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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harmís Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)

Book Reviews

(from Amazon.com)

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An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility
by Rob Corcoran; introduction by Tim Kaine

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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:

Tim Kaine is not much of an author, so upon his nomination to the vice presidency, we dug up the only book on Amazon with his name on it--he wrote the introduction to this book, and is featured prominently in its pages. The book itself is about racial reconciliation--a subject in which Kaine figured historically: as Governor, he led Virginia as the first state to apologize for slavery. Prior to his governorship, Kaine served as Mayor of Richmond, which formerly served as the capital city of the Confederate States of America. The rest of the book is about other apologies and other forms of racial reconciliation--mostly about starting a conversation on race as the means to accomplish national healing of the wounds of slavery, segregation, and their modern vestiges.

But what about Kaine? Is he a national leader on racial reconciliation? A post-Obama white guy who "gets it" on race? Well, yes--that's why the author asked Kaine to write the introduction. Kaine is well-suited to that role--mayor of the capital of the Confederacy! Who now opposes the institution that founded the Confederacy! -- and America will likely see a lot of that in the presidential campaign.

Kaine is also well-suited for reconciliation with Hispanics, America's second largest minority group after African-Americans. Kaine served as a missionary in Honduras on a year off from law school, where he became fluent in Spanish. Political junkies will note that Kaine's introductory speech as the vice-presidential nominee took place in Miami, home to a huge Latino population, and Kaine peppered the speech with lots of Spanish.

So that likely defines Kaine's role in the presidential race: outreach to blacks and Hispanics. Many suggested a href='Hillary_Clinton.htm'>Hillary should have accomplished that by nominating Cory Booker, the African-American Senator from New Jersey, or Julian Castro, the Latino Cabinet Secretary and former Mayor of San Antonio. But she didn't; she nominated Kaine instead; so he gets that role. Kaine brings the added advantage of coming from swing state Virginia (which voted for Obama in both his elections, but voted for the Republican nominee for all 40 years prior to that), while New Jersey and Texas offer no swing state electoral status.

Kaine also fulfills one more role: that of "nice guy," offering a softer side to Hillary's hard edges. Kaine is not a native Virginian--he was born in Minnesota and raised in Kansas and Missouri. His Midwestern roots show in his Midwestern "niceness"--he is polite and always willing to compromise on a moderately liberal solution--not a political firebrand like many who share his politics.

Kaine will contrast with Mike Pence, his Republican counterpart from Indiana, who has a similar Midwestern niceness from the conservative side. Vice-presidential nominees often take on the role of "attack dog"--saying nasty things about their opponent so that the presidential nominee can stay above the fray but still get the attacks made. Hillary seems to have anticipated that Kaine would not adopt that role, and assigned it instead to Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has made a hobby out of attacking Donald Trump; Newt Gingrich fulfills the same role for Trump, perhaps relieving Pence of that duty. So perhaps Kaine and Pence will have the most polite Vice Presidential debate ever!

-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OnTheIssues.org, July 2016

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Barack Obama: OpEd: Presidency represents triumph of civil rights movement.
    Bill Bradley: Racial unity is the moral issue of our time.
    Bill Clinton: Do the hard work of bridging racial divisions.
    Bill Clinton: 1997: Lead a great and unprecedented conversation on race.
    Douglas Wilder: Virginia led the colonies, but also led slavery.
    George Allen: Apologize for government failure to fight 1960s lynchings.
    John Conyers: Acknowledge fundamental injustice & inhumanity of slavery.
    Mary Landrieu: Apologize for government failure to fight 1960s lynchings.
    Steve Cohen: 2008: formal Congressional apology for slavery & segregation.
    Tim Kaine: 2007: pardoned leader of 1800 slave rebellion.
    Tim Kaine: First state apology for involuntary servitude of Africans.
    Tim Kaine: Apology & reconciliation for slavery, at VA's slave market.
    Stephen Breyer: Inequality in schools is rooted in institution of slavery.
    George W. Bush: Katrina shocked America into acknowledging social divides.
Families & Children
    Rev. Jesse Jackson: Our children watch what we do, not what we say.
Principles & Values
    Tim Kaine: 1998: elected 8-1 as mayor by majority black city council.
    Tim Kaine: Begin racial healing by insisting on honest conversation.
Tax Reform
    Tim Kaine: Growth sharing: split local tax revenue with nearby towns.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bill Bradley: Only by ending racial thinking can America reduce poverty.

The above quotations are from Trustbuilding
An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility
by Rob Corcoran; introduction by Tim Kaine.

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