Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
| Fire and Fury,|
by Michael Wolff (2018)
| Trump Revealed,|
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
| The Making of Donald Trump,|
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
| Promise Me, Dad ,|
by Joe Biden (2017)
| The Book of Joe ,|
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
| 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)
| Our Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
| This Fight Is Our Fight,|
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
|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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| 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)
August Wolf: Pro-choice but no federal funding for abortion.
Bob Stefanowski: Don't make abortion illegal; but parental notification ok.
Catherine Templeton: 100% pro-life; won't back down.
Dan Malloy: Free birth control coverage.
Leora Levy: Signed pledge she believes life begins at conception.
Leora Levy: Switched views on abortion and Trump, now opposes abortion.
Matthew Corey: Pro-choice.
Ned Lamont: Criticizes Republican candidate: "choice is on the ballot".
Themis Klarides: Her voting record endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut.
Tom Foley: Pro-choice.
Leora Levy: Life begins at conception.
Themis Klarides: Pro-choice.
Budget & Economy|
Bob Stefanowski: Smart, responsible fiscal reform will turn around economy.
Bob Stefanowski: Take a holistic approach to modernize infrastructure.
Christopher Shays: OpEd: Spent $200M on "Bridge to Nowhere".
Dan Carter: Too much of our economy is controlled by federal government.
Dan Malloy: Vision for economic revival, not just recovery.
David Walker: 2007: deficit spending saddles millennials with debts.
Heidi Heitkamp: Quit playing blame game & pass Balanced Budget Amendment.
Jack Orchulli: Enforce the constitutional spending CAP backed by facts.
Joe Visconti: Unfunded liabilities crush our financial plans.
Leora Levy: Capitalism is the greatest system ever devised.
Maggie Hassan: Invest to keep economy moving forward post-Recession.
Matthew Corey: Washington's unbalanced budget affects all states.
Matthew Corey: Wasteful spending and regulations crippling jobs.
Ned Lamont: No more funny math in budget; balanced for future.
Ned Lamont: $30M in COVID relief to restaurants, hospitality industry.
Rick Berg: We need a budget that comes to closure, and reins in deficit.
Themis Klarides: Democrats coming to pick you pocket instead of spending cuts.
Tom Foley: AdWatch: Malloy's policies drive jobs out of state.
Tom Foley: Tax credits are spending; oppose $400M job expansion credits.
Ned Lamont: Small business boost fund invested in over 100 new companies.
Ann-Marie Adams: President of the Conn. Association of Black Communicators.
August Wolf: Signed Supreme Court amicus brief favoring same-sex marriage.
Bob Stefanowski: I'm a civil rights Republican, not a white nationalist.
Bob Stefanowski: Transgender policy in school sports needs to be evaluated.
Dan Carter: NO on including gender identity in anti-discrimination law.
Dan Malloy: CT shattered the glass ceiling with first female governor.
Dan Malloy: Include gender identity in anti-discrimination law.
Dan Malloy: Prohibit "conversion therapy" of gay youth.
Joe Visconti: Labelled Chinese candidate as "Kim Jong Tong".
Leora Levy: Opposes trans rights: boys don't belong in girls' sports.
Linda McMahon: Allow gays to openly serve in military, but do it cautiously.
Maggie Hassan: Women earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.
Matthew Corey: Supports same-sex marriage.
Prasad Srinivasan: Prohibit "conversion therapy" of gay youth.
Richard Blumenthal: CT statutes do not allow same-sex marriage licenses.
Themis Klarides: Prohibit "conversion therapy" of gay youth.
Themis Klarides: NO on including gender identity in anti-discrimination law.
Themis Klarides: 2012: Urged GOP to support civil unions for same sex couples.
Tom Foley: Maintain gay marriage law, although personally against it.
Ann-Marie Adams: Racial injustice:Black student debt disproportionately worse.
August Wolf: Not everyone who works on Wall Street is a criminal.
Dan Malloy: First Five program: leverage public to private funding.
Dan Malloy: Small Business Express Program: grants for 944 companies.
Dan Malloy: Businesses should suggest which state regulations to abandon.
Dan Malloy: Invest state funds in businesses that preserve in-state jobs.
Heidi Heitkamp: Fought attempt to weaken ND bank privacy laws.
Mark Lauretti: Top priority: don't over-burden business.
Matthew Corey: Government regulations stifling small businesses.
Richard Blumenthal: Eliminate antitrust exception for Major League Baseball.
Tom Foley: Small Business Express Program is too generous with aid.
Tom Foley: Criticized for bankruptcy of a Georgia textile mill.
Tom Foley: Investigate Economic and Community Development loan fraud.
Tom Foley: We pay huge sums in corporate welfare to keep jobs in CT.
Bob Stefanowski: I will advocate for a holistic approach to reform.
Bob Stefanowski: Wrong to take away qualified immunity from police officers.
Dan Carter: Empower both law enforcement and communities together.
Dan Malloy: Prison population has dropped AND recidivism has declined.
Matthew Corey: Supports capital punishment but not mandatory minimums.
Ned Lamont: Larger and more diverse police force, speed up prosecution.
Themis Klarides: Early-release program has let loose many violent offenders.
Themis Klarides: Against legislation removing important police protections.
Tom Foley: Veto efforts to repeal the death penalty.
Tom Foley: Arrested twice for motor vehicle incidents.
Dan Carter: Voted NO on medical marijuana for debilitating conditions.
Dan Malloy: Palliative medical marijuana use for debilitating conditions.
Linda McMahon: Husband acquitted of steroid distribution in WWE.
Linda McMahon: 1989: WWE exonerated unanimously of steroid doctor misdeeds.
Maggie Hassan: Experience & data suggest legalizing marijuana does not help.
Mark Lauretti: Law enforcement AND treatment to fight opioid abuse.
Matthew Corey: Attack drug companies & prescribing doctors first.
Ned Lamont: Work with legislature on legalization of marijuana.
Themis Klarides: Voted NO on medical marijuana for debilitating conditions.
Themis Klarides: Increase penalties for fentanyl, treat it like a narcotic.
Tom Foley: Recreational marijuana use is a gateway drug.
August Wolf: Support home-school, charter schools, & parochial schools.
Bob Stefanowski: Give parents the choice to find a school that works for them.
Catherine Templeton: School money & school control should be local.
Dan Carter: Bottom-up decisions on schools, not top-down politicians.
Dan Malloy: Had learning disability when there were no support programs.
Dan Malloy: $22M for new charter schools over three years.
Leora Levy: Always defend Parental Rights and Freedom of Choice.
Leora Levy: Claimed COVID funds used to teach critical race theory.
Mark Lauretti: Get the government out of the classroom.
Matthew Corey: Wants vouchers for school choice, empower states.
Peter Lumaj: Expand charter schools and the voucher program.
Tom Foley: Local control instead of Common Core mandates.
Tom Foley: In-district public school choice, money follows the child.
Tom Foley: Charters are part of the solution, but not whole solution.
Tom Foley: Ran on platform of school choice.
Ann-Marie Adams: Lack of minority teachers led to achievement gap.
Energy & Oil|
August Wolf: Support domestic exploration for clean coal, oil, and gas.
Dan Malloy: Leverage private capital to deliver renewable energy.
Dan Malloy: Moving Canadian oil thru the US is not best for the economy.
Dan Malloy: Aggressively pursue clean energy.
Danny Drew: Enacted sustainable, green energy policies.
Joseph Lieberman: Cheney energy bill was imperfect but good for CT.
Matthew Corey: Yes to Keystone; no to funding renewables.
Ned Lamont: Cheney energy bill keeps us dependent on foreign oil.
Ned Lamont: Carbon free electric grid; transportation system to follow.
Peter Lumaj: Develop our vast natural gas and oil reserves.
Tom Foley: No gas tax increase to pay for rail transport.
Ned Lamont: Control our energy supply chain so Putin and Saudis can't.
Bob Stefanowski: Make sure that environmental regulations make sense.
Danny Drew: Restored Middletown's waterfront & public parks.
Families & Children|
Dan Malloy: Permanently establish the Office of Early Childhood.
Dan Malloy: 21-year-old son arrested in robbery, suffering depression.
Jahana Hayes: Supports gay marriage & equal constitutional rights.
Matthew Corey: Investigate Hollywood's systematic sexual abuse.
Ned Lamont: Paid time off to new parents and caregivers.
Ned Lamont: Proposed 12 weeks paid family leave from 1/2% payroll tax.
Bob Stefanowski: Helps set up, support school for Ukrainian refugee children.
China_Book: China is watching what we do in Ukraine.
Dan Carter: Policy of stupefied bystander erodes America's stature.
Joseph Lieberman: North Korean missiles were provocative, but don't over-react.
Leora Levy: Maintain an unbreakable alliance between the US and Israel.
Leora Levy: American Policy should include regime change in Iran.
Linda McMahon: Sustainable 2-state solution in Israel; no settlement freeze.
Ned Lamont: Biggest threat to US is rogue nation with nukes.
Richard Blumenthal: 2-state solution in Israel after Palestine stops terrorism.
Richard Blumenthal: China is watching what we do in Ukraine.
August Wolf: Ratify fast-track trade authority and TPP.
Dan Carter: Oppose TTP as neither free trade nor fair trade.
Dan Malloy: Make sure entire world knows: CT is open for business.
Dan Malloy: Trade trips to China to promote aerospace & bioscience.
Joseph Lieberman: Connecticut jobs rely on exports.
Maggie Hassan: N.H. is fastest-growing state in the nation for exports.
Ned Lamont: Lieberman never saw a trade agreement he didn't like.
Ned Lamont: Negotiate strong labor & enviro into trade agreements.
Bob Stefanowski: Budget information should be a click away.
Bob Stefanowski: Biden won the election and it's past time to move on.
Dan Carter: Democrats do nothing but raise campaign cash for re-election.
Dan Carter: Fully fund the Citizens' Election Fund (public finance).
Dan Malloy: Require state government to use GAAP accounting principles.
Dan Malloy: Cut state agencies by 28% and cut state workforce by 9%.
Dan Malloy: Fully fund the Citizens' Election Fund (public finance).
Jack Orchulli: Won't accept a dime of special interest money.
Joe Visconti: State & feds should pay for construction inspection failures.
Joseph Lieberman: Public has right to know candidate's personal income taxes.
Joseph Lieberman: Earmarks are great for Connecticut.
Mark Lauretti: Opposed publicly finance campaigns, but will participate.
Matthew Corey: Don't regulate union/corporate campaign contributions.
Ned Lamont: Earmarks should be outlawed as lobbyist over-influence.
Ned Lamont: Easier absentee ballots, early voting should be permanent.
Ned Lamont: Let's make easier absentee balloting a reality for everyone.
Peter Lumaj: Peter's Plan: require voter ID; end same-day registration.
Prasad Srinivasan: Fully fund the Citizens' Election Fund (public finance).
Themis Klarides: NO on funding the Citizens' Election Fund (public finance).
Themis Klarides: Doesn't agree with Trump that 2020 election was stolen.
Tom Foley: 2010: criticized public campaign financing; 2014: accepts it.
Tom Foley: AdWatch: Complains about ethics, but was fined for PAC.
Ann-Marie Adams: Newtown massacre exposes race and class prejudice.
August Wolf: Never disarm law abiding Americans.
Bob Stefanowski: No more gun controls; gun owners have been persecuted.
Catherine Templeton: Gun owner & NRA member.
Chris Murphy: NRA has more control over Congress than any other group.
Chris Murphy: Teachers don't want to be armed; nor do parents or students.
Chris Murphy: Stricter gun control laws on a federal level.
Dan Carter: Voted NO on restricting sales of "long guns" and ammo by age.
Dan Carter: Represented Newtown; but opposed gun control after shooting.
Dan Malloy: More guns are not the answer to gun violence.
Dan Malloy: Restrict sales of "long guns" and ammunition capacity by age.
Dan Malloy: Close loopholes; ban bump stocks.
Dan Malloy: Allow early voting, explore vote by mail.
Dan Malloy: NRA has developed into a terrorist organization.
Jahana Hayes: Constituents want gun control, and Hayes will work on it.
Leora Levy: Firmly believes in the Right to Bear Arms.
Maggie Hassan: Background check system to avoid gun sales to mentally ill.
Matthew Corey: Gun control needs more mental health programs.
Ned Lamont: We learn first hand the cost of unregulated gun ownership.
Ned Lamont: Ban bump stocks, and other common sense restrictions.
Ned Lamont: You can't be tough on crime if you are weak on guns!
Prasad Srinivasan: It is person behind AR15s that bring about massacres.
Themis Klarides: Restrict sales of "long guns" and ammunition capacity by age.
Themis Klarides: Supported gun control measure adopted after Sandy Hook.
Tom Foley: Enough on gun control; focus on preventing another Newtown.
Tom Foley: Supports 2nd amendment but require reporting stolen firearms.
Tom Foley: Let stand current gun laws, but no specific proposals.
Tom Foley: Newtown law added inconveniences on law-abiding citizens.
Chris Murphy: Inconceivable Congress hasn't addressed gun violence.
Ann-Marie Adams: Expand Medicaid and reduce disparities.
August Wolf: Repeal ObamaCare: all of it; immediately.
Bob Stefanowski: Expand access to private healthcare for veterans.
Bob Stefanowski: Government option is fine, but give people more choices.
Dan Carter: Government-run ObamaCare screams out to repeal & replace.
Dan Malloy: Healthcare a fundamental right.
Jack Orchulli: No billions for public option; keep skin in the game.
Matthew Corey: Let health care be governed by the free market.
Ned Lamont: Why hasn't Lieberman ever signed onto universal healthcare?
Peter Lumaj: Repeal ObamaCare; create market-based health care system.
Themis Klarides: Supported adequate funding of state's Medicaid program.
Tom Foley: Post costs for treatments to give consumers options.
August Wolf: Demand accountability in Department of Veterans Affairs.
August Wolf: VA administration has been sorely mismanaged.
Bob Stefanowski: Encourage the hiring of Veterans and their spouses.
Chris Murphy: Russia never stopped interfering in American politics.
Dan Carter: Restore troops to being nimble, smart and relentless.
Dan Malloy: Pledge to end homelessness for veterans by end of 2015.
Joseph Lieberman: Last thing we want is to release dangerous Gitmo detainees.
Leora Levy: A powerful military reinforces the efficacy of diplomacy.
Linda McMahon: Terrorists only need to succeed once; we must succeed always.
Maggie Hassan: Thank veterans for unyielding dedication to our freedom.
Matthew Corey: Veterans cannot be ignored or forgotten.
Ned Lamont: Gitmo, wiretaps, & Haditha have weakened our moral authority.
Peter Lumaj: Peace through strength to defeat terrorism.
Richard Blumenthal: Apologizes again for having said he served in Vietnam.
Richard Blumenthal: End unfair copays charged to veterans for contraception.
Tom Foley: Appoint veteran-friendly Commissioner of Veterans Affairs.
Ann-Marie Adams: Immigrants need their voices to be heard.
August Wolf: Build a wall & aggressively enforce immigration laws.
Catherine Templeton: Cracked down on undocumented workers.
Dan Carter: NO on loosening in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
Dan Malloy: Loosen in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
Dan Malloy: Muslim ban harkens back to darkest times in our history.
Joseph Lieberman: Now it's too easy to come in across our border.
Joseph Lieberman: Earn citizenship only after 11 years of waiting within rules.
Leora Levy: Closing our borders is paramount in the pursuit of safety.
Leora Levy: Opposes permanent legal status for DACA young adults.
Linda McMahon: More merit-based system for green card & citizenship.
Linda McMahon: No amnesty; enforce immigration laws.
Matthew Corey: Build border wall; deport those illegally present.
Ned Lamont: Focus on employers hiring, not on building fences.
Ned Lamont: Give illegal immigrants a path to earned citizenship.
Peter Lumaj: Albanian refugee but opposes sanctuary cities.
Richard Blumenthal: Enact comprehensive solution; piecemeal approach fails.
Themis Klarides: NO on loosening in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
Themis Klarides: Opposed driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Tom Foley: We need a federal comprehensive immigration policy.
Tom Foley: House child refugee immigrants at Southbury Training School.
August Wolf: Minimum wage of $15 per hour is too high; find middle ground.
Catherine Templeton: Fought to keep unions out of SC.
Dan Malloy: We created 9,400 new, private sector jobs in the last year.
Dan Malloy: Pushed bill to protect advanced manufacturing jobs.
Joe Visconti: Opposes state public employee unions.
Joseph Lieberman: My seniority helps me deliver contracts and jobs to CT.
Linda McMahon: WWE has created 20 jobs annually for 28 years.
Linda McMahon: Six-point jobs growth plan; cut taxes for the middle class.
Ned Lamont: Invest in infrastructure to create local jobs.
Ned Lamont: Better training and support for workers: STEM and vo-tech.
Ned Lamont: On way to $15 minimum wage, indexed for inflation.
Richard Blumenthal: Contractors without health insurance aren't good jobs.
Tom Foley: Pledge not to change public employee collective bargaining.
Tom Foley: Raise minimum wage nationally, but focus on jobs in CT.
Tom Foley: OpEd: His company moved 3,000 jobs to Mexico.
Ned Lamont: Medical leave & expanded childcare helps working people .
Principles & Values|
Al Gore: Stand for the people and against special interests.
August Wolf: Represented America at 1984 Olympics.
August Wolf: Participated in 1984 Olympics, as shot-put athlete.
Dan Malloy: Don't listen to the critics; Connecticut is moving forward.
Joseph Lieberman: I'm not George Bush, but Lamont is running against him.
Joseph Lieberman: Would run Independent due to Lamont's single-issue candidacy.
Leora Levy: Knows what happens when Communism conquers a country.
Leora Levy: America's founding was a miracle.
Linda McMahon: OpEd: Spent $50M of her own money on 2010 Senate race.
Maggie Hassan: We do democracy better: we argue but then solve problems.
Mark Lauretti: Denies involvement in two Shelton development scandals.
Ned Lamont: I say what I mean, and I mean what I say.
Ned Lamont: If Lieberman won't take on George Bush, I will.
Ned Lamont: My support is grassroots -- stand up and be clear.
Ned Lamont: Democrats should present constructive alternatives to Bush.
Ned Lamont: Important to reset relationships with regional states.
Ned Lamont: I have zero tolerance for any ethical malfeasance.
Tom Foley: AdWatch: NYC residents should move to CT under new governor.
Tom Foley: Partial facial paralysis means he smiles on only left side.
Tom Foley: Will not participate in primary debates.
Tom Foley: 1981: Arrested for 1st-degree attempted assault in car crash.
Ned Lamont: Just turned 69; getting older is kind of liberating.
Dan Malloy: Restructure pension benefits to address chronic underfunding.
Dan Malloy: 78% of our state pension fund is making up for past mistakes.
Joseph Lieberman: I looked at privatization but decided against it.
Linda McMahon: Don't take benefits away from seniors.
Matthew Corey: Social Security isn't an entitlement but a benefit.
Ned Lamont: No common ground with Bush on privatization.
Themis Klarides: Supported increased tax exemption for Social Security.
August Wolf: Tax reform to allow private industry to create jobs.
Bob Stefanowski: Eliminate the state income tax over the next 8 years.
Bob Stefanowski: Immediately cut the sales tax, eliminate new restaurant tax.
Catherine Templeton: Fiscal conservative for low taxes.
Dan Carter: Common sense tax policies to unleash power of entrepreneurs.
David Walker: 2007: higher taxes needed; 2018: not so much.
Heidi Heitkamp: Never eliminate home mortgage deduction.
Jack Orchulli: End over-spending by self-serving career politicians.
Leora Levy: Claims Inflation Reduction Act raises taxes, adds to deficit.
Linda McMahon: Economy is fragile; don't raise taxes in a recession.
Linda McMahon: Make Bush tax cuts permanent or CT loses 8.500 jobs.
Mark Lauretti: Lower taxes & be business-friendly.
Matthew Corey: Wants lower corporate and middle class tax rates.
Ned Lamont: Middle-class gets hammered by $800B federal deficit.
Ned Lamont: Expand business tax credit to repay employee student loans.
Ned Lamont: Eliminate income tax on pension and 401K income for most.
Peter Lumaj: Simplify the tax code with a Flat Tax.
Richard Blumenthal: Nation's wealthiest don't need extension of Bush tax breaks.
Richard Blumenthal: Extending Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 2% is wrong.
Themis Klarides: Connecticut GOP stands for cutting taxes, limiting spending.
Ned Lamont: I don't want more taxes, I want more taxpayers.
Ned Lamont: Now is the time to enact a meaningful middle-class tax cut.
Ann-Marie Adams: Blend digital technology with underserved areas.
Catherine Templeton: Infrastructure repair a top priority.
Dan Malloy: Invest in Jackson Labs & Bioscience Connecticut.
Dan Malloy: Develop CT's deepwater ports & Bradley airport.
Dan Malloy: Innovation Ecosystem: connect investors for high-skill jobs.
Dan Malloy: On-time on-budget completion of Q Bridge project & CTfastrak.
Mark Lauretti: Make repairs; claim abandoned properties.
Ned Lamont: Internet access not just nice to have, it's a necessity.
Richard Blumenthal: Engage private sector to gather intel for homeland security.
Tom Foley: No comment on reducing mass transit funding.
War & Peace|
August Wolf: We can't trust the Iranian terrorist regime with nukes.
Chris Murphy: Executing foreign political figures opens Pandora's box.
Chris Murphy: It's dangerous that administration is not talking to Iran.
Dan Carter: ISIS threat is very real both at home and abroad.
Matthew Corey: Increase American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts.
Joseph Lieberman: Overthrowing Saddam was right, and we can't abandon Iraq now.
Joseph Lieberman: Getting out too soon will be a disaster for Iraq and for us.
Linda McMahon: Support sanctions on Iran; keep all options on table.
Matthew Corey: Strong proponent of the war in Iraq.
Matthew Corey: ISIS must be eliminated at all costs.
Ned Lamont: $250M per day in Iraq better spent on domestic issues.
Ned Lamont: Lieberman is only person confused about my position on Iraq.
Ned Lamont: 6 months to withdraw from front lines; 12 months out of Iraq.
Richard Blumenthal: Strengthen sanctions on Iran, adding an arms embargo.
Richard Blumenthal: Cautious support of Iran nuclear deal; needs more oversight.
Welfare & Poverty|
Dan Malloy: $103 million to maintain the safety net.
Maggie Hassan: Help Out New Hampshire volunteerism tour.
Tom Foley: New urban enterprise zones and urban renewal initiatives.