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)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test, by Project Vote Smart
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from Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test (number of quotes indicated):
- Alexander Snitker (9) Florida Libertarian Lt. Governor Challenger
- Alvin Greene (11) 2010 Democratic Challenger South Carolina
- Bill McChesney (12) Montana Democratic 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
- Chris Coons (6) Democratic Jr Senator Delaware
- Eric Deaton (8) 2010 Constitution Party challenger Ohio
- Gloria La Riva (12) California Party for Socialism and Liberation
- Joe Bellis (10) 2010 Reform Party Challenger Kansas
- Joe Kyrillos (9) Republican Challenger New Jersey
- Joe Miller (16) Challenger and previous Republican Nominee Alaska
- Julia Brownley (11) Democrat U.S. Rep California-26
- Mark Zaccaria (4) Republican Senate Challenger Rhode Island
- Michael Pryce (11) Republican Challenger (lost 2012 primary) Ohio
- Randy Weber (7) Republican U.S. Rep Texas-14
- Tom Sullivan (9) 2010 Democrat Challenger Idaho
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
The "Political Courage Test", according to Project Vote-Smart, "measures each candidate’s willingness to provide citizens with their positions on key issues. Most candidates, fearing their opponents might use their positions in attack ads, refuse or only respond to a few questions that their consultants stamp as safe. Each candidate is repeatedly confronted with these issue questions by Vote Smart, national media and political leaders of both major parties."
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Joe Kyrillos: Pro-life except rape & incest.
Joe Kyrillos: No funding for stem cell research, embryonic or not.
Bill McChesney: Abortion very last option, but make that choice without fear.
Bill McChesney: Supports stem cell research.
Gloria La Riva: Right to abortion regardless of ability to pay.
Gloria La Riva: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
Michael Pryce: Completely against abortion as a form of birth control.
Michael Pryce: No funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Randy Weber: Require parental notification and parental consent.
Randy Weber: No embryonic stem cell research.
Julia Brownley: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
Alvin Greene: Pro-choice; but no federal subsidies.
Alvin Greene: Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Chris Coons: Pro-choice, but no federal subsidies.
Chris Coons: Support embryonic stem cell research.
Joe Bellis: Pro-life with no exceptions.
Joe Bellis: Supports federal embryonic stem cell research.
Joe Miller: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Tom Sullivan: Decision by an individual based upon their faith.
Alexander Snitker: Government must define when life begins & then protect it.
Alexander Snitker: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Joe Kyrillos: No same-sex marriage; no orientation discrimination laws.
Joe Kyrillos: Affirmative action ok, but not with quotas.
Bill McChesney: Civil unions ok; but not same-sex marriage.
Bill McChesney: Supports affirmative action.
Mark Zaccaria: Marriage only between one man and one woman.
Michael Pryce: End affirmative action programs.
Michael Pryce: Marriage only between one man and one woman.
Randy Weber: No affirmative action; no "gender identity".
Julia Brownley: Supports affirmative action.
Julia Brownley: Supports same-sex domestic partnerships & marriage.
Alvin Greene: End affirmative action programs.
Alvin Greene: Marriage for one-man-one-woman; no gays in military.
Joe Bellis: No definition of marriage; but no gays in military.
Joe Bellis: End affirmative action, and most other, federal programs.
Joe Miller: No openly gay members in the military.
Joe Miller: End affirmative action programs.
Alexander Snitker: Open gays ok in military; don't define marriage.
Alexander Snitker: End affirmative action programs.
Joe Kyrillos: Support capital punishment.
Joe Kyrillos: Don't prosecute minors as adults; consider alternatives.
Bill McChesney: No to capital punishment; yes to prosecuting minors.
Gloria La Riva: Opposes capital punishment; shut down most prisons.
Michael Pryce: Supports capital punishment.
Michael Pryce: No reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders.
Randy Weber: Supports the death penalty.
Randy Weber: Alternative sentencing ok; trying minors sometimes ok.
Julia Brownley: Opposes capital punishment.
Julia Brownley: Alternative sentencing and separate juvenile courts.
Alvin Greene: Supports capital punishment.
Joe Bellis: No capital punishment.
Joe Miller: Supports capital punishment.
Joe Miller: Mandatory prison for drugs; reduced prison for non-violence.
Tom Sullivan: Supports capital punishment.
Tom Sullivan: No mandatory prison for drugs; reduced for non-violence.
Alexander Snitker: Supports capital punishment.
Alexander Snitker: Job-training, substance-abuse, & early-release for prisoners.
Eric Deaton: Being pro-life, I believe in very limited capital punishment.
Bill McChesney: Medical marijuana ok; but wait on decriminalization.
Michael Pryce: Mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Randy Weber: Keep marijuana possession criminalized.
Julia Brownley: Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Alvin Greene: No mandatory drug sentences.
Joe Bellis: No mandatory prison sentences for selling drugs.
Joe Miller: Mandatory prison for drugs, with substance-abuse treatment.
Tom Sullivan: No mandatory prison for drugs, yes substance-abuse treatment.
Alexander Snitker: No mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Eric Deaton: Rehabilitate drug sellers rather than just locking them up.
Joe Kyrillos: Supports teacher merit pay; supports charter schools.
Bill McChesney: No state funding for charter schools.
Gloria La Riva: Guaranteed free education from pre-K through college.
Michael Pryce: Federal funding for K-12 school vouchers.
Julia Brownley: Supports charter schools.
Joe Bellis: No vouchers; no charters; no federal involvement.
Joe Miller: Federal funding is unconstitutional.
Energy & Oil|
Bill McChesney: Develop alternative energy AND non-renewables.
Gloria La Riva: International and domestic rules to reduce climate change.
Mark Zaccaria: No climate change laws; no cap-&-trade; more oil exploration.
Julia Brownley: Switch from traditional energy to alternatives.
Alvin Greene: National & international regulations for climate change.
Alvin Greene: Domestic oil exploration, nuclear power, & alternatives.
Eric Deaton: Produce oil from the easy state-side locations.
Bill McChesney: Manage wolf hunting; preserve open spaces.
Gloria La Riva: Increase fuel efficiency standards; and don't build nukes.
Gloria La Riva: Close all US bases abroad; and exit all war zones.
Joe Miller: Supports US involvement in free trade agreements.
Alexander Snitker: No free trade agreements; free trade with all nations.
Eric Deaton: Free trade agreements have destroyed our economy.
Joe Kyrillos: Term limits; campaign donation limits; full disclosure.
Bill McChesney: Limit all types of state campaign contributions.
Gloria La Riva: Eliminate corporate campaign contributions.
Michael Pryce: Remove all contribution & spending limits on campaigns.
Randy Weber: No limits on campaign contributions nor campaign spending.
Julia Brownley: Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending.
Julia Brownley: Lengthen term limits for state legislators.
Alvin Greene: Keep campaign donation limits; no voluntary spending limits.
Chris Coons: Campaign spending is not a form of speech.
Joe Miller: Increase campaign limits; deregulate corporate donations.
Tom Sullivan: Keep limits on political donations; restrict corporations.
Eric Deaton: Limit & regulate campaign contributions.
Eric Deaton: No line item veto; limit "signing statements".
Joe Kyrillos: Restrict gun purchases; no concealed carry.
Bill McChesney: No restrictions; no licenses; even for concealed carry.
Gloria La Riva: Second Amendment guarantees individual gun ownership.
Mark Zaccaria: Second Amendment guarantees individual right to own guns.
Chris Coons: Respect 2nd Amendment with common sense limitations.
Joe Bellis: Armed citizenry is only obstacle to oppressive governmen.
Joe Miller: Yes, concealed carry; no assault rifle ban.
Bill McChesney: Mandated insurance ok; tort reform not.
Gloria La Riva: Healthcare is a right; create single-payer system.
Gloria La Riva: Eliminate military hardware &missile defense programs.
Joe Bellis: More spending to develop new weapons.
Joe Miller: Increase only missile defense & intel spending.
Tom Sullivan: Slightly increase military spending.
Eric Deaton: More spending on military R&D and hardware.
Mark Zaccaria: No pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Julia Brownley: In-state tuition OK for illegal immigrants.
Alvin Greene: Pathway to citizenship, with official English.
Chris Coons: Supports comprehensive federal immigration reform.
Tom Sullivan: Pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Alexander Snitker: Legal immigrants ok; no pathway for illegal immigrants.
Alvin Greene: Privatize elements of Social Security.
Chris Coons: Against privatizing Social Security.
Tom Sullivan: Against privatizing; but reduce regulations.
Joe Miller: Privatize elements of Social Security.
Gloria La Riva: Increase tax rate for high incomes; no tax below $50,000.
Joe Miller: Eliminate income tax; support the FairTax.
War & Peace|
Michael Pryce: No military nor development funding for Afghanistan.
Michael Pryce: Withdraw from Iraq; but sanctions on Iran.
Joe Bellis: Withdraw US troops from Iraq & Afghanistan.
Joe Miller: Focus on Afghan terrorism, not on nation-building.
Joe Miller: Keep forces in Iraq like we have in South Korea.
Tom Sullivan: Withdraw from Iraq; carry on in Pakistan.
Eric Deaton: Withdraw from Iraq; increase sanctions on Iran.
Welfare & Poverty|
Joe Miller: Eliminate federal welfare; implement federal hiring freeze.
The above quotations are from Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test, by Project Vote Smart.
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