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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)

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Rand Paul vs. Jeb Bush On The Issues
by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org

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This book puts OnTheIssues' web content into book form -- a direct comparison of issue stances -- not personal biographies, not political horserace analysis, not scandal histories. Each headline below is backed up with a referenced citation, in context, so you can compare for yourself what each candidate says. The comparisons are made convenient in a side-by-side layout, with book reviews and a VoteMatch issue summary at the end.

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The above quotations are from Rand Paul vs. Jeb Bush On The Issues
by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org.
Domestic IssuesRand PaulJeb Bush
Gun Rights:Don't let the liberals tread on the Second AmendmentStand-your-ground bill: Deadly force OK when threatened
Gun Crimes:2nd amendment is only as good as the 4th amendmentUse a Gun and You’re Done
Criminal Sentencing:Blacks look who's in prison & conclude cops out to get them1990s: punishment over therapy; 2010s: that hardens people
Death Penalty:We have probably executed people wrongfullyFewer death-row appeals; faster executions
War on Drugs:War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcomeIllegal drugs moving over US-Mexico border has intensified
Marijuana Legalization:Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminalsNo medical marijuana; it’s just a guise toward legalization
Transportation Infrastructure:5% tax on overseas profits & put it all into infrastructureEnraged by citizen initiative mandating high speed rail
Hurricane Recovery: Hurricane recovery money is bankrupting the government2004: Universal praise for handling spate of hurricanes
Environmental Protection: Our federal government regulates everything and anything1990s: Compensate landowners; 2010s: state-run conservation
Nuclear Power: Compete on the free market, including nuclear plantsUse federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input
Internet Taxation:Voted NO on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxesLevel playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax
Internet Freedom:Filibuster against SOPA and PIPA: don't censor the InternetPractice technology in context of virtue; not isolated pleasure
Government Secrecy:The Patriot Act is intrusive; it's what the Founders fearedWikiLeaks is abhorrent but showed seriousness of Iran threat
Term Limits: Instead of bringing home the bacon, bring home politiciansLegislative term limits strengthened Bush's executive power
Voter Registration: Supports early voting; but voter ID also okScrubbed voter registration rolls to eliminate felons

Economic IssuesRand PaulJeb Bush
Corporate Regulation: Punishing the rich means the poor lose their jobsChampion enterprise zones and business deregulation
Corporate Welfare: Stop subsidizing profitable large multinational corporationsFight corporate welfare: snouts out of public trough
Recession Bailout: Bank bailout represented everything wrong with WashingtonBank bailouts were needed to avoid financial unraveling
Budget Deficit: We borrow $1M per minute; mandate a balanced budgetBipartisan compromise to reduce the deficit significantly
Earmarks: Our legislative victory: an end to earmarksVetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarks
Environment vs. EconomyEPA regulations cost $15 trillion in 2012Restrict Eminent Domain; most severe of all gov’t powers
Oil DrillingSupports Keystone XL, plus domestic oil & gas explorationDrilling in Gulf of Mexico hurts Florida tourism industry
Renewable EnergySupports renewable energy tax creditsReplace crony capitalism with free-market strategy
Government Reform: Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate themPrivatize & outsource gov’t; fee holidays for contractors
Campaign Finance Reform: Federal contracts should include no-PAC clausesNo campaign spending limits; no public financing
Business Tax Reform:Cut corporate tax in half to create millions of jobsRemove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends
Inheritance Tax: Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxSupports estate tax repeal, but not at states’ expense
Tax Reform: Supports the Taxpayer Protection PledgeCompromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package

Entitlement IssuesRand PaulJeb Bush
ObamaCare: Compassion cannot be delivered in the form of coercionObamaCare is flawed to its core
Medicare/Medicaid: Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: against Medicare choiceMove Medicaid from “defined benefit” to defined contribution
Mental Health: No mandatory mental health screening in schoolsSlashed every request for adult mental health
Medical Malpractice: Supports tort reform & free-market principlesCompromised on limiting medical malpractice awards
Union Policy: National Right-to-Work Act: no forced unionizationSchool choice is about unions versus kids
Employment Policy: Extending unemployment benefits does disservice to workersCutting taxes on job creators benefits everyone
Affirmative Action: Women won the "war on women": no longer downtroddenOne Florida: equal minority contracts and admissions
College Policy: Federal student loans are ok, if within spending limitsGuarantee college admission for top 20% of high school grads
Common Core: Block funding for Common Core; it's too heavy-handedCommon Core lets 1,000 different curriculum flowers bloom
No Child Left Behind: No Child Left Behind is federal takeover of schoolsNo Child Left Behind got states to start reforms
Charter Schools: Charters & flexibility instead of federal one-size-fits-all800,000 FL parents selected schools, not district zoning
School Vouchers: Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or blackEducation savings accounts: Fund students instead of schools
Social Security Privatization: Raise the retirement age for people under age 55Privatization became administration’s fundamental philosophy
Welfare Reform: Federal "gifts" don't generate wealth but perpetuate povertyTaking welfare should be more shameful than working
Faith-Based Organizations: Block grant welfare to states and communitiesWelcome community and faith based organizations as partners

Social IssuesRand PaulJeb Bush
Abortion: Life begins at conceptionNo need to teach about abortion if we have moral absolutes
Family Planning: Supports religious freedom to deny contraceptive coverageFunded adoption counseling, but not abortion counseling
Stem Cells: Personhood at conception, including embryonic stem cellsPrevent use of public funds for stem cell research
Gay Rights: Make federal benefits equal for gay couplesGay rights & feminism are “modern victim movements”
Gays in the Military: Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policyDon't-ask-don't-tell ok if it doesn't affect policy
Defense of Marriage Act: Don't register guns federally, nor marriagesTraditional marriage best; but recognize gay couples
Family Values: Revival of values depends on fusing freedom and virtuePass moral judgment & teach virtue to our children
Latino Family Values: Latinos support GOP stances of faith and family valuesConservatives and Hispanics share family values
Foster Care Policy: Re-establish inter-country adoptions from GuatemalaNo Place Like Home initiative: find families for DCF kids
Freedom of Religion: US aid enables a war on Christianity in the Middle EastSchool prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led
Flag Issues: End US aid to countries that burn our flagRemoved Confederate battle flag from Florida Capitol
Personal Faith: I am a Christian but not always a good one9/11/2001: after emergency meeting, went to church to pray
Principles & Values: We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we haveAmerica is different because identity derives from ideals

National Security IssuesRand PaulJeb Bush
Terrorism Policy: TSA is a testament to Islamic terrorist's successTSA is a testament to Islamic terrorist's success
ISIL (Islamic State): ISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interestISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interest
Benghazi: Prioritize embassy security to avoid another BenghaziPrioritize embassy security to avoid another Benghazi
September 11th: 9/11 justified eliminating Taliban, but not nation-building9/11 justified eliminating Taliban, but not nation-building
Iranian Sanctions:Keep all options on the table, but don't declare war on IranKeep all options on the table, but don't declare war on Iran
Iraq War: Iraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaosIraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaos
Israel/Palestine: As only democracy in Mideast, Israel is important allyAs only democracy in Mideast, Israel is important ally
Afghanistan War: Staying in Afghanistan will not make America saferStaying in Afghanistan will not make America safer
Defense Spending: National defense is important, but no blank checkNational defense is important, but no blank check
Military Priorities: We've over-militarized our foreign policyWe've over-militarized our foreign policy
Cuba Policy: Good idea to end Cuba embargo; it hasn't workedGood idea to end Cuba embargo; it hasn't worked
Korea Policy: Crazy for North Korea to use force; we'd declare warCrazy for North Korea to use force; we'd declare war
Russia Policy: Don't get stuck in Cold War idea of tweaking RussiaDon't get stuck in Cold War idea of tweaking Russia

International IssuesRand PaulJeb Bush
Climate Change: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissionsI’m a skeptic about global warming
Kyoto Treaty:Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperaturesKyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries
International Treaties: Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade TreatyWe are leader among equals in community of nations
American Exceptionalism: America's exceptionalism is notion that all should be freeGod grants liberty only to ready to defend it
International Alliances: Stop sending foreign aid to people who don't like usNourish our existing alliances: that means NATO & Israel
Foreign Policy Doctrine: My worldview: engage both friend and foe in dialogueNourish our existing alliances: that means NATO & Israel
Ebola Policy: Temporary stop on elective travel to fight EbolaHandle Ebola crisis like I handled anthrax in Florida
China Policy: China trade improves economy AND makes fight less likelySupports economic cooperation between US and China
Free Trade: Accompany free trade laws with other export inducersAdvocated Miami as HQ for Free Trade Area of the Americas
Latin American Policy: Volunteer eye surgery for blind kids in Guatemala2010: Ineptitude will bring down Chavez regime in Venezuela
Path to Citizenship: Illegals are not bad people, but we have to control borderThere is no realistic pathway to citizenship for most people
Sources of Immigration: See immigrants as assets, not liabilitiesImmigration is ‘not a felony’ but ‘an act of love’
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Status quo is untenable; we must do some sort of reform6-part proposal for comprehensive immigration reform

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