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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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Interviews during 2018-2020, interviewing Democratic presidential hopefuls for 2020


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    from Interviews during 2018-2020 (number of quotes indicated):
  • Amy Klobuchar (9) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
  • Beto O`Rourke (22) Texas Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from TX
  • Cory Booker (5) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
  • Democratic Party (1)
  • Elizabeth Warren (7) Massachusetts Senator
  • Eric Swalwell (3) California Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from CA-15
  • Jay Inslee (4) Washington Democratic Washington Governor
  • Joe Biden (13) Democratic V.P.
  • John Delaney (2) Maryland Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
  • John Hickenlooper (6) Colorado Democratic Colorado Governor
  • Julian Castro (16) Texas Mayor of San Antonio; HUD Secretary
  • Kamala Harris (6) California Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (3) New York Democratic candidate for President; New York Senator
  • Michael Bennet (6) Colorado Democratic candidate for President; Colorado Senator
  • Mike Bloomberg (7) New York Mayor of NYC
  • Mike Gravel (4) Democratic challenger for president
  • Pete Buttigieg (23) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
  • Stacey Abrams (1) Georgia Democratic nominee for Georgia Governor
  • Tim Ryan (2) Ohio Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from OH-13
  • Tulsi Gabbard (3) Hawaii Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from HI-2
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
This collection of excerpts comes from articles about and interviews of 2020 Democratic primary hopefuls.

    Speculation on 2020 Democratic presidential contenders (sources for issue excerpts):
  • Axios.com, "Buttigieg: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate," by Shannon Vavra, 5/3/2019
  • The Nation, "Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College," by John Nichols, April 22, 2019
  • CNN, "Buttigieg Fields Question at Town Hall, April 22, 2019
  • Fox Business News, Buttigieg's views on taxes, health care and the US economy," by Brittany De Lea, 4/15/2019
  • CNN Town Hall Meeting with Marianne Williamson, Presidential Candidate, April 14, 2019
  • NPR, "Medicare-For-All," by Shefali Luthra, April 11, 2019
  • CNBC, "Presidential candidates make progressive pledges at Al Sharpton-led convention," National Action Network, Apr 5, 2019
  • The Atlantic, "Eric Swalwell Is Running on Gun Safety," by Edward-Isaac Dovere , 4/4/2019
  • The Hill, "Buttigieg calls for abolishing death penalty", by Chris Mills Rodrigo, 4/4/2019
  • CNN K-File, "Beto O'Rourke in 2012 said charter schools were a good idea," by Eric Bradner & Andrew Kaczynski, April 4, 2019
  • Atlantic Magazine, "Klobuchar's Hazy 'Heartland Economics'," by Edward-Isaac Dovere, 4/4/2019
  • Associated Press, "O'Rourke, Castro talk reparations at civil rights conference," by Juana Summers , April 3, 2019
  • Slate.com, "We May Have Already Located the Most Vapid Sound Bite of 2020 Cycle," by Ben Mathis-Lilley, April 03, 2019
  • CommonDreams.org, "After Gaza Slaughter, Buttigieg Praised Israeli Security Responses," by Philip Weiss, April 3, 2019
  • Vox, "Democrats are increasingly critical of Israel. Not Pete Buttigieg," by Alex Ward, 4/3/2019
  • Wichita Eagle, "Face off over Medicaid," by Jonathan Shorman, April 2, 2019
  • The Atlantic, "Beto Sees Trump's Immigration Trap Clearly," by Peter Beinart, 4/1/19
  • Mother Jones magazine, "Talking Tough About Corporate Control of Food," by Tom Philpott, March 30, 2019
  • Washington Post, "Buttigieg believes the religious left will get Trump out," by Sarah Pullman Bailey, 3/29/2019
  • Washington Examiner, "Beto takes extreme abortion stance," by Salena Zito, 3/29/2019
  • Vox, "An abortion clinic is suing to open in Pete Buttigieg's city," by Anna North, 3/27/2019
  • The Atlantic, "Cory Booker Is Happy to Be Under the Radar--For Now," by Edward-Isaac Dovere , 3/27/2019
  • Forbes Magazine, "Four Reasons Kamala Harris' Teacher Pay Raise Proposal Is Not A Winner," by Peter Greene, Mar 26, 2019
  • Bloomberg Politics, "Beto O'Rourke Joins Calls for Wealth Tax to Avoid 'Kings and Queens'," by Emma Kinery, 3/22/2019
  • Reason Magazine, "Mike Gravel: The Candidate of Anti-Imperialism and Video Art," by Jesse Walker, Mar. 22, 2019
  • CNBC, "2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke says he'd rather see Big Tech regulated than broken up," by Sara Salinas Date: 3/21/2019
  • Common Dreams, "Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender," March 21, 2019
  • Inquisitr.com blog, "Ex-Senator Mike Gravel Roasts 2020 Democratic Candidates," March 20, 2019
  • New York Magazine, "Mike Gravel, Who's a Hit With the Teens," by Ed Kilgore, Mar. 20, 2019
  • Huffington Post, "O'Rourke Supported the Death Penalty 2 Years Ago," by Daniel Marans, 3/20/2019
  • Forbes Magazine, "Swalwell Touts 'Coverage For All'," by Bruce Japsen, Mar 19, 2019
  • Forbes Magazine, "O'Rourke Dials Back Medicare-For-All Talk," by Bruce Japsen, Mar 17, 2019
  • The Atlantic, "Can A Rust Belt Yogi Save The Democratic Party?," by Elaine Godfrey, Mar. 15, 2019
  • Associated Press, "Kamala Harris calls for federal moratorium on executions," 3/14/2019
  • CNN K-File, "Sanders in the 1970s urged nationalization of most major industries," by A.Kaczynski & N.McDermott, 3/14/19
  • CBS News, "Who is Beto O'Rourke?," by Camilo Montoya-Galvez, 3/14/2019
  • Fox News, "O'Rourke says he'd suspend federal capital punishment," by Paulina Dedaj, 3/14/2019
  • Vanity Fair, "I'm Just Born To Do This," by Joe Hagan, March 13, 2019
  • BBC, "Nine Democratic candidates. One event. Who shone?," by Anthony Zurcher, 3/12/2019
  • Bloomberg Politics, "Beto O'Rourke Joins Calls for Wealth Tax to Avoid 'Kings and Queens'," by Emma Kinery, 3/22/2019
  • NBC News, "Beto O'Rourke, a work in progress," by Alex Seitz-Wald, March 15, 2019
  • Reuters, "Beto in America's oldest hacking group", by Joseph Menn, March 15, 2019
  • Fox News, "O'Rourke says he'd suspend federal capital punishment," by Paulina Dedaj, 3/14/2019
  • The Hill, "Booker slams Manafort sentence," by Tal Axelrod, March 8, 2019
  • Washington Post, "Biden's tough talk on 1970s school desegregation plan could get new scrutiny," by Matt Viser, March 7 2019
  • Forbes Magazine, "For Tulsi Gabbard, Marijuana Sits At Nexus Of Good Policy And Smart Politics," by Tom Angell, Mar 7, 2019
  • Forbes Magazine, "Marijuana Sits At Nexus Of Good Policy And Smart Politics," by Tom Angell, Mar 7, 2019
  • The Hill, "Hickenlooper: Federal government shouldn't decide whether to legalize marijuana", by Alicia Cohn, 03/06/19
  • The Atlantic, "The Democrat Who Wants To Stop The Rage," by Edward-Isaac Dovere, Mar. 2, 2019
  • CommonDreams.org, "Inslee Says He's Running for One Urgent Reason: The Climate Crisis," by Jessica Corbett, March 01, 2019
  • Vox.com, "Meet the first Democrat running for president on climate change," by David Roberts, Mar 1, 2019
  • More citations from Feb. 2019 and earlier...

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    John Hickenlooper: Against fetal heartbeat laws; favors access to contraception.
    Beto O`Rourke: Abortions up until third trimester are woman's choice.
    Pete Buttigieg: Abortion is a woman's choice, not a political statement.
Budget & Economy
    Amy Klobuchar: Focus on issues affecting small business, rural America.
Civil Rights
    Amy Klobuchar: Paper ballots allow audits, ensure election integrity.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supports NFL players taking a knee during national anthem.
    Julian Castro: Property was taken from slaves, so pay reparations.
    Joe Biden: 1970s: Desegregating society ok, but not via school busing.
    Elizabeth Warren: Reparations for slavery and to Native Americans.
    Kamala Harris: Reparations means real investments in black communities.
    Pete Buttigieg: Calls for redistricting reform; questions Electoral College.
    Cory Booker: Recognize Native Americans but no Indigenous Peoples' Day.
    Kamala Harris: Rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
    Julian Castro: Protections for GLBTQ; benefits to same-sex partners.
    Stacey Abrams: Takes a strong stand against voter suppression efforts.
    Pete Buttigieg: Voters have judged his record, not his marriage.
Corporations
    John Hickenlooper: Market must allow entry to new businesses.
    Julian Castro: Supported tax breaks to lure corporations.
    Julian Castro: Top earners & corporations must pay fair share.
Crime
    Pete Buttigieg: Death penalty is racist; mandatory minimums too.
    Beto O`Rourke: Expand death penalty if police officers are attacked.
    Beto O`Rourke: Capital punishment is an inequitable, unfair, unjust system.
    Kamala Harris: Federal and state moratorium on death penalty.
    Kamala Harris: 2004: no death penalty for cop killer; 2019: apply to all.
    Cory Booker: Rich-and-guilty treated better than poor-and-innocent.
    Joe Biden: 1990s: Supported tough-on-crime; 2019:considers those racist.
    Beto O`Rourke: We must cut down on recidivism for non-violent offenders.
Drugs
    Beto O`Rourke: Arrested for drunk driving at age 25; license suspended.
    Beto O`Rourke: Dealing Drugs and Death: 2011 call for legalization.
    Beto O`Rourke: End prohibition on marijuana, expunge records of possessors.
    Joe Biden: 1989: Bush didn't go far enough in War on Drugs.
    Joe Biden: Proud of backing tough drug laws & penalties.
    Michael Bennet: Let states experiment with marijuana; address racial issues.
Education
    Cory Booker: Government should not profit from student debt.
    Cory Booker: Investment in education helps the whole society.
    Joe Biden: 1970s: outspoken Senate critic of school desegregation.
    Amy Klobuchar: I am not for free four-year college for all.
    Julian Castro: Extended Pre-K education for needy kids.
    Elizabeth Warren: Invest in education, but focus on results.
Energy & Oil
    Pete Buttigieg: Timetable on climate set by reality, not by Congress.
    Beto O`Rourke: Keep planet from warming one-half degree Celsius.
    Jay Inslee: No "silver bullet" for climate: "silver buckshot" instead.
    John Hickenlooper: Drank a glass of fracking fluid to show it was harmless.
    Jay Inslee: We are last generation that can do something about climate.
    Mike Bloomberg: $218M effort led to closure of 282 coal-fired power plants.
    Amy Klobuchar: Green New Deal is aspirational; don't over-promise.
    Julian Castro: Green Jobs Leadership Council: more solar; less coal.
    Julian Castro: Supported both fossil fuel and green energy.
    Pete Buttigieg: Supports Paris climate accord and Green New Deal.
    Kamala Harris: Climate change important, but not only issue.
Families & Children
    Eric Swalwell: Agrees with Obama that kids should dream bigger than parents.
    Elizabeth Warren: Federal funds to cap childcare at 7% of income.
Foreign Policy
    Pete Buttigieg: Supports Israel; situation more complex than seen in media.
    Beto O`Rourke: Help refugee asylum seekers at home in Northern Triangle.
    Mike Gravel: Bring critique of American imperialism to Democratic primary.
    Mike Gravel: 1971: end Vietnam involvement; 2008: end Mideast involvement.
    Joe Biden: Opposition to European alliances like NATO is dumb.
    Pete Buttigieg: Pay attention to assessments of intelligence agencies.
    Julian Castro: Strengthen our relationship with allies to keep us safe.
    Joe Biden: $750M to Central America to address root cause of migration.
    Joe Biden: Revive Alliance for Prosperity with Central America.
Free Trade
    Beto O`Rourke: Traveled to Asia with Obama to push TPP.
Government Reform
    Democratic Party: $2M to register 200,000 Florida non-voters.
    Mike Bloomberg: Fund voter registration in FL, WI, OH, MI, and PA.
    Pete Buttigieg: Need to depoliticize Supreme Court.
    Beto O`Rourke: Increase Supreme Court to 15 independent Justices.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supports term limits for Congress.
    Amy Klobuchar: Automatically register citizens to vote when they turn 18.
    Jay Inslee: End the filibuster; it dooms good legislation.
    John Delaney: Nationally televised debates between President and Congress.
    Pete Buttigieg: Open to expanding judiciary in reaction to GOP actions.
    Pete Buttigieg: Get rid of the Electoral College.
Gun Control
    Eric Swalwell: After mass shootings, time to make gun control an issue.
    Tim Ryan: Soured on NRA after Sandy Hook.
    Pete Buttigieg: Yes to gun control and universal background checks.
Health Care
    Amy Klobuchar: For public option, taking on Big Pharma.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supports Medicare for America as public option.
    Pete Buttigieg: Single payer option can lead to Medicare for all.
    Beto O`Rourke: Eventually make "health care for all" a reality.
    Pete Buttigieg: Medicare for all who want it: public option.
    Amy Klobuchar: Medicare-for-all is aspirational and for the future, not now.
    Pete Buttigieg: Single rate for healthcare before single payer.
    Michael Bennet: Make public plan optional; others can keep private insurance.
    Pete Buttigieg: Single payer can still allow role for private insurance.
    Mike Bloomberg: We can never afford to replace employer-based health system.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: Provide a public option to get to universal coverage.
    John Hickenlooper: Too soon to make changes in Obamacare.
    Michael Bennet: Single payer would lead to massive tax increase.
Homeland Security
    Pete Buttigieg: Be serious about security like Israel, but live freely.
    Joe Biden: Refugee policy is an embarrassment.
    Julian Castro: Supported military expansion into cybersecurity.
Immigration
    Amy Klobuchar: Immigrants crucial to labor & management.
    John Hickenlooper: Need a comprehensive reevaluation of our immigration laws.
    Beto O`Rourke: Condemns President Trump's wall; "Walls end lives".
    Beto O`Rourke: Raise cap on work visas; find pathway to citizenship.
    Jay Inslee: Illegal immigration not a national emergency.
    Pete Buttigieg: Supports DACA and easing deportation policies.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: Pathway to citizenship for DREAMers.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: Pathway to citizenship gets immigrants connected.
    Julian Castro: Compassion for refugees, pathway for those here.
    Joe Biden: Focus on refugee asylum seekers at home in Northern Triangle.
    Michael Bennet: Trump is anti-immigrant; immigrants are a positive force.
    Michael Bennet: America is a unique place for refugees to succeed.
Jobs
    Pete Buttigieg: Government must be pro-active with changing economy.
    Tim Ryan: Progressive goals should be sold as job creation.
    Joe Biden: We need "moral capitalism" and corporate responsibility.
    Julian Castro: Opposed unionizing city employees.
    Pete Buttigieg: Unions good for US workers, but not NAFTA.
    Julian Castro: Minimum wage should be a living wage.
Principles & Values
    Eric Swalwell: If you work hard it adds up to dreaming bigger.
    Mike Gravel: 2008: YouTube political "video art" went viral.
    Pete Buttigieg: Progressive, but not concerned with labels.
    John Hickenlooper: Work with Republicans to advance progressive priorities.
    Julian Castro: Make America smartest, healthiest, fairest & most prosperous.
    Pete Buttigieg: Would be youngest president ever, and first mayor.
    Tulsi Gabbard: To understand socialism, look at Venezuela.
    Tulsi Gabbard: Labels like "capitalist" and "socialist" are misused.
    Michael Bennet: Most Democrats are not socialists and should say so.
    Joe Biden: Restore America's soul: bigotry is not an American value.
    Mike Bloomberg: American Cities Initiative philanthropies gave away $6.4B.
Tax Reform
    Cory Booker: Helped people claim earned-income tax credit.
    Amy Klobuchar: Changes in corporate tax would fund infrastructure.
    Beto O`Rourke: Wealth tax would generate revenue for 'common benefit'.
    Beto O`Rourke: Everyone should sacrifice, with higher top marginal tax rate.
    Julian Castro: Senior/disabled property tax freeze favored wealthy.
    Elizabeth Warren: Wealth tax: $4.1 billion per year on fortune of $137 billion.
    Mike Bloomberg: Progressive tax yes; wealth tax no.
    Mike Bloomberg: The wealthy prefer the current rigged system.
    Mike Bloomberg: Wealth tax is unconstitutional counterproductive.
    Elizabeth Warren: Curb inequality: 2% tax on assets over $50M; 3% over $1B.
    Julian Castro: Top earners, corporations should pay "fair share".
    Elizabeth Warren: Making housing affordable by raising estate tax.
Technology
    Beto O`Rourke: Regulating Big Tech is more sensical approach than breakup.
    Beto O`Rourke: Member of hacktivist group, "Cult of the Dead Cow".
    Elizabeth Warren: Break up Big Tech companies: they stifle innovation.
    John Delaney: Bipartisanship on infrastructure, digital privacy, and more.
War & Peace
    Julian Castro: Opposed troops in Syria, but have to plan withdrawal.
    Mike Gravel: 2008: searing indictment of Democratic support of Iraq war.
    Tulsi Gabbard: No more wars for regime change, like Syria and Afghanistan.
    Joe Biden: US should stand up to aggression of dictators.
    Pete Buttigieg: Pull troops out of Afghanistan, but not Syria.
Welfare & Poverty
    Beto O`Rourke: Pushed "El Paso renaissance": Walmart replaces poor housing.
    Kamala Harris: LIFT Act and Rent Relief: $42 billion to people in poverty.


The above quotations are from Interviews during 2018-2020, interviewing Democratic presidential hopefuls for 2020.

    More citations for 2020 presidential Democratic primary contenders (sources for issue excerpts):
  • Fox News, "Warren says reparations for Native Americans should be 'part of the conversation'," by Adam Shaw, 2/23/2019
  • The Philadelphia Tribune, "Biden speaks at Penn; no hint at 2020 presidential election," by Ryanne Persinger, Feb 20, 2019
  • CommonDreams.org, "Buttigieg Wins Applause for Making 'Pack the Courts' Argument," by Julia Conley, 2/20/2019
  • Politico.com, "Bloomberg calls in his chits," by Marc Caputo, 2/19/2019
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian (U.Penn.), "Biden visited campus on Tuesday," by Max Cohen, Cami Doo, and Grant Bianco, 02/19/19
  • Buzzfeed News, "Harris Supports Changing 'Columbus Day' To 'Indigenous Peoples' Day'," by Molly Hensley-Clancy, Feb. 18, 2019
  • Huffington Post, "Warren To Unveil Sweeping Plan For Universal Child Care," by Jonathan Cohn, 02/18/2019
  • Politico.com, "Klobuchar opts for pragmatic approach in town hall," by Elena Schneider, 2/18/2019
  • The Washington Post, "Trump foreign policy under attack from all sides," by Griff Witte and Michael Birnbaum, Feb. 16, 2019
  • Washington Examiner, "Biden tells Europeans in Munich that America is 'an embarrassment'," by Joel Gehrke, Feb. 16, 2019
  • Jacobin Magazine, "Julian Castro's Early, Neoliberal Years," by Branko Marcetic, 2/15/2019
  • PBS Newshour, "What does Pete Buttigieg believe? Where the candidate stands on 7 issues," by Jessica Yarvin, 2.15.2019
  • New York Magazine, "A Long Talk With Pete Buttigieg," by Gabriel Debenedetti, 2/14/2019
  • The New Yorker, "Pete Buttigieg's Quiet Rebellion", by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, 2/9/2019
  • The Economist, "Elizabeth Warren’s Unusual Brand of Wonkish Populism," Feb. 9, 2019
  • Christian Science Monitor, "For political stars like Beto and Stacey, powerful brands outshine losses," February 5, 2019
  • The Economist, "How much of a socialist is Sanders?," Feb. 1, 2019
  • Vox.com, "5 anti-poverty plans from 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, explained," by Dylan Matthews, Jan 30, 2019
  • Politico.com, "Bloomberg creates own lane in N.H. swing, by Stephanie Murray, 01/29/2019
  • Washington Examiner, "Scourge of the socialists?," by Philip Wegmann, January 29, 2019
  • The Atlantic, "Harris's Campaign Strategy: Don't Pick a Lane," by Edward-Isaac Dovere, Jan. 22, 2019
  • Jacobin Magazine, "Socialism and Progressives," 1/8/2019
  • The Atlantic, "Cory Booker's Theory of Love," by Franklin Foer, Dec 17, 2018
  • BuzzFeed News, "Could This Unknown Montana Governor Be Our Next President?," by Anne Helen Petersen, September 29, 2018
  • Atlantic Magazine, "Warren's Ambitious Fix for America's Housing Crisis," by Madeleine Carlisle, Sep. 25, 2018
  • Houston Chronicle, "O'Rourke: Texas should lead the way on true criminal justice reform," by Beto O'Rourke, 8/27/2018
  • Jacobin Magazine, "Biden on Mass Incarceration," 8/9/18
  • Washington Post, "Border Won't Be Secure Until Central America Is," by Joseph R. Biden Jr., June 25, 2018
  • The Atlantic, "Delusions and Realities of the Immigration Debate," by Adam Serwer, Jan. 24, 2018
  • Jacobin Magazine, "Democrats Against Single Payer," by Branko Marcetic, 3/29/2017

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