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)
Michael Coachman: Individuals, including unborn, have intrinsic right to life.
Doug Burgum: Law requires doctors to say some abortions reversible.
Heidi Heitkamp: Fund Planned Parenthood but don't fund abortions.
Kevin Cramer: Abortion on demand for 40 years leads to school shootings.
Heidi Heitkamp: Opposed 20-week abortion ban.
Kevin Cramer: Announced for Senate due to incumbent's pro-choice vote.
Dustin Peyer: Government has no role in woman's choice.
Thomas Campbell: Fight for the unborn.
Eliot Glassheim: Pro-choice, but parental notification is ok.
Rick Becker: Government's responsibility to protect human life.
Wayne Stenehjem: Exceptions for rape & incest, but sign other pro-life bills.
Doug Burgum: Support a ban on abortions for things like gender selection.
Tracy Potter: Voted against making abortion a felony.
Tracy Potter: Define life as beginning at birth, not conception.
Wayne Stenehjem: Supports waiting periods and parental notification.
Budget & Economy|
Doug Burgum: Increased teacher & state employee pay without raising taxes.
Dustin Peyer: Revamp tax code so business can pay living wage.
Doug Burgum: Right-size government: cutting $1.2B is a great start.
Eliot Glassheim: Federal spending promotes growth better than tax cuts.
Rick Becker: Submit smaller budgets when there are shortfalls.
Wayne Stenehjem: Rainy day funds and budget cuts work.
Wayne Stenehjem: Diversify our economy: drones, fertilizer, & infrastructure.
Robert Marquette: Fight for sound monetary policy & lower government influence.
Michael Coachman: Nurture strong marriages of one man and one woman.
Doug Burgum: Repeal Sunday morning shopping ban.
Doug Burgum: Fly flags of ND tribal nations at Governor's Office.
Dustin Peyer: Lead fight against discrimination by sexual orientation.
Kelly Armstrong: Gender neutral terms in state laws, for same-sex marriages.
Thomas Campbell: No gender neutral terms in state laws; keep husband/wife.
Eliot Glassheim: Supports same-sex marriage.
Doug Burgum: No discrimination because of sexual orientation.
Wayne Stenehjem: LGBT protection in housing & jobs, but religious freedom too.
Marvin Nelson: Supports Equal Pay for Equal Work.
Doug Burgum: Gay marriage is ok, but not running on social issues.
Robert Marquette: Oppose legislation negatively impacting LGBT community.
Rick Becker: Add "sexual orientation" to definition of discrimination.
Thomas Campbell: Voted NO on "sexual orientation" in defining discrimination.
Kelly Armstrong: Don't add sexual orientation to definition of discrimination.
Kevin Cramer: Marriage is defined in Scripture.
Tracy Potter: Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Tracy Potter: No job discrimination by sexual orientation/gender identity.
Tracy Potter: Repeal Cohabitation Law: unmarried couples can live together.
Wayne Stenehjem: No same-sex marriage; no hate-crime laws for gays.
Heidi Heitkamp: Supports Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with reforms.
Kevin Cramer: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is regulatory overreach.
Doug Burgum: Economy of the future built on collaboration for innovation.
Doug Burgum: Founded software company at age 26; grew to 2,000 staff.
Rick Becker: Lower tax rates and eschew picking winners and losers.
Rick Becker: Picking winners & losers fails; lower taxes & get out of way.
Jack Dalrymple: Cut corporate tax and income tax across the board.
Eliot Glassheim: Opposed across-the-board corporate and income tax cuts.
Marvin Nelson: Opposed across-the-board corporate and income tax cuts.
Kelly Armstrong: Cut corporate tax and income tax across the board.
Michael Coachman: Preserve right of self-defense without excessive burdens.
Doug Burgum: Jail time without rehab is not a cure for addiction.
Eliot Glassheim: Supports death penalty & alternatives for non-violent crimes.
Marvin Nelson: Asked attorney general to spend more time fighting crime.
Wayne Stenehjem: Launched state's sex offender website.
Jack Dalrymple: No use of drones for criminal investigations.
Rick Becker: No use of drones for criminal investigations.
Jack Dalrymple: More state troopers, more parole and probation programs.
Kevin Cramer: 100% pro-life includes opposing death penalty.
Jack Dalrymple: More highway patrol; more emergency communications system.
Doug Burgum: Remove shame and stigma from the disease of addiction.
Heidi Heitkamp: Supports medical marijuana; leave recreational use to voters.
Kevin Cramer: No recreational marijuana; opposes ND ballot measure 3.
Dustin Peyer: Legalize & tax marijuana.
Doug Burgum: Opioid epidemic threatens our way of life.
Marvin Nelson: Invest in drug treatment, mental health, and drug courts.
Wayne Stenehjem: Warn of dangers of new opioid drugs; but help addicts too.
Rick Becker: Supports medical marijuana and legalized pot.
Wayne Stenehjem: Marijuana has no positives.
Wayne Stenehjem: Make drug enforcement a priority.
Marvin Nelson: Legalize medical marijuana.
Eliot Glassheim: Legalize medical marijuana.
Rick Becker: Voted NO on drug testing for TANF & SNAP benefits.
John Hoeven: $4M to address meth and narcotics with more prisons.
Michael Coachman: Don't restrict children in prayer, religious expression.
Doug Burgum: Help students be "choice ready" for their career paths.
Doug Burgum: Proclaimed North Dakota School Choice Week.
Doug Burgum: Invest in K-12 for our No. 1 resource--our young people.
Heidi Heitkamp: Vouchers take public funds away from public schools.
Heidi Heitkamp: Supports public service loan forgiveness for college debt.
Kevin Cramer: Supports vouchers and charter schools.
Kevin Cramer: End student loan interest deduction.
Doug Burgum: Local control of schools.
Doug Burgum: Kids can't prepare for 21st century using 19th-century model.
Marvin Nelson: Maintain investment in schools despite financial crunch.
Doug Burgum: Accelerate efforts to raise outcomes for all students.
Jack Dalrymple: Achieved long-sought goal of 70% funding from state.
Tracy Potter: Deregulate homeschooling for parents with H.S. diplomas.
Tracy Potter: Voted NO on Home School Deregulation.
John Hoeven: Moment of silence, or prayer, ok in public schools.
Wayne Stenehjem: Supports charter schools; schools choice; & private funding.
Energy & Oil|
Doug Burgum: Private sector innovation over regulation on carbon.
Doug Burgum: Lignite (brown coal) is transforming power plant emissions.
Heidi Heitkamp: Tax incentives for renewables, particularly wind power.
Kevin Cramer: Climate change is a religious belief.
Doug Burgum: On energy, all of the above.
Thomas Campbell: Liberal politicians hurt state's energy economy.
Dustin Peyer: Shift to renewable energy inevitable.
Thomas Campbell: Feds shouldn't interfere with local energy industry.
Doug Burgum: Protest campers at Dakota Access Pipeline should leave.
Eliot Glassheim: Regulate greenhouse gases, and fund renewable energy.
Marvin Nelson: Increase state research on global warming from $5M to $50M.
Wayne Stenehjem: Diversify economy with value-added energy and agriculture.
Doug Burgum: We are not running out of oil; we have a global surplus.
Jack Dalrymple: New safety rule: filter crude oil for dangerous types of gas.
Jack Dalrymple: Reduce oil extraction tax from 6.5% to 5%.
Kelly Armstrong: Reduce oil extraction tax from 6.5% to 5%.
Rick Becker: Reduce oil extraction tax from 6.5% to 5%.
Jack Dalrymple: Focus on pipeline and rail capacity for oil & gas.
Jack Dalrymple: Oil & gas development brings jobs; let's build them roads.
Dwight Grotberg: Build ND infrastructure for energy production & corn ethanol.
Dwight Grotberg: make energy a National Security issue.
Shelley Lenz: Balance energy needs with need to preserve grasslands.
Doug Burgum: Dept. of Environmental Quality to focus on clean air & water.
Doug Burgum: Innovation--not regulation--solves oil & gas challenges.
Marvin Nelson: Block giveaway of state-owned mineral resources.
Michael Coachman: Block giveaway of state-owned mineral resources.
Marvin Nelson: Invest in flood protection, even if we have to raise taxes.
Eliot Glassheim: $220 million to cities stricken by water contamination.
Wayne Stenehjem: Sue EPA to block "Waters of the US" land control.
Families & Children|
Michael Coachman: Committed to God, his family, the Constitution, integrity.
Heidi Heitkamp: No discrimination against intimate relationships.
Kevin Cramer: Marriage is defined in Scripture.
Kevin Cramer: The #MeToo movement is all about victimization.
Jack Dalrymple: Great need for more and better child care services.
Wayne Stenehjem: Supports sex-ed programs stressing abstinence.
Eliot Glassheim: Opposes withdrawing American participation in NATO.
Doug Burgum: We have an amazing relationship with Canada.
Doug Burgum: Supports trade deal with Mexico/Canada.
Doug Burgum: North American trade deal good for farmers, ranchers.
Heidi Heitkamp: Tariffs on China cause retaliatory actions.
Kevin Cramer: Tariffs on China are the one tool we have.
Doug Burgum: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
Heidi Heitkamp: AdWatch: trade war with China hurts soybean farmers.
Heidi Heitkamp: Our $50B of tariffs on China caused $34B of retaliation.
Doug Burgum: Trade war with China, & tariffs, hurting domestic farmers.
Heidi Heitkamp: A trade war is bad for jobs, business, and consumers.
Jack Dalrymple: Link ND businesses with foreign buyers.
Michael Coachman: Size of government & regulations should be limited.
Doug Burgum: Online state services should work like consumer sites.
Michael Coachman: Work with tribal leaders to resolve concerns over voter ID.
Michael Coachman: Make acquiring absentee ballots easier.
Heidi Heitkamp: Reverse Citizens United by constitutional amendment.
Heidi Heitkamp: Opposes voter ID; they target minorities & youth.
Kevin Cramer: No disclosure of corporate campaign donations.
Thomas Campbell: Cut bureaucracy and red tape.
Doug Burgum: Veto $5,000 limits on executive branch bonuses.
Jack Dalrymple: OpEd: Legislative $5,000 limit on governor's executive bonus.
Rick Becker: Voted YES on $5,000 limit on governor's executive bonus.
Thomas Campbell: Voted NO on $5,000 limit on governor's executive bonus.
Eliot Glassheim: Regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions.
Robert Marquette: Give SCOTUS nominees an up-or-down vote.
Robert Marquette: Shed light on entrenched political corruption and cronyism.
Doug Burgum: Pledge to support term limits.
Jack Dalrymple: Change restrictions for Voter ID.
Marvin Nelson: Opposed changes in restrictions for Voter ID.
Jack Dalrymple: Study ID cards for voting to ensure citizenship.
Rick Becker: Study ID cards for voting to ensure citizenship.
Thomas Campbell: Study ID cards for voting to ensure citizenship.
Kevin Cramer: First Amendment is clear: unregulated campaign contributions.
Tracy Potter: Opposed "Clean Elections" limited to $1500 contributions.
Wayne Stenehjem: Limit corporate campaign contributions, but not PACs.
Michael Coachman: Uphold right solemnly confirmed by 2d Amendment.
Dustin Peyer: Education, not regulation and confiscation.
Thomas Campbell: 2nd Amendment is the most important one.
Eliot Glassheim: Opposes gun-control legislation except assault weapons ban.
Robert Marquette: Strengthen gun rights.
Doug Burgum: Obama has overreached on gun control.
Tracy Potter: Deadly force ok in self defense against an intruder.
Shelley Lenz: COVID: Dismissing public health officials isn't working.
Shelley Lenz: COVID: Create crisis management structure to respond.
Heidi Heitkamp: Support ObamaCare, with improvements.
Kevin Cramer: ObamaCare is an insult to the Constitution & the conscience.
Dustin Peyer: Universal single-payer healthcare for all.
Eliot Glassheim: Don't repeal ObamaCare, but do improve it.
Wayne Stenehjem: Questioned ObamaCare on constitutionality & carve-outs.
Doug Burgum: Pledge to oppose Obamacare.
Jack Dalrymple: Cutting benefits to those in need is not an option.
Kevin Cramer: ObamaCare is an insult to the constitution.
Jack Dalrymple: Large funding increases for nursing homes & home-based care.
Doug Burgum: State income tax exemption on military retirement pay.
Doug Burgum: Need strong deterrent against rogue nations.
Kevin Cramer: Every agency, including defense, should cut programs.
Jack Dalrymple: Our troops safeguard our quality of life.
Joe Manchin III: Tuition assistance and service bonuses for Desert Storm vets.
Heidi Heitkamp: Path to citizenship for DREAMers, with conditions.
Kevin Cramer: DACA was unlawfully put together; send DREAMers home.
Kevin Cramer: Chain-link fences ok for holding kids of illegal immigrants.
Kevin Cramer: Audio of immigrants' kids crying is "irrelevant hoopla".
Heidi Heitkamp: Extend DACA for 3 years; $7.6B for 3-year border security.
Jeff Flake: Extend DACA for 3 years; $7.6B for 3-year border security.
Thomas Campbell: Build the wall, not sanctuary cities.
Dustin Peyer: Earned amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
Thomas Campbell: Sanctuary cities break the law.
Eliot Glassheim: Supports comprehensive immigration package.
Marvin Nelson: Refugees stimulate the economy but face hate in the US.
Marvin Nelson: Refugees stimulate the economy & face all the hate in the US.
Doug Burgum: Consider filing a lawsuit over refugee resettlement.
Kevin Cramer: Harder for illegals to get benefits & become citizens.
Tracy Potter: Increase visa caps to meet labor shortages.
John Hoeven: State & locals cops should enforce federal immigration laws.
Shelley Lenz: Invest in vocational training for good-paying jobs.
Doug Burgum: Path to jobs is changing; not just four years of college.
Heidi Heitkamp: Raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10/hour.
Kevin Cramer: Reduce regulations instead of raising minimum wage.
Dustin Peyer: Support unions; raise minimum wage.
Jack Dalrymple: Job growth from low taxes & regulations, not just oil.
Dwight Grotberg: Redirect farm subsidies back into the marketplace.
Doug Burgum: Working with tribal leadership to improve quality of life.
Doug Burgum: People won't move here if spouse faces licensure barrier.
Principles & Values|
Shelley Lenz: Running for governor not political, about problem solving.
Michael Coachman: People should be responsible for their own behavior.
Shelley Lenz: Says farmers and workers in ND epitomize Democrats.
Doug Burgum: Reinvented state government amid a $1B revenue shortfall.
Michael Coachman: Volunteers at prison ministry and Christian school.
Whitney Williams: Stand on the Constitution from beginning to end.
Thomas Campbell: Hard work & grace of God made Tom a success.
Robert Marquette: Only Libertarians can repair damage to the Supreme Court.
Jack Dalrymple: Vision for ND: opportunity, growth, & responsibility.
John Hoeven: Former Democrat until running for Governor as GOP.
Tracy Potter: An independent voice; hence a true voice.
Doug Burgum: Enacted tax break for Social Security recipients.
Heidi Heitkamp: Opposes privatization of Social Security.
Kevin Cramer: Advocate for private sector options.
Eliot Glassheim: No personal retirement accounts.
Kevin Cramer: Allow future workers to invest more of their own money.
Rick Berg: 2005: Supported Bush's privatization plan as state rep.
Joe Manchin III: Repeal the Unemployment Insurance offset for working seniors.
Michael Coachman: Taxes for government, not forced redistribution of wealth.
Doug Burgum: Exempted military retirement benefits from state income tax.
Doug Burgum: Private investment in infrastructure reduces property taxes.
Heidi Heitkamp: Trump tax cuts provide no relief for middle-class families.
Kevin Cramer: Trump tax cuts were best Christmas gift Washington can give.
Dustin Peyer: Revenue should come from wealthy; and sales tax.
Thomas Campbell: overhaul the tax code to grow jobs.
Doug Burgum: Shrink government and stop property tax hikes.
John Hoeven: Pushed property tax relief and economic development.
Doug Burgum: Technology has ensured abundant food and energy.
Doug Burgum: State-sponsored cyber terrorists are at war with us.
Doug Burgum: $1.5B for roads, water projects, & airport infrastructure.
Doug Burgum: USMCA trade deal protects intellectual property rights.
Heidi Heitkamp: Supports strong infrastructure spending.
Heidi Heitkamp: Support Net Neutrality, requiring equal access to all users.
Kevin Cramer: Opposed stimulus investment, except infrastructure.
Kevin Cramer: End Net Neutrality; don't require equal access to all users.
Dustin Peyer: States should control transportation policy.
Doug Burgum: Main Street Initiative: use existing infrastructure fully.
John Hoeven: Driver privacy for Event Data Recorder on cars & motorcycles.
Jack Dalrymple: Invest reserve fund in one-time highway infrastructure.
War & Peace|
Heidi Heitkamp: Supports treaty limiting Iran's nuclear capability.
Kevin Cramer: Withdraw from treaty limiting Iran's nuclear capability.
Dustin Peyer: Bring our troops home.
Eliot Glassheim: Target terrorists anywhere; prevent hostile nuclear weapons.
Kevin Cramer: Withdraw from Afghanistan, but no timetable.
Kevin Cramer: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes.
Welfare & Poverty|
Shelley Lenz: Keep food production in ND to guarantee food for people.
Doug Burgum: World poverty is down; world health is up; ND will benefit.
Jack Dalrymple: $15 million in our Housing Incentive Fund and FlexPace.