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)
| 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)
CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2020
(Jake Tapper and Dana Bash interviewing candidates for 2020 races)
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from CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2020 (number of quotes indicated):
- Al Gore (2) Democrat
- Amy Klobuchar (34) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
- Andrew Yang (18) Democratic candidate for President; CEO
- Bernie Sanders (32) Democratic Presidential candidate
- Beto O`Rourke (22) Texas Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from TX
- Beto O'Rourke (3)
- Bill de Blasio (2) New York Democratic primary candidate and NYC mayor
- Chris Murphy (2) Democratic Challenger Connecticut
- Cory Booker (18) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
- Deval Patrick (15) Massachusetts Democratic Governor
- Donald Trump (6) Republican Presidential incumbent
- Ed Markey (1) Democratic Senator Massachusetts
- Elizabeth Warren (38) Massachusetts Senator
- Eric Swalwell (1) California Presidential candidate (withdrawn); U.S. Rep from CA-15
- Howard Dean (1) Democrat
- Howard Schultz (9) Starbucks CEO; independent for President (suspended)
- Jay Inslee (7) Washington Democratic Washington Governor
- Jeff Flake (1) Republican Challenger (retiring) Arizona
- Joe Biden (30) Democratic V.P.
- Joe Kennedy III (1) Democratic Senate challenger Massachusetts
- John Delaney (9) Maryland Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
- John Hickenlooper (8) Colorado Democratic Colorado Governor
- John Kasich (7) Ohio Republican Ohio Governor
- Julian Castro (16) Texas Mayor of San Antonio; HUD Secretary
- Justin Amash (1) Michigan Libertarian Presidential Challenger
- Kamala Harris (19) California Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
- Kirsten Gillibrand (11) New York Democratic candidate for President; New York Senator
- Marco Rubio (2) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
- Marianne Williamson (14) Democratic candidate for President
- Mark Kelly (1) Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger Arizona
- Mike Bloomberg (21) New York Mayor of NYC
- Nikki Haley (2) South Carolina UN Ambassador 2017-2018
- Oprah Winfrey (1) Possible candidate for president 2020
- Pete Buttigieg (31) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
- Rick Santorum (1) Republican Presidential candidate
- Roger Marshall (1) Republican Senate challenger Kansas
- Seth Moulton (6) Massachusetts Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6
- Steve Bullock (1) Montana Democratic Montana Governor
- Tim Kaine (2) Virginia Democratic Nominee for Vice President
- Tim Ryan (2) Ohio Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from OH-13
- Tom Steyer (19) Possible Democratic candidate for President from California
- Tulsi Gabbard (16) Hawaii Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from HI-2
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
A long-standing political tradition is the Sunday morning talk show,
beginning with "Meet the Press" in 1947.
Currently, five separate "talking head" programs appear on five different TV stations every Sunday morning.
OnTheIssues.org excerpts all five of the shows, listed below, with their respective interviewing pundits and each pundit's political affiliation:
- ABC This Week: (Martha Raddatz & George Stephanopoulos; liberal; from Bill Clinton's staff)
- CNN "State of the Union": (Jake Tapper and Dana Bash; moderate liberal)
- Fox News Sunday: (Chris Wallace and Bret Baier; conservative)
- Meet the Press: (Chuck Todd; moderate)
- CBS Face the Nation: (Margaret Brennan and John Dickerson; moderate)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Beto O`Rourke: VA must cover full spectrum of women's reproductive care.
Seth Moulton: Strongly supports woman's right to choose.
Marianne Williamson: Abortion is about private morality; government has no role.
John Hickenlooper: Women have the right control their own health care.
John Delaney: Separate church and state; hence pro-choice.
Budget & Economy|
Tom Steyer: Balanced budget in good economies, but spend in tough times.
Pete Buttigieg: We should support workers going through changes.
Bernie Sanders: End all forms of racial & sex discrimination in this country.
Joe Biden: Made commitment to have women on Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mike Bloomberg: I convinced NY Republicans to vote for gay marriage.
Deval Patrick: Events in Charlottesville show we are in deep trouble.
Tom Steyer: Increase disability funding; we all succeed together.
Donald Trump: Treat Judaism as nationality, not just religion.
Amy Klobuchar: Collect data on GLBT issues so we can persuade Congress.
Amy Klobuchar: Throughout career, fighting hate crimes a priority.
Amy Klobuchar: Ban conversion therapy; it makes no sense at all.
Amy Klobuchar: Yes to federal law that allows third gender on documents.
Beto O`Rourke: Conversion therapy for gay children is tantamount to torture.
Cory Booker: Blacks were fractions of human, in original Constitution.
Cory Booker: We must enforce equal rights in schools.
Cory Booker: Always fights for LGBTQ and will pass Equality Act.
Elizabeth Warren: If you believe in one-man-one-woman, marry just one woman!
Joe Biden: Raised in 1960s to treat homosexuality as basic love.
Joe Biden: Pass Equality Act, enforce Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ.
Joe Biden: Yes to transgender in military and right to do as others do.
Kamala Harris: I performed same-sex marriages in 2004, AND later ones.
Kamala Harris: End unequal treatment under law by sexual orientation.
Kamala Harris: Protect those who are more vulnerable to hate.
Pete Buttigieg: I knew I was different long before I knew I was gay.
Pete Buttigieg: An Equality Act will fight discrimination on many fronts.
Beto O`Rourke: Upgrade records of LGBTQ vets who were discharged.
Bernie Sanders: Even prisoners should still have right to vote.
Kamala Harris: Legalize sex work, but fight trafficking and abuse.
Kamala Harris: Women's issues are really about everyone.
Kamala Harris: Ally of LGBTQ community; must end discrimination.
Pete Buttigieg: If U.S. to address human rights, we need to be credible.
Marianne Williamson: Reparations are an appropriate response to country's history.
Marianne Williamson: Attacks on gay rights is attack on us all.
Julian Castro: Supports reparations commission, we need healing process.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Let ex-cons vote; address racism in criminal justice.
Cory Booker: Yes to reparations, but as part of larger conversation.
Cory Booker: Will fight for LGBTQ rights; everyone should feel safe.
Tulsi Gabbard: Must lead in condemning bigotry, regardless of belief.
Tulsi Gabbard: Supports gay rights, 100% record with Human Rights Campaign.
Bernie Sanders: Congressional representation for D.C. residents.
Bernie Sanders: Invest in distressed communities as "reparations".
Tulsi Gabbard: Views on LGBT rights evolved; 100% rating from HRC.
Tulsi Gabbard: Early 2000s: supported father's antigay rights group.
Tulsi Gabbard: Actively supports equal rights on LGBTQ+ issues.
Howard Dean: 2004: I wore a bullet-proof vest to argue for civil unions.
Tulsi Gabbard: Regrets past anti-gay statements; now pro-LGBTQ+ rights.
Tulsi Gabbard: 2002: Amend Constitution to protect traditional marriage.
Tulsi Gabbard: 2004: We shouldn't represent views of homosexual extremists.
Tulsi Gabbard: 2012: Apologized for anti-LGBT past; pro-LGBT bills now.
Kamala Harris: Calling it "identity politics" marginalizes our issues.
Rick Santorum: I don't like dividing America along racial or class lines.
Oprah Winfrey: Credits the civil rights movement for her pathway to success.
Mike Bloomberg: End forced arbitration, like I do in my companies.
Deval Patrick: Focus investments on community as part as long-term value.
Elizabeth Warren: Unfair for big corps to pay no taxes and not contribute.
Elizabeth Warren: Break up big tech platforms like Amazon & Google.
Pete Buttigieg: Anti-trust law must go beyond pricing to deal with high tech.
Bernie Sanders: 1976: I favor the public ownership of utilities & banks.
Bernie Sanders: 1970s: State should take over utilities without compensation.
Bernie Sanders: 1976: Relocating businesses must pay; for public ownership.
John Delaney: Capitalism with regulation, but not socialism.
Howard Schultz: Rich should pay higher taxes, and corporations too.
Beto O`Rourke: Raise corporate rates to fund higher education.
Joe Biden: 1994 Crime bill had community policing and crime went down.
Mike Bloomberg: Makeup of police department should reflect city population.
Deval Patrick: Black Lives Matter doesn't mean you hate police.
Amy Klobuchar: Safe harbor for prostitutes;but don't decriminalize sex work.
Beto O`Rourke: More resources to fight hate crime against black trans women.
Cory Booker: Presidential office on hate crimes and white supremacy.
Kamala Harris: I fought and ended the "gay panic" defense.
Tom Steyer: Transgendered hate crimes: unequivocally prosecute severely.
Joe Biden: 1994: Billions for state prisons but fewer billions than GOP.
Elizabeth Warren: Must get serious about gun control & background checks.
Kamala Harris: Have a conversation on whether prisoners should vote.
Pete Buttigieg: Restore voting rights for ex-cons, but not those in prison.
John Hickenlooper: Record of being pro-active against police misconduct.
John Hickenlooper: Suspend death penalty; it's too random & doesn't deter.
Tulsi Gabbard: Must expose and punish sexual assaults in military.
Joe Biden: 1993: Don't care why "predators" act; put them in jail.
Joe Biden: 1994 Crime Bill got help for first time offenders, not jail.
Pete Buttigieg: Put boundaries on what phamra companies can do.
Andrew Yang: Take billions from drug companies to fix opioid crisis.
Elizabeth Warren: Opioid crisis has stigma like AIDS & needs increased funding.
Amy Klobuchar: Use drug courts; diversity in law enforcement.
Elizabeth Warren: Change to pro-legalization of marijuana.
Andrew Yang: Decriminalize opiates & marijuana, but not cocaine.
Julian Castro: Crack down on traffickers of dangerous drugs like fentanyl.
Julian Castro: Legalize and regulate marijuana; expunge criminal records.
Jay Inslee: Opposed marijuana legalization; now sees it as success.
Cory Booker: Decriminalize marijuana; expunge past criminal records.
John Hickenlooper: Marijuana legalization works, but leave it to states.
Amy Klobuchar: Reduce sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
John Delaney: Let states regulate and tax marijuana.
Tulsi Gabbard: End failed war on drugs, opioid addiction is medical crisis.
Joe Biden: Harsh sentences for crack were a mistake; worked to rectify.
Amy Klobuchar: Opioid companies should fund addiction treatment.
Beto O`Rourke: Treat drug abuse as public health issue, not criminal.
Donald Trump: Death penalty for drug dealers.
Joe Biden: Your zip code shouldn't matter in access to a good education.
Mike Bloomberg: NYC schools did improve; and better for minorities.
Bernie Sanders: Freeze private charter schools; they have no accountability.
Deval Patrick: A year of college fees for a year of service.
Pete Buttigieg: Stand up and support public education.
Elizabeth Warren: My secretary of education will be a public school teacher.
Tom Steyer: Hold charter schools to same standards as public schools.
Elizabeth Warren: Secretary of Ed should enforce civil rights and value all.
Bernie Sanders: Save millennials by cancelling student debt.
Amy Klobuchar: Address student debt in ways beyond free college.
Amy Klobuchar: Loan forgiveness for those taking public service jobs.
Elizabeth Warren: Roll back student debt; free college going forward.
Kamala Harris: Change rules on student debt: reduce interest, income based.
Pete Buttigieg: States should take on more of cost of higher education.
Pete Buttigieg: Supports loan forgiveness but not across the board.
Andrew Yang: Pay teachers enough to attract and retain the best.
Marianne Williamson: Wipe out college loans burdening the young.
Julian Castro: Invest in public schools, pre-K through higher ed.
Jay Inslee: Cut college tuition; provide assistance to neediest.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Strongly support education, but one size doesn't fit all.
Beto O'Rourke: 2102: charters are a good idea tdat encourage competition.
Beto O'Rourke: Wife Amy headed a dual-language charter school.
Beto O'Rourke: My kids attend public schools; keep charters accountable.
Elizabeth Warren: Proposed all-voucher education; now opposes charters.
Cory Booker: Support public education including some charter schools.
Cory Booker: Free community college; loan forgiveness; apprenticeships.
John Hickenlooper: Free skills training & free community college.
Elizabeth Warren: Invest in black colleges & minority students.
John Delaney: Free community college and training; student loan reform.
Bernie Sanders: Crucial to invest in pre-K education for our future.
Amy Klobuchar: Free community college; expand Pell Grants.
Howard Schultz: Hold colleges responsible, but help students handle debt.
Beto O`Rourke: Investment in public education pays off.
Energy & Oil|
Mike Bloomberg: You can reduce CO2: turn off your AC & paint your roof white.
Deval Patrick: Cap-and-trade via Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Deval Patrick: Massachusetts met Paris Climate rules while he was Governor.
Tom Steyer: Cap-and-trade market-based approaches are ineffective.
Elizabeth Warren: Environmental standards in trade agreements.
Seth Moulton: Member of the Climate Solutions Caucus in Congress.
Amy Klobuchar: Would rejoin climate pact & propose new legislation.
Bernie Sanders: End fossil fuel; move toward wind and solar.
Elizabeth Warren: Supports Green New Deal; invest in green infrastructure.
Kamala Harris: Green New Deal sets agenda for dealing with climate change.
Marianne Williamson: Climate change biggest crisis of our time.
Julian Castro: Cut carbon emissions; invest in renewable energy.
Jay Inslee: Decarbonize economy; fund transition for coal/oil workers.
Jay Inslee: Research nuclear energy; many problems unsolved.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Put a price on carbon: supports Green New Deal.
Cory Booker: Leadership in dealing with climate change, including nuclear.
John Hickenlooper: Work with environmentalists & industry to get to solutions.
Elizabeth Warren: America must lead in combatting climate change.
John Delaney: Proposed carbon tax, but also invest in new technology.
Pete Buttigieg: Climate security is priority, invest in renewables.
Tulsi Gabbard: Address climate change; US must lead worldwide effort.
Bernie Sanders: Transform our energy system away from fossil fuel.
Amy Klobuchar: Green New Deal opens discussion on climate change.
Howard Schultz: Green New Deal is unrealistic at $40 trillion.
Pete Buttigieg: Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs.
Marco Rubio: Address rising sea levels by using natural gas & nuclear.
Marco Rubio: Solar panels are not realistic; focus on mitigation.
Mark Kelly: Trump withdrawal from Paris Accords sets back U.S. progress.
Al Gore: Sustainability revolution at speed of digital revolution.
Al Gore: We're treating the sky as an open sewer.
Donald Trump: Withdraw from Paris Agreement, to put America first.
Nikki Haley: Paris climate agreement cost US too many jobs.
Bernie Sanders: Single-use plastic is a crisis among many pollution crises.
Andrew Yang: Eliminate the penny to speed up economy & save environment.
Joe Biden: Will bring polluting country leaders to US to find solutions.
Tom Steyer: Environmental justice means clean air & water.
Marianne Williamson: Deal with factory farming by having environmentalists at EPA.
Families & Children|
Amy Klobuchar: Mental health courts avoid "revolving door" criminals.
Joe Biden: Find purpose in family tragedy.
Mike Bloomberg: Suicides & family violence reduced with 24-hour gun wait.
Mike Bloomberg: Create good alternatives for kids so they avoid guns & crime.
Deval Patrick: In my youth, whole community raised its kids.
Deval Patrick: Simplify funding for mental illness treatment.
Pete Buttigieg: Healing & Belonging Grants: more mental healthcare support.
Joe Biden: $15 minimum wage and triple money for Title 1 schools.
Tom Steyer: $100M/year for mental health, to reduce suicide & depression.
Amy Klobuchar: Churches & agencies should follow law on gay rights.
Amy Klobuchar: Make it easier for LGBTQ couples to adopt.
Marianne Williamson: Need a cabinet department to focus on children and youth.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Sexual assault and harassment must be treated seriously.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Shouldn't have to choose between caregiving and job.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Pro-vaccines, not sure if they should be Federally mandated.
John Delaney: Family leave good for families & good for economy.
Tulsi Gabbard: 2000: Don't let gay activists force their values on our kids.
Mike Bloomberg: Work on China's Uighur human rights, using business pressure.
Mike Bloomberg: China doesn't want a democracy; but don't go to war over it.
Elizabeth Warren: Let Israelis and Palestinians decide together on Jerusalem.
Elizabeth Warren: Will follow Obama's policy on Iran, in a word, diplomacy.
Joe Biden: Putin wants to weaken NATO and democracy.
Joe Biden: We should not have abandoned the Kurds.
Tom Steyer: America's brand in the world our most important protection.
Joe Biden: US should promote LGBTQ rights worldwide; stop aid if needed.
Tom Steyer: Represent LGBT rights in human rights action abroad.
Bernie Sanders: Supports Israel's right to exist, not Netanyahu.
Marianne Williamson: Support Israeli security & Palestinian human rights.
Marianne Williamson: Return moral principles to our foreign policy.
Julian Castro: 21st century Marshall Plan for Central and Latin America.
Julian Castro: Rebuild alliances & reclaim role as world leader.
Pete Buttigieg: Use diplomatic strategies in Venezuela, not military.
Bernie Sanders: Promote democracy, but don't use military for regime change.
Amy Klobuchar: Stand with our allies, invest in diplomacy.
Howard Schultz: China is not an ally, but we need to work with them.
Tulsi Gabbard: Defends meeting Syria's Assad; supports Trump on North Korea.
John Kasich: Engage the world, instead of acting unilaterally.
Nikki Haley: Recommit that attack on one NATO nation is an attack on all.
Elizabeth Warren: Countries want to trade with us; so push for human rights.
Bill de Blasio: Democrats should stand for workers not corporations.
Pete Buttigieg: Free trade doesn't have to mean exporting jobs.
Julian Castro: Protect American workers but take part in global economy.
Donald Trump: Nominates opponent of World Bank to lead World Bank.
Howard Schultz: Trump's tariff war is a strategic mistake.
Ed Markey: Ok with outside PAC ads, if positive ads.
Joe Kennedy III: Supports People's Pledge: no outside PAC spending.
Deval Patrick: Democracy Agenda: first legislative package as president.
Andrew Yang: Make Election Day a national holiday.
Elizabeth Warren: Current election financing system favors rich.
Amy Klobuchar: Pass Equality Act by marshalling public support.
Cory Booker: Paid family leave and child tax credit expansion for all.
Elizabeth Warren: Pass Equality Act in Senate with more Dems or end filibuster.
Tom Steyer: 12-year Congressional term limits for generational shift.
Andrew Yang: Supports statehood for DC & Puerto Rico.
Marianne Williamson: DC should have representation in Congress.
Marianne Williamson: Must address election security & Russian interference.
Julian Castro: Require candidates to release tax returns.
Julian Castro: We need election security against foreign interference.
Elizabeth Warren: Fight voter suppression; abolish Electoral College.
Pete Buttigieg: Make Supreme Court appointments less partisan.
Jeff Flake: Block judicial appointments until special counsel protected.
Joe Biden: I go skeet-shooting, badly, and my sons go bird-hunting.
Mike Bloomberg: Second Amendment has guarantees, but gun restrictions ok.
Mike Bloomberg: Sue gun stores which don't require background checks.
Amy Klobuchar: Close the boyfriend loophole; no guns for abusers.
Deval Patrick: State gun laws don't matter when guns come from other states.
Andrew Yang: Personalize guns so only the owner can fire it.
Elizabeth Warren: Lethality of guns makes more suicides & domestic violence.
Elizabeth Warren: Multiple solutions to gun deaths, like with highway deaths.
Tim Ryan: Supports universal background checks.
Seth Moulton: Ban bump stocks; bar terrorists from gun purchases.
Kamala Harris: If Congress won't pass gun laws, do it by executive action.
Eric Swalwell: Banning assault weapons does not mean broad gun ban.
Andrew Yang: Treat guns the way we treat motor vehicles.
Marianne Williamson: Gun laws are driven by profits of gun manufacturers.
Julian Castro: Sensible gun laws, and address mental health issues.
Jay Inslee: Lost seat over assault weapons bill; confront NRA again.
Cory Booker: Consensus on common sense gun laws; ready to fight NRA.
John Hickenlooper: Mental illness & weak gun laws both contribute to violence.
Elizabeth Warren: Sensible gun laws have to be at federal level, not state.
Amy Klobuchar: Commonsense gun laws have wide support.
Howard Schultz: Honor Second Amendment but enact sensible gun laws.
Beto O`Rourke: Supports Second Amendment with sensible gun laws.
Steve Bullock: Background checks & age restrictions to reduce gun violence.
John Kasich: Significant changes, while we protect the Second Amendment.
Tim Kaine: Background checks get bipartisan support after marches.
Tom Steyer: Targets youth voter registration for pro gun control votes.
John Kasich: We need bipartisan gun reform to deal with mass shootings.
John Kasich: Background checks and increased attention to mental illness.
Roger Marshall: He and family took hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus.
Amy Klobuchar: Billions for CDC for coronavirus; billions for NIH too.
Amy Klobuchar: Provide mental health care with two-cent opioid tax.
Donald Trump: Screen people coming from coronavirus-infected areas.
Elizabeth Warren: The most vulnerable people are susceptible to Coronavirus.
Joe Biden: We invested in health agencies and kept Ebola out of the US.
Joe Biden: Insist that China let our experts inspect for coronavirus.
Mike Bloomberg: CDC needs funding to fight coronavirus; Trump de-funded it.
Mike Bloomberg: Insurance plans should cover mental health; my companies do.
Pete Buttigieg: Deal with coronavirus with international integration.
Tom Steyer: Mandatory Coronavirus vaccines; and other immediate actions.
Bernie Sanders: Every president since FDR has tried to fix healthcare.
Bernie Sanders: More money into research for pandemics like coronavirus.
Deval Patrick: Crying need for research of Alzheimers & disabling diseases.
Pete Buttigieg: Support people facing assisted suicide from terminal illness.
Joe Biden: Biden Cancer Initiative: data from multiple researchers.
Joe Biden: Tax capital gains at bracket levels to pay for health plan.
Joe Biden: Must divulge cost of health care legislation.
Joe Biden: Invest $50B in new agency to fight cancer.
Amy Klobuchar: Take on Big Pharma, to make drugs more affordable.
Amy Klobuchar: More mental health resources for LGBTQ.
Beto O`Rourke: Distribute PrEP to everyone, at reduced cost.
Cory Booker: Forbid charging more for drugs in U.S. than elsewhere.
Elizabeth Warren: AIDS drugs should be available at cost for all.
Joe Biden: By 2021, ACA says insurance must pay for expensive HIV drugs.
Kamala Harris: Federal funding for PrEP to prevent HIV/AIDS.
Pete Buttigieg: Good care for all and affordable prevention for all.
Tom Steyer: Big Pharma charges Americans 10x what they charge abroad.
Tom Steyer: Directly fund academic research to find cure for AIDS.
Bernie Sanders: Medicare for All: higher taxes but lower healthcare costs.
Joe Biden: Would bring back the individual mandate.
Beto O`Rourke: Expand health care benefits and support for veterans.
Donald Trump: Trump reverses course on vaccinations; now in favor.
Seth Moulton: Improve ObamaCare but not single-payer.
Amy Klobuchar: Ensure vets get equal support for mental health.
Amy Klobuchar: Supports public option for Medicaid & Medicare.
Amy Klobuchar: Take on Big Pharma on prices & lack of competition.
Bernie Sanders: Single payer will transform health care for the better.
Kamala Harris: Private insurance not victims under single payer.
Andrew Yang: Public option would cost less than present system.
Marianne Williamson: Make Medicare for All a public option.
Julian Castro: Medicare for all, but allow private insurance.
Jay Inslee: Lower eligibility for Medicare; provide public option.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Transition to Medicare for all through public option.
Cory Booker: Medicare for all; start with commonsense reforms.
John Hickenlooper: Against single payer; supports public option.
Elizabeth Warren: Start with prescription drugs, then negotiate single payer.
Bernie Sanders: 1970s: For socialized medicine, public drug companies owned.
John Delaney: Create public option but let people opt out.
Pete Buttigieg: Public option is step towards universal care.
Tulsi Gabbard: Supports Medicare for All; address prescription costs.
Bernie Sanders: Elective procedures can be covered by private insurance.
Amy Klobuchar: Medicare-for-All for the future; public option now.
Howard Schultz: ObamaCare is ok, but Medicare-for-All goes too far.
Howard Schultz: President must take responsibility for V.A.
Beto O`Rourke: Open to different ways to get to universal health care.
Bernie Sanders: Don't let Republicans do away with preexisting protection.
Bernie Sanders: Negotiate Medicare prices stop outrageous pharma ripoffs.
Chris Murphy: Russia never stopped interfering in American politics.
Seth Moulton: Focus on cybersecurity to deal with real threats to US.
Bernie Sanders: CIA torture policy means US service members get tortured too.
Mike Bloomberg: Staple a Green Card on every foreign student college degree.
Deval Patrick: Allowed MA to shelter Central American refugee children.
Pete Buttigieg: Community Renewal Visas: fast-track rural immigration.
Elizabeth Warren: Restore aid to Central America to reduce emigration.
Elizabeth Warren: Path to citizenship for all here will strengthen America.
Elizabeth Warren: We cannot be a nation that puts children and adults in cages.
Beto O`Rourke: Why do we check for HIV at the border and no other diseases?
Beto O`Rourke: Don't turn away asylum seekers who return home to face death.
Tom Steyer: Trump's border policy is a crime against humanity.
Bill de Blasio: Undocumented folks core to our economy.
Beto O`Rourke: Military service as pathway to citizenship for immigrants.
Seth Moulton: Citizenship path for those who follow law.
Pete Buttigieg: There's a consensus on immigration if we have the will.
Andrew Yang: Immigrants make US stronger and more dynamic.
Andrew Yang: Need more case workers & judges at southern border.
Marianne Williamson: Need to examine how US policy created border crisis.
Julian Castro: Asylum seekers have the right to be heard.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Treat asylum seekers humanely; reform process.
Cory Booker: Support DREAMers, reform immigration to reflect our values.
Elizabeth Warren: A border wall is about hate & division, not security.
Kamala Harris: 2008: Supported SF policy reported arrested juveniles to ICE.
Kamala Harris: Reform system, against "vanity project" of border wall.
Bernie Sanders: Real national emergency is creating path to citizenship.
Howard Schultz: Border security ok, but don't demonize immigrants.
Kirsten Gillibrand: In House, took hardline for border security, ICE funding.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Hadn't understood issues, changed views in Senate.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Pathway to citizenship gets immigrants connected.
Beto O`Rourke: End separating kids; make DREAMers citizens.
Beto O`Rourke: Opposes "open borders," but new wall unnecessary.
Beto O`Rourke: End the inhumane & un-American practice of family separation.
Beto O`Rourke: No 2,000-mile, 30-foot-high, $30 billion wall.
Bernie Sanders: Provide legal status to the 1.8 million DREAMers.
Tim Kaine: DREAMers & DACA saved by executive order, not Congress.
Mike Bloomberg: Transition retail & coal workers to other jobs.
Cory Booker: Supports $15 minimum wage; pays campaign staff at least that.
Amy Klobuchar: Enact laws to assure equal pay & equal opportunity.
Andrew Yang: Monthly stipend would help us through technological changes.
Andrew Yang: I'm a huge union fan.
Elizabeth Warren: Unions will help rebuild America's middle class.
Pete Buttigieg: Consider guaranteed income, perhaps redefine work.
Bernie Sanders: Make minimum wage a living wage.
Amy Klobuchar: Minimum wage must be raised.
Beto O`Rourke: Invest in training for evolving economy.
Principles & Values|
Mike Bloomberg: I will support any Democratic nominee against Trump.
Mike Bloomberg: Ran as Republican because NYC Dems wouldn't let me on ballot.
Mike Bloomberg: If elected will put company into blind trust and sell it.
Deval Patrick: I am a man of faith; my decisions are grounded in faith.
Pete Buttigieg: Government belongs to people of every religion & no religion.
Elizabeth Warren: Committed to grassroots campaign with small donations.
Joe Biden: If Putin interferes, there will be consequences.
Tom Steyer: I have been a grassroots organizer for 10 years.
Cory Booker: His faith taught love, so he fought his own homophobia.
Kamala Harris: The power of a president's support will help LGBTQ youth.
Pete Buttigieg: Invest in mental health and build community.
Pete Buttigieg: Religious freedom does not mean the right to hurt others.
Justin Amash: People put up with Congress because economy is good.
Bernie Sanders: Government should address income inequality, not support it.
Pete Buttigieg: God does not have a political party.
Pete Buttigieg: National service can unite Americans.
John Kasich: The press is a critical foundation of freedom--not the enemy.
John Kasich: I didn't leave the Republican Party; it left me.
Amy Klobuchar: Raise cap above "donut hole": FICA over $250,000.
Joe Biden: 6.2% FICA tax on all earnings over $400,000.
Elizabeth Warren: System can be fixed if we have political will.
Cory Booker: Raise the cap on Social Security taxes to fund system.
Beto O`Rourke: 2012: Protect retirees, but make changes for the future.
Beto O`Rourke: 2012: Maybe raise age; 2019: Against raising age.
Amy Klobuchar: Address national debt without cutting entitlements.
Deval Patrick: Raise the estate tax to 55%.
Beto O`Rourke: War tax on non-military households to support vet healthcare.
Bernie Sanders: Supports progressive taxation; closing loopholes for wealthy.
Elizabeth Warren: Proposes wealth tax for fortunes over $50 million.
Andrew Yang: Fund programs from tech companies now paying no tax.
Bernie Sanders: 1974: 100% tax over $1 million.
Bernie Sanders: Close loopholes that let wealthy avoid taxes.
Julian Castro: Raise the top marginal tax rate; negotiate the numbers.
Tom Steyer: Tax reform bill keeps the rich happy but hurts middle class.
Joe Biden: NASA has cancer expertise: they know most about radiation.
Deval Patrick: Infrastructure creates jobs now and builds base for future.
Andrew Yang: Preserve our data rights and our data dignity.
Joe Biden: Build half million charging stations on highways.
Tom Steyer: Collect census data on LGBTQ status.
Tim Ryan: Chief manufacturing officer will move US on green technology.
Kamala Harris: Cybersecurity crucial to protect elections & infrastructure.
Pete Buttigieg: Automation is changing the workplace; we need to adapt.
Elizabeth Warren: Investing in infrastructure help future business.
Amy Klobuchar: Users of social media should be able to control their data.
Jay Inslee: Regulate internet to protect privacy & net neutrality.
John Delaney: National strategy for artificial intelligence & automation.
War & Peace|
Chris Murphy: It's dangerous that administration is not talking to Iran.
Amy Klobuchar: Require Congressional approval for war with Iran.
Andrew Yang: Require Congress to declare war.
Pete Buttigieg: Would use force, but need to think of the consequences.
Joe Biden: FactCheck:No, didn't oppose Iraq War right after war started.
Andrew Yang: Limited foreign intervention; restore Congress's role in war.
Julian Castro: Don't entangle ourselves in wars, but rebuild alliances.
Pete Buttigieg: U.S. not the guarantor of peace in Afghanistan.
Tulsi Gabbard: Oppose regime change wars in Syria, Venezuela, Iran.
John Kasich: Eradicate leadership of North Korea but no military strike.
Welfare & Poverty|
Mike Bloomberg: Greenwood Initiative: a million more homes in black hands.
Mike Bloomberg: More African-American home ownership; study reparations.
Mike Bloomberg: Put more bank branches in minority neighborhoods.
Tom Steyer: Billions for affordable housing; market won't do it.
Elizabeth Warren: Need funding to help LGBTQ homeless youth.
Julian Castro: Bring back LGBT non-discrimination policies for HUD housing.
Kamala Harris: Use the tax code to alleviate homelessness.
Bernie Sanders: Would sign reparations bill; wants investment in poor areas.
Andrew Yang: Increase affordable housing; get localities to change zoning.
Elizabeth Warren: Government should subsidize new home building.
Elizabeth Warren: Focus on poverty, not corporate profit: raise minimum wage.
John Delaney: Double the earned income tax credit (EITC).
The above quotations are from CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2020
(Jake Tapper and Dana Bash interviewing candidates for 2020 races).