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)
Allen Waters: Allow abortion only to protect the life of the mother.
Gina Raimondo: Signed bill codifying abortion protections.
Bob Flanders: Pro-life.
Allan Fung: Supports woman's restricted right to make medical decisions.
Allan Fung: Pro-choice position but supports a no-abortion health option.
Mark Zaccaria: Human life begins at conception.
Budget & Economy|
Dan McKee: I understand that budgets reflect priorities and policy.
Dan McKee: Strong supporter and advocate for local small business.
Gina Raimondo: We've made it easier to do business in Rhode Island.
Gina Raimondo: Put line-item veto on the ballot.
Gina Raimondo: Investing in job training, incentives helped business.
Patricia Morgan: Over-regulation hurt RI business; do cost-benefit analysis.
Bobby Nardolillo: Rationalize onerous federal regulations.
Mark Zaccaria: Senate bank regulators are too cozy with regulated banks.
Jack Reed: Postpone sequestration; then balanced taxes & cuts.
Donald Carcieri: We cannot sustain the present level of spending.
Lincoln Almond: $325M tax cuts & business incentives to attract investment.
Gina Raimondo: Signed Pride Month proclamation, defying local bishop.
Bob Flanders: Supreme Court allows religious exceptions to same-sex rights.
Gina Raimondo: Ban conversion therapy for minors.
Mark Zaccaria: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Lincoln Chafee: People of color are the future of Rhode Island.
Allan Fung: Lower costs to business helps them grow.
Patricia Morgan: Ran air charter/flight school at Green Airport for 10 years.
Bobby Nardolillo: Trump corporate tax cuts are just what the doctor ordered.
Allan Fung: History of creating jobs; he won't forget small businesses.
Donald Carcieri: Regulatory Review Task Force to reclaim business revolution.
Allan Fung: Strong stance against crime; we need accountability.
Gina Raimondo: Evidence-based approach to parole is being smart on crime.
Gina Raimondo: Legalize marijuana, since we're surrounded by legal states.
Gina Raimondo: Jobs and insurance, to combat addiction.
Allan Fung: Opioid epidemic needs more programs & preventative education.
Gina Raimondo: Address substance use disorders outside of emergency rooms.
Lincoln Chafee: Legalize medical marijuana to relieve pain.
Jack Reed: Weed and Seed: community policing & revitalize neighborhood.
Dan McKee: Set up after-school programs to make up time lost to COVID.
Dan McKee: School reform by partnering without being demanding.
Dan McKee: Make two years free community college program permanent.
Gina Raimondo: Made community college tuition free before most states.
Dan McKee: COVID and schools: locally driven, state supported.
Dan McKee: As mayor created the first mayoral charter school.
Dan McKee: Charter schools support criticized by public sector unions.
Allen Waters: Teach Natural Law & moral principles in public schools.
Allen Waters: Taxpayer dollars should fund all educational options.
Allen Waters: Phase out government student loans, leave it to free market.
Gina Raimondo: Additional $30 million to support schools statewide.
Gina Raimondo: Make scholarships for community college permanent.
Allen Waters: Let free market forces determine student loan pricing.
Gina Raimondo: Replace freeze with major investment repairing schools.
Bob Flanders: States define education standards and feds support.
Gina Raimondo: More pre-K classrooms; free community college.
Gina Raimondo: Major investment to repair crumbling schools.
Allan Fung: Choice in schools; plus funding for technical education.
Bobby Nardolillo: Diversity of choice in education.
Gina Raimondo: PrepareRI Dual Enrollment: free tuition for high schoolers.
Gina Raimondo: All-day kindergarten for all; computers in every school.
Mark Zaccaria: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
Donald Carcieri: Strong advocate of expanding Charter Schools.
Lincoln Almond: Measure school performance and report to parents.
Lincoln Almond: We will not tolerate failing schools.
Energy & Oil|
Gina Raimondo: First state to be 100% renewable energy by end of decade.
Bobby Nardolillo: Understanding Gap: do no economic harm without certainty.
Gina Raimondo: Green energy means jobs.
Bobby Nardolillo: Further research needed on climate change.
Gina Raimondo: Be most collaborative and aggressive state on wind energy.
Allan Fung: Won zoning for large scale solar installation on farmland.
Mark Zaccaria: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Donald Carcieri: Make R.I. the leader in development of offshore wind power.
Gina Raimondo: 66% increase in green jobs--good for business.
Bobby Nardolillo: Fishing industry suffers under needless catch limits.
Allan Fung: Supports protecting open space, working farms, & waterways.
Jack Reed: Beaches, parks and waterways are important to our economy.
Jack Reed: $50M for brownfield redevelopment in low-income areas.
Families & Children|
Gina Raimondo: Passed paid sick leave; improved child care.
Bob Flanders: Senate candidates accused of sexual abuse should withdraw.
Gina Raimondo: Pass modern, common-sense paid sick leave laws.
Jack Reed: Allow in Syrian refugees looking for opportunity.
Mark Zaccaria: American colors don't run, but they have been fading.
Jack Reed: Suspend aid to Egypt while military crushes protestors.
Gina Raimondo: In Israel for economic development mission.
Jack Reed: Retrain workers who lose jobs due to foreign competition.
Gina Raimondo: Rhode Island Supreme Court now multiracial, majority female.
Allen Waters: Supports amendment to set limits on campaign finance.
Bob Flanders: Require disclosure for contributions to super PACs.
Allan Fung: Internal department to audit fraud, waste and corruption.
Bobby Nardolillo: Shift elections to Saturday.
Gina Raimondo: Made RI ninth state to enact automatic voter registration.
Gina Raimondo: Allow online voter registration.
Mark Zaccaria: Photo ID for voting.
Jack Reed: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
Donald Carcieri: Reduce our reliance on government.
Bob Flanders: Let out-of-state attorneys handle state ethics cases.
Bob Flanders: Disallow legislators from serving on Lottery Commission.
Gina Raimondo: Close loopholes; ban assault weapons.
Allen Waters: Strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
Allan Fung: State funding for armed police at all schools.
Gina Raimondo: Ban all firearms from public school buildings and grounds.
Patricia Morgan: Upgrade security measures in schools instead of banning guns.
Allan Fung: Against assault rifle ban.
Bob Flanders: Ban devices that turn guns into massive killing machines.
Mark Zaccaria: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Allen Waters: Lower healthcare costs by transparency & competition.
Gina Raimondo: Almost 97% insurance rate through state health exchange.
Patricia Morgan: Let physicians practice across state lines & skip red tape.
Bobby Nardolillo: Repeal and replace Obamacare.
Gina Raimondo: Reinvent Medicaid: expand and improve access.
Mark Zaccaria: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Allan Fung: The CBO validated fears of Obamacare being a job killer.
Gina Raimondo: Close deficit, boost budget of RI Veterans Home.
Gina Raimondo: At least 3% of contracts to go to veteran-owned companies.
Allan Fung: Property tax exemptions for disabled veterans.
Mark Zaccaria: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Jack Reed: No Benghazi cover-up; had 11 hearings & 25,000 documents.
Donald Carcieri: Gratitude to armed forces for defending our freedoms.
Allen Waters: A foe of illegal immigration and of sanctuary cities.
Gina Raimondo: COVID: Get tested; no immigration officials at testing sites.
Allan Fung: Federal authorities notified on illegal immigrants releases.
Gina Raimondo: Driver's licenses for DREAMers, pathway for citizenship.
Gina Raimondo: Opposes deporting DREAMers.
Bobby Nardolillo: Get tough on illegal immigrants.
Mark Zaccaria: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Gina Raimondo: Raise minimum wage; expand earned income tax credit.
Gina Raimondo: Training for changing job market.
Gina Raimondo: Touts unemployment rate of 4.3%, lowest rate since 2001.
Gina Raimondo: Give everyone chance for dignified work at a decent wage.
Bobby Nardolillo: Don't raise minimum wage to $9.60 per hour.
Gina Raimondo: Raise minimum wage to $9.60 per hour.
Mark Zaccaria: Accepted 20 weeks of unemployment, but opposes extending it.
Donald Carcieri: Americans' top priority: put people back to work.
Dan McKee: Lieutenant governor has no power; job criticized.
Lincoln Chafee: $10 million for world-class sailing event center.
Principles & Values|
Gina Raimondo: To young women: look within; summon courage to lead.
Dan McKee: People have pride in their communities & staying in hometown.
Gina Raimondo: Remove "Providence Plantations" from state documents.
Allen Waters: Grew up in Providence; lived & ran in MA; now running in RI.
Allan Fung: Condemned with IFFY award for running "Issue-Free" campaign.
Gina Raimondo: Granddaughter of Italian immigrants; lifelong Rhode Islander.
Bob Flanders: Let both sides be heard in Supreme Court Kavanaugh hearings.
Gina Raimondo: Your family and faith will always be there.
Mark Zaccaria: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Mark Zaccaria: Former chair of state GOP; former Town Council member.
Gina Raimondo: Moved workers from state pensions to 401(k)-like plans.
Patricia Morgan: Repeal RI taxes on social security and retirement benefits.
Gina Raimondo: Cut tax on Social Security payments.
Gina Raimondo: Get most state retirees a cost of living increase.
Allen Waters: Replace income tax with national sales tax, close the IRS.
Gina Raimondo: Cut car tax & unemployment insurance tax.
Gina Raimondo: OpEd: Raimondo wants tax increases.
Allan Fung: For federal tax reform; will lower state and local taxes.
Bobby Nardolillo: Cut tax rates, cut spending.
Gina Raimondo: Reduced the corporate minimum tax.
Gina Raimondo: Cut car tax by at least 30%.
Mark Zaccaria: FairTax ends complexity that requires entire industry.
Donald Carcieri: Property tax increases can be avoided.
Lincoln Almond: Eliminate the capital gains tax.
Gina Raimondo: Fixed roads and bridges; now let's do public transportation.
Gina Raimondo: RhodeWorks: fix highways ad 12n0 bridges.
Allan Fung: Will make infrastructure a top priority in his final term.
Lincoln Chafee: Sales & use tax on online sellers with no physical presence.
Donald Carcieri: The new I-Way connects life-science academics with research.
Lincoln Almond: $8.4 million Rhode Island E-government Fund.
War & Peace|
Allen Waters: Aggressively pursue terrorists; dismantle terrorist networks.
Allen Waters: Clean up the poorly managed Veterans Affairs department.
Bob Flanders: Intervene militarily if vital interest at stake, like nukes.
Bobby Nardolillo: Supports Afghanistan war but not forever.
Sheldon Whitehouse: More troops in Afghanistan OK but revisit later.
Jack Reed: Coalition to stop Syrian WMDs, but nothing more militarily.
Jack Reed: Red line in Syria if chemical weapons used against people.
Jack Reed: More pressure on Iran; keep all options on the table.
Welfare & Poverty|
Gina Raimondo: Create dedicated funding stream to build new housing.
Allan Fung: More work/volunteer requirements in welfare benefits.
Lincoln Chafee: Yes, government has a role in struggle against poverty.