage.
Jack Conway: Maintain low energy rates by protecting coal economy.
Matt Bevin: Fight against EPA's relentless attacks on the coal industry.
Mitch McConnell: I blocked the passage of Obama's cap-and-trade.
Alison Grimes: Balanced approach to deal with global warming.
Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Fights EPA regulation on coal production.
Alison Grimes: Rely heavily on domestic coal, oil and natural gas.
Steve Beshear: To Washington: Get off our backs! about coal.
Jack Conway: Protect coal even under cap-and-trade.
Rand Paul: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions.
Jack Conway: Coal yes; cap-and-trade no.
Bruce Lunsford: Expand drilling; draw strategic reserve; plus alternatives.
Mitch McConnell: Supports coal-to-liquid fuels, nuclear tech, & electric cars.
Mitch McConnell: Has clout to implement GOP solutions for high gas prices.
Bruce Lunsford: Double oil production by developing 70M federal acres.
Jim Gray: EPA regulations overstep bounds, but we can't throw them out.
Jack Conway: Fight the EPA's burdensome regulations.
Matt Bevin: I don't support cockfighting, but don't criminalize it.
Alison Grimes: OpEd: Disdain for the EPA, but better choice for greens.
Steve Beshear: Secures Clean Water Act funding to clean up pollution.
Bruce Lunsford: Worked on father’s tobacco farm as a youngster.
Bruce Lunsford: Bring together all parties to review mountaintop removal.
Families & Children|
Matt Bevin: Czar to overhaul state foster care and adoption programs.
Jim Gray: Stand with our allies to protect our global interests.
Mitch McConnell: 1985: Led anti-apartheid bill through Senate.
Matt Bevin: No unilateral action in Eastern Europe.
Amy McGrath: No reason for tariffs against NATO allies.
Jim Gray: Trade deals are a net positive for Kentucky.
Alison Grimes: Halt flow of jobs overseas; no subsidies for job exporters.
Steve Beshear: New records in exports; thousands of jobs from in-sourcing.
Steve Beshear: Record exports to Asia & Europe means we're importing jobs.
Mitch McConnell: Trade agreements allow selling farm products abroad.
Alison Grimes: Presidential Commission on Election Integrity is a sham.
James Comer: Self-imposed term limit of 6 terms.
Jim Gray: Campaign finance system is broken; root it out.
Mitch McConnell: Federal shutdown was just a 2-week paid vacation: bad policy.
Alison Grimes: Lifelong commitment to protecting the right to vote.
Steve Beshear: Smart Government: sell surplus land, buildings and vehicles.
Steve Beshear: 6-day furlough for state workers; cut top staff salaries 10%.
Jack Conway: I stood up for the people against price-gouging & lies.
Steve Beshear: Comprehensive ethics package to restore trust.
Matt Bevin: Culture of violence, like zombie shows, cause mass shootings.
Matt Bevin: School shootings caused by "culture of death" in media.
Mitch McConnell: Congress cannot fix school shootings; must act locally.
James Comer: Unwavering support of 2nd Amendment.
Jim Gray: Ban gun purchases by people on FBI terrorist watch list.
Jim Gray: Ok to delay gun sales for 72 hours, but no secret lists.
Jack Conway: Believes in right to bear arms and self-protection.
Alison Grimes: Same background-check standards at gun store versus gun show.
Alison Grimes: Proud of long-held sporting & hunting traditions.
James Comer: ObamaCare stifles businesses; pass tort reform instead.
Jim Gray: Ensure solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund.
Jack Conway: Recovered $600M by suing providers for Medicaid fraud.
Matt Bevin: Disband KYNECT immediately; transition to federal system.
Alison Grimes: Kynect heroically for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare.
Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare's Kynect is a state decision, but yeah, it's ok.
Steve Beshear: Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all.
Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare is a train wreck; do what we can to repeal it.
Alison Grimes: Delay mandated coverage, but keep ObamaCare.
Jack Conway: Pay for Obamacare with bulk purchasing & fraud units.
Rand Paul: Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%.
Bruce Lunsford: McConnell is bought and paid for by drug companies.
James Comer: Advocate for investments in national defense.
Jim Gray: Support the military, intelligence community, & diplomacy.
Jack Conway: Protect veterans and active servicemembers from fraud.
Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Brought in new VA hospital; & higher pay for troops.
Alison Grimes: Reduce veterans' services backlog; support new vets jobs law.
Jack Conway: Let gays serve openly in US military.
Rand Paul: Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policy.
James Comer: Vocally in support of building a wall on the southern border.
James Comer: Support the wall; oppose amnesty & sanctuary cities.
Alison Grimes: Supports bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
Mitch McConnell: Border security first: the key to getting a final outcome.
Rand Paul: Obamacare treats illegal aliens because it's illegal to ask.
Jack Conway: Be tough & sensible; increase border security.
Matt Bevin: Minimum wage stifles job creation; reduce to $7.25.
Steve Beshear: Raise state worker minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
Jack Conway: Right to organize is pathway to middle class.
Matt Bevin: Replace prevailing wage requirements with Right-to-Work.
Alison Grimes: Increase the minimum wage to a living wage.
Steve Beshear: Jobless rate is falling; Kentucky now 2nd in job growth.
Jack Conway: 20% hometown tax credit for cost of creating a new job.
Bruce Lunsford: Agrees with all issues that AFL-CIO has asked him to support.
James Comer: Require comparable pay regardless of gender.
Steve Beshear: Statewide vote on expanding gaming: keep revenues in-state.
Steve Beshear: Keep KY Horse Capital of the World; a $4 billion industry.
Principles & Values|
Alison Grimes: Father indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Alison.
Scott Walker: Pray for Kentucky, that we will be blessed.
James Comer: I believe that public servants should put God above all else.
James Comer: I am a social conservative.
Matt Bevin: Led public Pledge of Allegiance, & speeches about patriotism.
Matt Bevin: Don't celebrate partisanship; call for unity instead.
Rand Paul: Under KY law,can't run for Senate & President on same ballot.
Alison Grimes: One of us represents Washington; one of us represents KY.
Alison Grimes: AdWatch: Grimes' opponent offered deal to drop out.
Steve Beshear: Focus on helping people instead of on keeping power.
Alison Grimes: Fight "Senator Gridlock": Kentucky pays for GOP dysfunction.
Jack Conway: TV ad: Rand Paul made fun of Christianity and Christ.
Jack Conway: FactCheck: "Aqua Buddha" TV ad is accurate but over the top.
Jack Conway: TV ad: Accuser is anonymous, but a Mr. Green says it's true.
Jack Conway: Claims Rand Paul worships "Aqua Buddha" & mocks Holy Bible.
Rand Paul: Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood.
Rand Paul: I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha".
Jack Conway: An honor to run for Wendell Ford's senate seat.
Rand Paul: This election really is about the president's agenda.
Rand Paul: This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat.
Bruce Lunsford: McConnell enables Bush & squandered 24 years in Senate.
Mitch McConnell: After 24 years, one of the two leaders in the US Senate.
Mitch McConnell: Leadership has value; freshmen have little impact.
Matt Bevin: Increase taxes to fund Kentucky Retirement Systems.
Jim Gray: Fight any measure to cut or privatize Social Security.
Matt Bevin: Replace public pension system with 401(k) for new employees.
Jack Conway: Sue banks to recover Great Recession public pension losses.
Alison Grimes: Keep our promises to our nation's seniors.
Jack Conway: Pledges to not scale back program nor raise retirement age.
Rand Paul: I've never challenged constitutionality of Social Security.
Rand Paul: Raise the retirement age for people under age 55.
Amy McGrath: Don't pay for tax cuts for wealthy by undermining healthcare.
Matt Bevin: Reduce tax revenue: not simple revenue neutrality.
Alison Grimes: Close tax loopholes for wealthy to pay for college loans.
Mitch McConnell: Comprehensive tax reform can work if it's revenue-neutral.
Steve Beshear: Taxes are not the answer; no broad-based increases.
Jack Conway: Keep Bush tax cuts during recession.
Rand Paul: Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts.
Bruce Lunsford: Eliminate the capital gains tax.
Mitch McConnell: Resolve to lower capital gains taxes.
James Comer: Maintain infrastructure: highways, locks, and dams.
Bruce Lunsford: Supports net neutrality; McConnell stalled it.
Steve Beshear: Ideas are the foundation of any new economy.
War & Peace|
Jim Gray: We must destroy ISIS where they are.
Alison Grimes: Israel has the right to defend herself.
Alison Grimes: Don't send US troops back to Iraq; but support role ok.
Steve Beshear: Gratitude for troops who fight terror & keep America free.
Chuck Pennacchio: Shred Bush’s preemptive war doctrine.
Welfare & Poverty|
Matt Bevin: Random drug testing for welfare recipients.
Alison Grimes: Shameful to oppose food stamp program during recession.
Mitch McConnell: Opposed Farm Bill due to too-generous food stamp program.
Steve Beshear: We face a heavy sword: public pension unfunded liability.
Jack Conway: Claims Paul would end federal faith-based initiatives.
Jack Conway: Faith-based programs instead of federal money.