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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)

Book Reviews

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2022 Pennsylvania Senate race: debates and news coverage

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    from 2022 PA Senate race (number of quotes indicated):
  • Carla Sands (4) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Craig Snyder (1) Republican Senate Challenger Pennsylvania
  • David McCormick (17) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Everett Stern (6) Republican Senate candidate Pennsylvania
  • Jeff Bartos (31) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • John Fetterman (10) Pennsylvania Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania Lt. Gov.
  • Kathy Barnette (11) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Malcolm Kenyatta (6) Senate Candidate Pennsylvania
  • Mehmet Oz (22) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Pat Toomey (4) Republican Jr Senator Pennsylvania
  • Sean Parnell (3) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Val Arkoosh (17) Democratic Challenger Pennsylvania
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    2022 Pennsylvania Senate debates and race coverage:
  • Fox News FactCheck, "Fetterman stumbles during debate when questioned about flip-flop on support for fracking," by Kyle Morris, October 25, 2022, (Link)
  • Snopes/OnTheIssues interviews for legislators who missed votes on the January 6th Scorecard, 1/6/22
  • FOX News, "Dr. Oz's past gun control positions raise eyebrows, but he says he strongly supports Second Amendment," by Timothy Nerozzi, 12/7/21
  • Inside Sources blog, "Energy Pros Dismiss Liz Warren's Complaints: 'It's Econ 101, Not Rocket Science'," by Chris Woodward, December 06, 2021
  • The Bulwark, "Dr. Oz Quacks the Code of Republican Politics," by Mona Charen, December 1, 2021
  • LGBTQ Nation blog, "Dr. Oz is running for Senate as a Pennsylvania Republican; he lives in New Jersey," by John Gallagher, November 30, 2021
  • FOX News Hannity: "Dr. Oz: 'Any Government That's Large Enough To Give You Everything Is Powerful Enough To Take It All Away'," November 30, 2021
  • Internet Movie Database: Carla Sands, Actress, downloaded 11/2/2021
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer{ "Pa. Senate candidate Sean Parnell's wife testified that he choked her and hit their children," by Jonathan Tamari, Nov 1, 2021
  • Townhall: "The Mandates Are Just Starting," by Carla Sands, Oct 19, 2021
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Abortion is a key issue for Pa. Democrats, and it could supercharge the 2022 midterms," by Julia Terruso, Oct 10, 2021
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Here's where candidates for Pa. Senate and governor stand on Texas' abortion ban," by Julia Terruso and Jonathan Tamari, Oct 10, 2021
  • KDKA Pittsburgh-CBS, "In GOP Race For Senate Nomination, Jeff Bartos Calls Sean Parnell 'Unelectable,' Bringing Tough Response From Parnell," by Jon Delano, September 20, 2021
  • Imperial Valley Press, "Senate candidates bash big tech while owning their stock, " by John L. Micek, Sep 10, 2021
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, "Accepting Afghan refugees is the latest issue dividing Pennsylvania Republicans," by Andrew Seidman, Aug 31, 2021
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, "On board the Jeff Bartos bus, a Senate candidate blends business talk with culture-war rhetoric," by Chris Brennan, Aug 4, 2021
  • Observer-Reporter, "Bartos visits Washington County to stir support for U.S. Senate bid," by Brad Hundt, Jul 30, 2021
  • Westfield Free Press-Courier, "U.S. Senate candidate visits Wellsboro on statewide tour," by Kelly Stemcosky, Jul 29, 2021
  • WITF / WHYY, "Philly Republican makes bid for U.S. Senate on anti-Trump agenda," by Katie Meyer, July 28, 2021
  • Emily's List endorsement, Val Arkoosh, 7/25/21
  • WTAE Pittsburgh Action News, "One-on-one with Democratic candidate for US Senate Val Arkoosh," Jul 20, 2021
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, "Val Arkoosh would be the first Pa. woman elected to the Senate," by Julia Terruso, July 5, 2021
  • Bloomberg.com Politics: "Republican Senators Urge Biden to End Trump-Initiated Trade War," by Laura Davison, July 1, 2021
  • Delaware Valley Journal, "Clear Party Differences In Candidates' Stances on Voting Rights Bill," by Jessica Bond, June 30, 2021
  • The Bradford Era, "Everett Stern to attend Stand Up For Israel Rally in Philadelphia," by Everett Stern, May 22, 2021
  • KDKA Pittsburgh CBS, "Sean Parnell Announces Bid For Republican Nomination For Pennsylvania's Open U.S. Senate Seat," by Jon Delano, May 11, 2021
  • The Jewish Exponent, "Whistleblower Prepares for GOP Senate Run," by Jesse Bernstein, April 1, 2021
  • Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, "Republican Jeff Bartos running for U.S. Senate," by Dave Sutor, Mar 19, 2021
  • Jewish Insider, "Jeff Bartos looks ahead to 2022," by Matthew Kassel, March 11, 2021
  • Associated Press, "Bartos declares candidacy for US Senate in Pennsylvania," by Marc Levy, March 8, 2021 Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, "Everett Stern, 'famed whistleblower,' announces run for U.S. Senate," by Bill O'Boyle, February 25, 2021
  • NEXTPittsburgh.com, "Why does Lt. Gov. John Fetterman want to run for Senate?," by Michael Machosky, January 14, 2021
  • Meet the Press interview of Pat Toomey, January 10, 2021
  • CNN State of the Union interview of Pat Toomey, January 10, 2021
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is eyeing a run for Senate in 2022," by Chris Brennan, January 8, 2021
  • Slate blog, "A Layman's Guide to John Fetterman, America's Secret Political Hope," by Heather Schwedel, Nov 07, 2020
  • KDKA-TV Pittsburgh CBS News, "Lt. Gov. Fetterman Speaks at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Picket Event," September 19, 2020
  • Pink News (LGBT UK), "Black gay Democrat tears into 'corrupt' Republican attempt to 'intimidate' voters," by Emma Powys Maurice, September 7, 2020
  • NorthCentralPA.com, "Proposed change would level the playing field between local businesses and online retailers," Jul 24, 2020
  • Marijuana Moment blog, "Dr. Oz Claims DEA And FDA Blame Each Other For Keeping Marijuana Illegal," by Kyle Jaeger, July 13, 2020
  • LGBTQ Nation News, "Black gay Pennsylvania Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is running for reelection," by Molly Sprayregen, June 28, 2020
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Pa. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta to fellow lawmakers: 'You can boo but it's true!'," by Jenice Armstrong, May 25, 2020
  • Forbes magazine, "Dr. Oz Says Medical Marijuana Could Help Solve Opioid Addiction," by Tom Angell, Sep 19, 2017
  • Rolling Stone magazine, "Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail," by Matt Taibbi, Feb. 14, 2013

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    David McCormick: Staunchly pro-life; life begins at conception.
    Kathy Barnette: I value all life, will promote alternatives to abortion.
    Val Arkoosh: We need to codify Roe v. Wade immediately.
    Mehmet Oz: Knows how precious life is and is 100% Pro-Life.
    Carla Sands: Is "unapologetically pro-life".
    Jeff Bartos: Rated pro-life by Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, LifePac.
Budget & Economy
    David McCormick: Support small businesses; get government out of the way.
    Kathy Barnette: Incentivize investments in assets that generate real growth.
    Mehmet Oz: President Biden's reckless spending has led to inflation.
    Jeff Bartos: Concerned infrastructure bill might burden working families.
    Jeff Bartos: Big companies thrived in pandemic; mom-and-pops got crushed.
    Jeff Bartos: Opposed American Rescue Plan as "spendapalooza".
    Jeff Bartos: Trump tax cuts, deregulation led to best economy pre-COVID.
Civil Rights
    David McCormick: 2013: supported same-sex marriage to Supreme Court.
    Kathy Barnette: Critical Race Theory is evil race-based Marxism.
    Val Arkoosh: For Equality Act to protect LGBTQ+ community.
    Mehmet Oz: Did program on "curing" gays; later blogged it was harmful.
    Val Arkoosh: Would be first woman physician elected to the Senate.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: BLM has to include Black queer folks & Black trans folks.
    Everett Stern: Supports regulation of financial institutions.
    David McCormick: Will always back and support law enforcement officials.
    Val Arkoosh: Train our police in de-escalation techniques.
    Jeff Bartos: Against "Defund the Police," police need to be fully funded.
    John Fetterman: Overhauled clemency process, recommended more commutations.
    John Fetterman: Must expand redemption, forgiveness side of criminal justice.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: We really do need radical reform to policing.
    Val Arkoosh: Decriminalize marijuana, reform on nonviolent drug offenses.
    Mehmet Oz: Cannabis safer than alcohol & safer than narcotics.
    John Fetterman: Listening tour, report got governor to support legalization.
    John Fetterman: Legalization means billions in revenue, thousands of jobs.
    Mehmet Oz: Marijuana not gateway to narcotics, may be the exit drug.
    Kathy Barnette: Competition is the best way to ensure innovation.
    Val Arkoosh: Supports funding of public schools, childcare, Pre-K.
    Mehmet Oz: Extreme left indoctrinating kids with anti-American ideology.
    Mehmet Oz: Will fight for more school choice for all Americans.
    Jeff Bartos: Silencing conservative students is fundamentally un-American.
    Jeff Bartos: Critical race theory is "state-sponsored racism".
    Val Arkoosh: COVID: Showed tears realizing what her own teens had lost.
Energy & Oil
    David McCormick: Needn't choose between clean environment & affordable energy.
    Kathy Barnette: Green New Deal will put millions of people out of work.
    Val Arkoosh: Supports federal efforts to ban fracking nationwide.
    Mehmet Oz: Supports fracking, will make us safer and create jobs.
    Mehmet Oz: I believe in energy independence, don't beg other countries.
    Jeff Bartos: Natural gas is bounty God has given us here in Pennsylvania.
    Jeff Bartos: Natural gas is key to future of Pennsylvania's economy.
    John Fetterman: Can't ban fracking immediately, have to be honest.
Families & Children
    Sean Parnell: Denies wife's claim of physical and verbal abuse.
    Val Arkoosh: Voters set priorities: the economy, jobs, cost of child care.
Foreign Policy
    David McCormick: Sanction China for its crimes; reparations for COVID.
    David McCormick: Promote equality and pluralism around the world.
    Jeff Bartos: Would fight UN Human Rights Council studying racism in US.
    Jeff Bartos: Let people sue China for COVID, prosecute IP theft.
    Everett Stern: Pro-Israel candidate; attended "Stand Up for Israel" rally.
    Jeff Bartos: Supports security for Israel, against Iran nuclear deal.
    Jeff Bartos: Hold China accountable, for moving embassy in Israel.
    Jeff Bartos: U.S.-Israel relationship is sacred to me and to our family.
Free Trade
    David McCormick: When China succeeds, the United States succeeds.
    David McCormick: With Bush: embrace trade; with Trump: America First.
    Val Arkoosh: For robust Buy America policies, incentivize retaining jobs.
    Mehmet Oz: We need to focus on creating jobs here in America.
Government Reform
    David McCormick: Supports Voter ID & absentee ballot signature verification.
    David McCormick: Fully supports term limits; pledges no more than two terms.
    David McCormick: January 6 was a dark chapter in American history.
    Pat Toomey: Bipartisan independent commission to investigate Jan. 6th.
    Val Arkoosh: Overturn Citizens United, won't take corporate PAC money.
    Mehmet Oz: Government that can give you everything can take it all away.
    Carla Sands: Signed Term Limits on Congress Pledge.
    Jeff Bartos: Investigate 2020 election, particularly mail-in ballots.
    Kathy Barnette: 2020: Something horribly wrong took place in this election.
    Jeff Bartos: Senseless regulations drive businesses to other countries.
    Jeff Bartos: Voting rights bill attempt by radical left to seize power.
    Sean Parnell: Filed lawsuit against no-excuse mail-in ballot system.
    Jeff Bartos: Election not stolen; Trump not to blame for insurrection.
    Jeff Bartos: For voter ID, end "no excuse" absentee ballots.
    Jeff Bartos: Signed U.S. Term Limits pledge.
    Pat Toomey: I think Trump committed impeachable offenses.
    Pat Toomey: Not clear if impeachment is valid after leaving office.
    John Fetterman: Mocked Texas AG on voter fraud accusations.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: Opposed law making voting process less accessible.
    Everett Stern: After whistleblower at HBSC, unable to find another job.
Gun Control
    David McCormick: Stand against extreme left who want to abolish our rights.
    Kathy Barnette: I live the 2d Amendment, registered conceal carry holder.
    Val Arkoosh: Ban high-capacity magazines, assault weapons.
    Mehmet Oz: Supported "red flag laws" on his television show.
    Mehmet Oz: Proud gun owner, firm believer in Second Amendment.
    Jeff Bartos: Proud gun owner since dad gave him Glock on 21st birthday.
Health Care
    David McCormick: Government should never impose vaccine mandates.
    Kathy Barnette: Don't force people through coercive mandates.
    Kathy Barnette: Remove stigmas associated with mental illness.
    Val Arkoosh: Focus on disparities in health outcomes for Black moms.
    Mehmet Oz: Elites fighting COVID pandemic took away our freedom.
    Mehmet Oz: Expand access to private sector plans for prescription drugs.
    Mehmet Oz: Criticized for promoting dubious cures on his TV show.
    Carla Sands: Vaccine mandates put us on slippery slope to tyranny.
    Jeff Bartos: Vaccinated but opposed to federal mandates.
    Jeff Bartos: Vaccine mandate is a backbreaker for small businesses.
    John Fetterman: Supports single-payer health care.
Homeland Security
    David McCormick: Advocate for resources for military and veterans.
    Val Arkoosh: Robust funding for military installations & veteran benefits.
    Everett Stern: Found money-laundering at HSBC bank to fund terrorist groups.
    Craig Snyder: Refugees among most loyal and contributing Americans.
    Sean Parnell: 30,000 refugees from Afghanistan is irresponsible.
    David McCormick: Stop illegal immigration; finish building the Wall.
    Kathy Barnette: A merit-based immigration policy that puts Americans first.
    Val Arkoosh: Fair pathway to citizenship for those willing to work for it.
    Mehmet Oz: We need to have a secure border with a barrier to protect us.
    Mehmet Oz: We're subsidizing cartels involved in human trafficking.
    Jeff Bartos: Secure the border, cut funding for sanctuary cities.
    John Fetterman: Joined newspaper employees on the picket line.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: We need to value service industry employees.
Principles & Values
    David McCormick: America is exceptional; will stand up against wokeness.
    Val Arkoosh: I am ready to call Republicans on their BS and get to work.
    Mehmet Oz: Immigrant father loved US; saw deep darkness of alternatives.
    Mehmet Oz: We need to expand the role of religious institutions.
    Carla Sands: Had brief career as movie/TV actress 1987-1991.
    Jeff Bartos: Marxists are trying to divide us by race.
    Jeff Bartos: The only candidate with meaningful ties to the state.
    Everett Stern: Voted for Trump in 2020, but thinks his behavior "atrocious".
    Jeff Bartos: People just need government to get out of the way.
    Jeff Bartos: Matters to me that I'm Jewish, not to average voter.
    Everett Stern: Protecting US is life's passion, central purpose of career.
    John Fetterman: Mentored young boy whose parents had died of AIDS.
    John Fetterman: Doesn't live in Lt. Gov.'s mansion; but opened pool to kids.
    Pat Toomey: Choice between radical left wing and Trump, not referendum.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: Liberty and justice not currently attainable for all.
Tax Reform
    Val Arkoosh: Corporations, wealthy must pay their share.
    Mehmet Oz: I believe in capitalism which means lower taxes, regulations.
    Jeff Bartos: Cut spending and waste, give working families tax breaks.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: Require online retailers to collect & remit local sales tax.
    Kathy Barnette: Break up monopolies colluding to censor unwanted speech.
    Jeff Bartos: Rein in Big Tech--but owns stock in Google and Apple.
War & Peace
    Mehmet Oz: For leaving Afghanistan but Biden surrendered to Taliban.

The above quotations are from 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race: debates and news coverage.

Sen. Toomey retiring in 2022:
PA: Incumbent Pat Toomey(R,retiring)
vs.Lt. Gov. John Fetterman(D nominee)
vs.Dr. Mehmet Oz(R nominee)
vs.Ambassador Carla Sands(R,lost primary)
vs.Congressman Conor Lamb(D,lost primary)
vs.Lt.Gov.nominee Jeff Bartos(R,lost primary)
vs.Political commentator Kathy Barnette(R,lost primary)
vs.State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta(D,lost primary)
vs.State Senator Sharif Street(D,lost primary)
vs.Candidate in 2020 House race Sean Parnell(R,withdrew)
vs.Commissioner Val Arkoosh(D,withdrew)
vs.Craig Snyder(R,withdrew)
vs.David McCormick(R,withdrew)
vs.HSBC whistleblower Everett Stern(R,withdrew)
Previous Senate debates:
2018 Pennsylvania Senate debates: vs.Casey(D) vs.Christiana(R) vs.Barletta(R) vs.Saccone(R)
2016 Pennsylvania Senate debates, Toomey vs.McGinty
2012 Penna. Senate debates, Smith vs. Scaringi vs. Rohrer
2010 Pennsylvania Senate debates, Toomey vs. Sestak
2006 Pennsylvania Senate debates, Santorum vs. Casey
Santorum authored: It Takes a Family
2004 Pennsylvania Senate debates, Specter vs. Hoeffel

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