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)
Laura Kelly: Endorsed by Planned Parenthood.
Jeff Colyer: Kansas prohibited slavery and prohibited abortion together.
Sam Brownback: I dream of cherishing life at every stage.
Carl Brewer: Supports reproductive rights.
Jeff Colyer: Staunchly anti-abortion.
Wink Hartman: Protect life from conception to natural death.
Ron Estes: Lead the fight to protect the unborn.
Ron Estes: Strong advocate for the unborn.
Jerry Moran: Life from conception is sacred and must be defended.
Roger Marshall: Opposes any efforts to use taxpayer funding for abortions.
Patrick Wiesner: A woman bears the burdens; so trust her judgment.
Sam Brownback: Need to permanently end tax funding for Planned Parenthood.
Kris Kobach: Planned Parenthood like Nazi doctor.
Greg Orman: Supports access to abortion services.
Pat Roberts: Let insurance plans deny abortions based on employer beliefs.
Randall Batson: Support abortion as a woman's right.
Randall Batson: Focus on alternatives such as adoption & foster children.
Milton Wolf: Human life begins at conception.
Chad Taylor: No prosecution of Planned Parenthood for lost reports.
Jim Slattery: Record in US Congress in support of abortion rights.
Pat Roberts: Staunch stance as an advocate for life and families.
Budget & Economy|
Greg Orman: Economic development plan instead of lazy tax cuts.
Wink Hartman: Run Kansas like a business.
Wink Hartman: Low balanced budget without political gridlock.
Ron Estes: Returned $113M in unclaimed property, including tax refunds.
Ron Estes: Support a balanced budget amendment.
Sam Brownback: The days of "tax first, cut never" have come to an end.
Roger Marshall: Get government out of the way, to allow prosperity.
Patrick Wiesner: Pay off $19T national debt over a period of 25 years.
Patrick Wiesner: Paying off the national debt is the duty of baby boomers.
Ron Estes: We returned $65 million to Kansans to help grow the economy.
Randall Batson: Market-led recovery instead of federal stimulus.
Patrick Wiesner: End Washington DC's "let's borrow money" culture.
Patrick Wiesner: Generate surpluses & not deficits; pay off our national debt.
Pat Roberts: Ok to spend in time of war; otherwise don't be over-generous.
Milton Wolf: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
Greg Orman: Report federal spending by strict accounting standards.
Chad Taylor: Budget cuts threaten basic prosecutorial services.
Mark Parkinson: Constitutionally require set-aside for emergency fund.
Bill Graves: Reauthorize the Kansas state lottery.
Jeff Colyer: No commitment to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination.
Jeff Colyer: No executive order banning LGBT worker discrimination.
Kathleen Sebelius: 2007: Prohibit discrimination on basis of gender identity.
Kris Kobach: Do nothing to protect the rights of LGBT workers.
Sam Brownback: 2015: Repeal ban on gender identity discrimination.
Carl Brewer: Protect civil rights, not judge morality.
Ron Estes: Kansas ABLE: tax-free savings for people with disabilities.
Patrick Wiesner: Marriage for two same-sex persons making a life commitment.
Greg Orman: Government should not prohibit same-sex marriage.
Randall Batson: Opposes affirmative action.
Randall Batson: Indifferent to same-sex marriage.
Chad Taylor: Advocate for equality, including equal pay for equal work.
Chad Taylor: Make bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Milton Wolf: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Charlie Hardy: Equal pay for equal work.
Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted 9-year-long rape case.
Mark Parkinson: Embrace diversity rather than rejecting new citizens.
George W. Bush: Education, housing, and hiring must be equal for all.
Jean Carnahan: Advocated for Equal Rights Amendment.
John McCain: We donít need laws against Spanish language & culture.
Howard Phillips: Censorship is dumbing down our children.
Laura Kelly: Experiment of no taxes on businesses drained our budget.
Patrick Wiesner: CPA who owns a tax, bankruptcy, and business law practice.
Jeff Colyer: Caitlin's Law: strengthen penalties for repeat DUI offenders.
Carl Brewer: Ensure safety with adequate funding and staffing.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes stricter punishment to reduce crime.
Randall Batson: Eliminate mandatory minimums; balance with rehabilitation.
Kris Kobach: Supports death penalty and mandatory minimums.
Carl Brewer: Legalize recreational marijuana to diversify farm crops.
Greg Orman: Legalize medical marijuana & decriminalize recreational use.
Jeff Colyer: No proof that marijuana treats any medical conditions.
Kris Kobach: Skeptical of medical marijuana; we can't limit it.
Laura Kelly: Supports medical marijuana and treatment over incarceration.
Jeff Colyer: Scourge of opioid and meth epidemics affect everyone.
Patrick Wiesner: Failure to stop opioid drug trade is a failure of government.
Patrick Wiesner: Legalizing pot would be surrender, but treat addicts who ask.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports legalizing marijuana.
Chad Taylor: Legalizing marijuana may decrease crime & increase revenue.
Randall Batson: Legalization yields better results than current turf wars.
Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted case on hallucinogenic level-2 drugs.
Kris Kobach: Stricter punishment for importing & selling drugs.
Laura Kelly: Expand pre-K programs; fully fund our K-12 schools.
Jeff Colyer: My (Re) Employment Plan: KANSASWORKS technical education.
Jeff Colyer: Invest in early childhood education & invest in our future.
Jeff Colyer: Increased investments in K-12 Education.
Sam Brownback: Court-ordered education funding won't solve every problem.
Kris Kobach: End in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
Wink Hartman: Solemn state responsibility to ensure education resources.
Ron Estes: Oppose government telling us how to educate our children.
Ron Estes: More visibility for Learning Quest college savings program.
Carl Brewer: Same resources for urban/rural schools as wealthy districts.
Sam Brownback: TeachersKan: scholarship program for Kansas college students.
Sam Brownback: More education money should be going to instruction.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports parents choosing schools via vouchers.
Patrick Wiesner: More revenue to increase K-12 funding and college funding.
Milton Wolf: Block federal mandates such as Common Core.
Greg Orman: National innovation for high student achievement.
Mark Parkinson: World-class public school system is investment in future.
Kris Kobach: No unfunded mandates; yes charters & vouchers.
John Kerry: Chides Bush for not fully funding No Child Left Behind.
Kathleen Sebelius: Education First: Target additional $300M where most needed.
Kathleen Sebelius: Minimize the need for college tuition increases.
Kathleen Sebelius: Review district finances and bring efficiency.
Kathleen Sebelius: Pay teachers adequately and provide them with health care.
Wesley Clark: Decries lack of funding for No Child Left Behind.
Bill Graves: More funding for special education and parental services.
Howard Phillips: Education debate today is about sex & crime.
Howard Phillips: Schools sponsor the official state religion of humanism.
Howard Phillips: Separate education from state, or itís establishing religion.
Energy & Oil|
Laura Kelly: For alternative energy that benefits the state, like wind.
Sam Brownback: I dream of Kansas exporting wind power across America.
Patrick Wiesner: Build Keystone pipeline without environmental mistakes.
Patrick Wiesner: Remove tax credits for wind energy & agri-biodiesel fuels.
Patrick Wiesner: End tax credits for wind energy & biofuel--they're gimmicks.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes prioritizing green energy.
Patrick Wiesner: Support the Keystone Pipeline, with environmental safeguards.
Milton Wolf: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Chad Taylor: "Wind cowboys" maintain fields of windmills in west Kansas.
Sam Brownback: New wind energy projects; make KS the Renewable State.
Mark Parkinson: Bring wind farms and green jobs to Kansas.
Kris Kobach: Develop traditional energy resources, plus ANWR.
Laura Kelly: Opposes cuts to EPA's funding; environment needs protection.
Sam Brownback: I dream of a Kansas known as the Renewable State.
Ron Estes: Fight the intrusive arm of the EPA.
Carl Brewer: Community partnerships to clean up polluted Superfund sites.
Roger Marshall: Puddles are not wetlands; ditches are not navigable streams.
Patrick Wiesner: Why do we waste effort on lesser prairie chicken regulation?
Sam Brownback: Stewardship for water resources to lengthen useful life.
Randall Batson: Indifferent to whether there's a 'right' against pollution.
Greg Orman: Rein in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Chad Taylor: Good farmers use best practices, as stewards of the land.
Greg Orman: We can protect our environment AND create jobs.
Pat Roberts: For early farm bill, but final bill had too many subsidies.
Kris Kobach: Relax rules on logging & recreational usage.
Howard Phillips: Property rights are ours, not governmentís.
Families & Children|
Jeff Colyer: Safe and professional workplace, free from sexual harassment.
Jeff Colyer: More child welfare staff; more family programs.
Patrick Wiesner: Ancestors immigrated to Kansas; kids raised in Kansas.
Kris Kobach: Gay marriage makes it worse for traditional families.
Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted case on child sexual exploitation.
Jean Carnahan: Workplace child-care & more commitment to families.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports maintaining U.S. sovereignty from the U.N.
Chad Taylor: Diplomatic solutions are always preferable.
Greg Orman: Eliminate our country's dependence on foreign creditors.
Charlie Hardy: Most military people want peace-making foreign policies.
Pat Roberts: Opposed UN ban on discrimination against disabilities.
Kris Kobach: Limit foreign aid; decrease UN support; keep Cuba embargo.
Dick Cheney: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection.
George Tenet: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection.
Jeff Colyer: Devastating impact on Kansas if NAFTA were to go away.
Patrick Wiesner: Protect American companies against foreign dumping.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports expanding free trade.
Chad Taylor: Trade has globalized US, but also exports jobs.
Mark Parkinson: Export planes, energy, & wheat to China, India, & Brazil.
Kris Kobach: Supports NAFTA, GATT, and WTO.
ACLU: Disallow checking citizenship papers to register to vote.
Kris Kobach: Found in contempt for checking voter citizenship to register.
ACLU: Enforce voter registration despite Kansas contempt.
Kris Kobach: Contempt of court for blocking new voter registration.
Jeff Colyer: 4-point plan to increase state government transparency.
Kris Kobach: Tighten restrictions on voting.
Jeff Colyer: Supports voter ID requirements.
Kris Kobach: Vice-chair of Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.
Kris Kobach: Fight widespread voter fraud with strict voting laws.
Ron Estes: Five-year ban on members of Congress working as lobbyists.
Wink Hartman: Replace dysfunction in Topeka with stability.
Roger Marshall: Low voter turnout results from politicians not listening.
Patrick Wiesner: No lobbyist-drafted bills; Senators must read all bills.
Sam Brownback: State Supreme Court justices should be elected not appointed.
Greg Orman: Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Greg Orman: Ban on PACs formed by congressional leaders.
Greg Orman: 12-year term limit for Congress.
Pat Roberts: 2012: No transparency of PAC donors; 2014: Some transparency.
Pat Roberts: No term limits for Congress.
Randall Batson: Indifferent to stricter enforcement of the right to vote.
Patrick Wiesner: Lobbyists should never be allowed to draft laws, nor donate.
Milton Wolf: Photo ID for voting.
Greg Orman: Ballot requirements hinder 3rd-party candidates.
Chad Taylor: Require open meetings for water utility rate-setting.
Kathleen Sebelius: Implemented $85 million in savings and efficiencies.
Kathleen Sebelius: Spending cut to provide a raise for state workers.
Laura Kelly: Supports common sense gun safety measures and safeguards.
Kris Kobach: Opposes restrictions on guns.
Ron Estes: Support the rights of gun owners, sportsmen, and hunters.
Ron Estes: Support for concealed carry reciprocity.
Roger Marshall: Make sure 2nd Amendment rights are never infringed upon.
Patrick Wiesner: Gun rights are limited: no concealed carry on college campus.
Greg Orman: Don't make it easy for a convict to get guns at gun shows.
Pat Roberts: Don't mess with people's right to bear arms.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports an absolute right to gun ownership.
Greg Orman: Owns handguns but supports background checks.
Randall Batson: Possess & trade firearms as owners wish.
Chad Taylor: I'm a gun owner, but we need to enforce gun laws.
Milton Wolf: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Jean Carnahan: Advocated for gun control with sportsmenís rights.
Jeff Colyer: Helped privatize Medicaid as KanCare.
Jeff Colyer: Open meetings on KanCare instead of invitation-only.
Carl Brewer: We all deserve health care, even the poor.
Wink Hartman: Medicaid expansion is important, but Kansas can't fund it.
Ron Estes: ObamaCare must be repealed.
Sam Brownback: Refusing ObamaCare like declining a discount on the Titanic.
Roger Marshall: Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor caring.
Patrick Wiesner: Make ObamaCare work; repeal is unlikely.
Sam Brownback: KanCare at state level better than ObamaCare.
Greg Orman: Futile to repeal ObamaCare while Obama is in office.
Pat Roberts: Immediate and complete repeal of ObamaCare.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes expanding ObamaCare.
Milton Wolf: Repeal ObamaCare & replace with PatientCare free market.
Milton Wolf: Apologizes for posting gruesome medical X-rays on Facebook.
Pat Roberts: First to call for Sebelius resignation over ObamaCare fiasco.
Todd Tiahrt: Calls for Sebelius resignation over ObamaCare fiasco.
Milton Wolf: ObamaCare extends "crony health care" which began in 1929.
Milton Wolf: ObamaCare turns health insurers into public utilities.
Milton Wolf: Free market solutions ALREADY work; so add more.
Todd Tiahrt: FactCheck: Yes, ObamaCare levies some taxes before services.
Mark Parkinson: Enact a real public smoking ban.
Kathleen Sebelius: Reauthorize SCHIP, State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Sonny Perdue: Reauthorize SCHIP, State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Matt Blunt: Allow small businesses to form association health plans.
Kris Kobach: Support tax-free medical savings accounts.
Kathleen Sebelius: Obtain better prices for prescriptions & services.
Bill Graves: Eliminate waiting period for HealthWave child health care.
Bill Graves: More funding for Medicaid matching & pharmaceuticals.
Jean Carnahan: Supports Patient Bill of Rights.
Roger Marshall: Ensure that our military installations are fully funded.
Patrick Wiesner: Served 21 years in military; 3 years in Iraq & Afghanistan.
Sam Brownback: Arm additional security at National Guard facilities.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes expanding the armed forces.
Randall Batson: Bring our troops home; close bases overseas.
Pat Roberts: $200M for new fleet of tankers at McConnell Air Force Base.
Milton Wolf: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Greg Orman: Understand costs of military action, including veterans.
Chad Taylor: Advocate of a national defense respected throughout world.
Jerry Moran: No constitutional rights for terrorists, categorically.
Todd Tiahrt: 2006: For military tribunals to try suspected terrorists.
Jerry Moran: Military tribunals for terrorists are unconstitutional.
Kathleen Sebelius: Strategic Military Planning to protect vital military assets.
Laura Kelly: Wants immigration reform that has clear path to citizenship.
Carl Brewer: Compassionate resolution to immigration issue.
Kris Kobach: Crack down on illegals in Kansas.
Jeff Colyer: Fought in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
Kris Kobach: Kansas shouldn't be the sanctuary state of the Midwest.
Ron Estes: Securing the Southern border must be our first priority.
Roger Marshall: Spend what is necessary to secure our southern border.
Patrick Wiesner: Hispanics are hard workers--but no amnesty.
Greg Orman: Increase border patrols; reduce undocumented immigrant flow.
Pat Roberts: Increase border patrols; reduce undocumented immigrant flow.
Pat Roberts: 1986: Opposed Reagan's immigration limited amnesty bill.
Randall Batson: Supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Randall Batson: Benefits of citizenship only if arrived by legal means.
Chad Taylor: Unmuddy the waters and create a path to citizenship.
Milton Wolf: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Greg Orman: Illegals already here should register and pay taxes.
Todd Akin: Illegal immigrants receiving benefits is unacceptable.
Jerry Moran: No driver's licenses & no college discounts for illegals.
Todd Tiahrt: I've shifted my view: build the fence on Mexican border.
Todd Tiahrt: Compassion for illegals on lower tuition, but no more.
John McCain: No more ballot initiatives against immigration.
Laura Kelly: Endorsed by United Steelworkers:fighter for working families.
Mike Parson: Low unemployment rate now, but new skills needed to move up.
Jeff Colyer: Provide tools to fill 48,000 unfilled jobs in our state.
Greg Orman: Government should create environment conducive to job growth.
Sam Brownback: Plan future 3 millionth Kansan: education, farming, & water.
Sam Brownback: ROZes: Rural Opportunity Zones with income tax waiver.
Principles & Values|
Ron Estes: Won special election with national GOP support.
Carl Brewer: Bring everyone to the table, across party lines.
Carl Brewer: Hobby is competitive barbecuing: his sauce "Brewer's Best".
Jerry Moran: I led the fight to give Republicans control of the Senate.
Randall Batson: Libertarian offers third choice between Orman and Roberts.
Randall Batson: Supports keeping God in the public sphere.
Greg Orman: I've tried both parties and didn't like either.
Chad Taylor: Separation of church and state isn't a relevant issue.
Milton Wolf: OpEd: Tea Party "wolfpack" support; but no apology for X-ray.
Pat Roberts: Group ratings more conservative in 2014 than in 2012.
Pat Roberts: Returns home to Kansas "every time I get an opponent".
Milton Wolf: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Greg Orman: Fiscally conservative, socially tolerant independent.
Greg Orman: We're sending the worst of both parties to Washington.
Greg Orman: 2010 Common Sense Coalition: give voice to sensible center.
Greg Orman: I consider myself fiscally conservative & socially tolerant.
Milton Wolf: AdWatch: Roberts doesn't live in Kansas anymore.
Milton Wolf: Career politicians are changed by Washington.
Pat Roberts: Resides in Virginia but votes in Kansas.
Sam Brownback: Our dependence is not on Big Government but on a Big God.
Milton Wolf: Obama is my cousin, but I oppose ObamaCare.
Sam Brownback: Five measurable, significant, achievable goals.
John McCain: 5 principles for a great nationís diplomacy.
Patrick Wiesner: Raise $180B for Trust Fund by mandated bond interest rates.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports privatizing Social Security.
Chad Taylor: No privatization; but we need to discuss reforms.
Randall Batson: Opt in/opt out of payroll deduction choice.
Randall Batson: Opt in/opt out of payroll deduction choice.
Greg Orman: Lack of economic growth drains Social Security.
Kris Kobach: Allow self-managed private retirement accounts.
Jean Carnahan: Save Social Security & strengthen Medicare.
Laura Kelly: No more tax cuts; restore balance to the tax system.
Kris Kobach: Cut taxes; cut budget.
Kris Kobach: Keep tax cuts despite state's budget hole.
Sam Brownback: 2012 "march to zero" income tax cuts overturned.
Jeff Colyer: Low taxes & smallest possible government.
Wink Hartman: Simplify the tax-code and promote pro-growth policies.
Ron Estes: Simplified, fairer, flatter tax code grows the economy.
Patrick Wiesner: As CPA, I'll be the Senate expert on the tax code.
Sam Brownback: Strengthen property tax lid.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes higher taxes on the wealthy.
Chad Taylor: Simplify tax code, but no FairTax and no national sales tax.
Randall Batson: Replace income tax with FairTax national sales tax.
Patrick Wiesner: Rewrite a new simpler tax code, but hire more IRS staff.
Patrick Wiesner: Tax attorney and CPA.
Patrick Wiesner: A new simpler code is needed; but IRS needs more staff.
Jerry Moran: Voted for tax increases 12 times, and against 200 times.
Mark Parkinson: Raise cigarette and sales tax to meet $400M budget gap.
Kathleen Sebelius: Allow overdue taxes to be paid without penalty.
Kathleen Sebelius: Modernize tax incentive programs for start-up businesses.
Kathleen Sebelius: Create tax credit for rural business development.
Greg Orman: $80M for roads to make Kansas the epicenter of distribution.
Jeff Colyer: Help Wichita maintain its title of Air Capital of the World.
Patrick Wiesner: Immediately start work on roads, bridges, and airports.
Kathleen Sebelius: Restore funding for transportation and biosciences projects.
Richard Nixon: Technology misused damages environment; but can restore it.
War & Peace|
Ron Estes: Take the fight to ISIS and exit the disastrous Iran deal.
Roger Marshall: Apply "peace through strength" to fight terrorism.
Patrick Wiesner: Protection of Iraqi oil reserves is a vital US interest.
Patrick Wiesner: It's up to the US to completely defeat ISIS.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports staying out of Iran.
Chad Taylor: Sanctions on Iran are working; no further military action.
Chad Taylor: Air patrols on Syria ok; no deeper involvement.
Jim Slattery: Roberts delayed prewar intelligence to justify war in Iraq.
Pat Roberts: I led exposure of pre-Iraq war intelligence failures.
Jim Slattery: Roberts should have known Iraq intelligence was inaccurate.
Pat Roberts: Whole world believed Iraq intelligence was accurate.
Kris Kobach: Keep US troops in Iraq; pay for it with Iraqi oil.
Welfare & Poverty|
Carl Brewer: Grew up in daily, anxious poverty.
Patrick Wiesner: Change housing policy to avoid taking on more debt.
Sam Brownback: Required work/training improves quality of life.