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)
Cal Cunningham: Politicians have no place between woman and her doctor.
Al Pisano: Abortion is not a woman's unrestricted right.
Dan Forest: Claims Planned Parenthood was created to destroy black race.
Dan Forest: I believe in the sanctity of human life.
Holly Grange: Highlights anti-abortion stance in campaign announcement.
Dan Forest: Urged vote for Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
Erica Smith: State "born alive" abortion law criminalizes women & doctors.
Ted Budd: Obey God rather than man: I am 100% pro-life.
Deborah Ross: All employers should cover contraceptives (no RFRA).
Roy Cooper: No politicians in medical room telling doctor what to say.
Mark Walker: Protect the sanctity of human life.
Mark Walker: Human life begins at conception.
Thom Tillis: Human life begins at conception.
Sean Haugh: No role for government in regulating abortion.
Sean Haugh: No state nor federal government role in abortion.
Deborah Ross: Allow ObamaCare state exchanges to provide abortion services.
Thom Tillis: Require 24-hour information period before abortion.
Budget & Economy|
Thom Tillis: Continue to hold the line on spending.
Al Pisano: Market-led recovery better than stimulus.
Erica Smith: Targeted investments to revitalize rural economies.
Erica Smith: Tax cuts, fiscal policy should prioritize job creation.
Ted Budd: Fiscal responsibility needed for U.S. to lead the world.
Chris Rey: As mayor, revitalized downtown & turned around economy.
Mark Walker: Reduce government regulations that smother American business.
Mark Walker: Free enterprise instead of assuring livable income.
Thom Tillis: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
Sean Haugh: Scrap the Federal Reserve.
Erica Smith: We don't have an agenda for addressing minority concerns.
Dan Forest: Opposed repeal of transgender "bathroom bill".
Cal Cunningham: Will stand with the LGBTQI community against discrimination.
Cal Cunningham: Restore Voting Rights Act; for automatic voter registration.
Erica Smith: Universal, automatic voter registration.
Erica Smith: Supports Equal Rights amendment to Constitution.
Dan Forest: Opponents of voter ID law racist and stand for fraud.
Dan Forest: Supreme Court gay marriage ruling a "power grab".
Pat McCrory: Let states decide on same-sex marriage.
Dan Bishop: Authored "bathroom bill": no trans-gendered public restrooms.
Roy Cooper: Workplace discrimination "bathroom bill" is unacceptable.
Roy Cooper: Repeal the "Bathroom Bill"; it's a dark cloud over NC.
Ted Budd: Defend marriage and protect religious freedom.
Deborah Ross: Transgender individuals use public bathrooms of their choice.
Holly Grange: Courts will decide if LGBT people are a protected class.
Richard Burr: Let same-sex marriage be decided by the states.
Pat McCrory: Transgendered people must use bathroom based on birth gender.
Roy Cooper: Repeal law requiring bathroom use based on birth gender.
Deborah Ross: Introduced gender pay equity bill in state legislature.
Roy Cooper: Women deserve equal pay.
Ken Spaulding: End state-based acceptance of the Confederate banner.
Pat McCrory: Terminate license plates noting Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Thom Tillis: OpEd: Supported tax cuts over help for students and women.
Thom Tillis: Defend the N.C. gay marriage ban.
Mark Walker: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman.
Thom Tillis: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Sean Haugh: Government has no say over whom consenting adults love.
Deborah Ross: Voted NO on a constitutional amendment to define marriage.
Thom Tillis: Constitutionally define marriage as one man and one woman.
Roy Cooper: Pushed to pass first U.S. anti-predatory lending law.
Cal Cunningham: Early backer of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Thom Tillis: Voted to roll back Dodd-Frank banking regulations.
Cal Cunningham: Encourage investment in minority businesses.
Dan Forest: Small businesses create jobs; repeal excessive regulations.
Deborah Ross: Corporations and wealthiest should pay their fair share.
Thom Tillis: AdWatch: began working at 15; postponed college until later.
Bev Perdue: Tax relief for corporations from highest rate in southeast.
Mark Walker: Support law enforcement, criminal justice reform.
Roy Cooper: Created task force on racial equity in criminal justice.
Cal Cunningham: End mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders.
Al Pisano: No opinion on crime & punishment.
Dan Forest: Restore law and order, violent criminals roam free.
Erica Smith: No money bonds for misdemeanors, low lever felonies.
Erica Smith: Focus on domestic terrorism, allow capital punishment.
Greg Murphy: Constitutional amendment to strengthen victims' rights.
Deborah Ross: No incarceration for nonviolent misdemeanors.
Holly Grange: Let ex-cons to apply for certain jobs without disclosure.
Holly Grange: Let ex-cons to apply for certain jobs without disclosure.
Ken Spaulding: Retry police officer who shot to death a young black man.
Chris Rey: Started workforce development program for released prisoners.
Deborah Ross: Allow statistical race evidence in death penalty cases.
Thom Tillis: Limit use of racial statistics in death penalty cases.
Cal Cunningham: Let states regulate and tax cannabis.
Al Pisano: Marijuana is a gateway drug˙.
Roy Cooper: Launched state's first Opioid Action Plan in 2017.
Erica Smith: Legalize marijuana; reduce or commute prison sentences.
Roy Cooper: Eliminate stigma & encourage opioid addicts to get treatment.
Deborah Ross: Supports medical marijuana.
Richard Burr: Marijuana has no value that you can't get thru other things.
Sean Haugh: End the Drug War.
Sean Haugh: War on drugs is a war on our own people.
Pat McCrory: Coordinated effort against cartel drug rings.
Mark Walker: Has championed school choice; empower parents and students.
Thom Tillis: More loan relief to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cal Cunningham: Phase out school vouchers to pay for private school.
Thom Tillis: Supports vouchers for students to attend private schools.
Cal Cunningham: Public education should be an engine of opportunity for all.
Cal Cunningham: Lower cost of college; expand access; reduce burden of debt.
Al Pisano: Vouchers for school choice.
Cal Cunningham: Expand Pell Grants; allow refinancing of student loans.
Roy Cooper: Proposed 9.1% pay increase for teachers, 8.5% compromise.
Dan Forest: Provide students with options: Opportunity Scholarships.
Holly Grange: Wants teacher pay to be tops in the region.
Erica Smith: Strengthen public schools, emphasis on future workers.
Erica Smith: Make Community Colleges as affordable as possible.
Dan Forest: A leader in the school choice movement.
Dan Forest: Expand voucher program for every family.
Dan Forest: Every public school needs strong principal & armed guard.
Dan Forest: Support school choice and competition in education.
Eric Mansfield: Focus education on employment and economy.
Garland Tucker: Criticized Congress for not cutting Education Dept. budget.
Roy Cooper: $8 billion in building or renovating schools.
Roy Cooper: Increased teacher pay before tax cuts for the 1%.
Roy Cooper: 4,700 additional Pre-K slots for at-risk 4-year olds.
Roy Cooper: NC GROW: Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce.
Ted Budd: Parents choose what's best: public, private, or homeschool.
Deborah Ross: Make first two years of community college free.
Ken Spaulding: Private school vouchers will re-segregate our public schools.
Pat McCrory: Expand school choice, charter schools and home schools.
Chris Rey: Read with the Mayor: volunteer program at grade schools.
Erica Smith: Stop cuts to education; compensate our teachers.
Mark Walker: Oppose Common Core; empower families through vouchers.
Thom Tillis: Department of Education is 5,000 overpaid bureaucrats.
Kay Hagan: Repeatedly stressed support for public schools.
Thom Tillis: Oppose Common Core; eliminate U.S. Department of Education.
Sean Haugh: Scrap the Common Core curriculum standards.
Bev Perdue: $400M federal funds for Ready Set Go! Initiative.
George Bush Sr.: Churches & private schools provide 93% of education funding.
Energy & Oil|
Dan Forest: Climate change is the religion of the left.
Cal Cunningham: 100% renewable energy by 2050; rejoin Paris Agreement.
Cal Cunningham: Invest in clean energy economy for jobs & reducing pollution.
Al Pisano: Don't prioritize green energy.
Roy Cooper: Cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2025, 70% by 2030.
Holly Grange: Make strides in renewable energy, be stewards of resources.
Erica Smith: Supports solar & wind; reduce emissions & carbon.
Erica Smith: Opposed state moratorium on wind farms.
Roy Cooper: Reducing greenhouse gas means green jobs.
Holly Grange: Climate change exists; not sure if it's all manmade.
Holly Grange: Offshore oil exploration can be done safely.
Roy Cooper: Supports Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.
Mark Walker: Much "so-called" science of climate change is contested.
Mark Walker: No federal subsidies for wind & solar.
Thom Tillis: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Thom Tillis: Climate change is not an established fact.
Kay Hagan: Advocate for Keystone XL pipeline.
Deborah Ross: Voted NO on horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking.
Thom Tillis: Use hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil & gas extraction.
Cal Cunningham: Supported state Clean Smokestacks Act.
Roy Cooper: Vetoed weakening environmental/health regulations.
Al Pisano: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
Dan Forest: Protect environment, no to "apocalyptic alarmism".
Erica Smith: Opposed weakening environmental/health regulations.
Holly Grange: Opposed weakening environmental/health regulations.
Pat McCrory: Remove regulations on Environmental and Natural Resources.
Noam Chomsky: Unfair for emerging economies to bear environmental burden.
Families & Children|
Cal Cunningham: Supports Equality Act, and overdue Equal Rights Amendment.
Al Pisano: Opposes same-sex marriage.
Greg Murphy: $2.7M for additional screening tests for newborns.
Chris Rey: AdWatch: Faith, family, and service give my life meaning.
Thom Tillis: Defend the institution of the traditional family.
Cal Cunningham: Protect US with smart diplomacy & working with allies.
Al Pisano: No opinion on American Exceptionalism˙.
Garland Tucker: Wouldn't think twice about cutting foreign aid.
Ted Budd: When America is strong, the world is safer.
Deborah Ross: Work with Iran on nukes; work with allies on ISIS.
Deborah Ross: Approach threats in multilateral way, like Iran nuclear deal.
Richard Burr: 13% on Livable World scorecard; opposed Iran nuke deal.
Mark Walker: End foreign aid to nations that abhor our heritage.
Sean Haugh: No global policeman; no foreign entanglements.
Phil Scott: Opposed tariffs on Canadian products.
Al Pisano: No opinion on free trade.
Thom Tillis: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
Deborah Ross: Always against the TPP; we need to stop trade agreements.
Sean Haugh: We need to completely change to free trade.
Bev Perdue: Visited China to see N.C.'s competition.
Phil Scott: Vote-by-mail bill became law without his signature.
Roy Cooper: Voter ID is a solution for no problem.
Roy Cooper: Vetoed shielding death investigation records from public.
Erica Smith: Voted for shielding death investigation records from public.
Holly Grange: Voted for shielding death investigation records from public.
Cal Cunningham: For campaign finance reform & independent redistricting.
Al Pisano: Opposes making voter registration easier.
Erica Smith: All federal candidates should release tax returns.
Greg Murphy: Weaken governor's appointment powers over elections board.
Holly Grange: Weaken governor's appointment powers over elections board.
Dan Bishop: Weaken governor's appointment powers over elections board.
Erica Smith: Sustain veto keeping strong non-political elections board.
Roy Cooper: Veto weakening appointment powers over elections board.
Ted Budd: It's time to take on the Establishment.
Greg Brannon: I believe in a constitutionally limited government.
Mark Walker: Require photo ID for voting.
Thom Tillis: Photo ID for voting.
Thom Tillis: Helped engineer voter ID legislation.
Richard Hudson: Eliminate 527s and force full disclosure.
Deborah Ross: Voted NO on shortening early voting period.
Bev Perdue: Consolidate 14 state agencies into 8; cut $2.2B from budget.
Thom Tillis: No new restrictions on independent campaign expenditures.
Deborah Ross: Establish one-stop registration and voting sites.
Dan Forest: Deeply skeptical of laws that undermine 2nd Amendment rights.
Cal Cunningham: Supports background checks & ban on high capacity magazines.
Cal Cunningham: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority.
Al Pisano: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Erica Smith: For universal background checks, ban on assault rifles.
Ted Budd: Eliminating our gun rights is a wrongheaded idea.
Holly Grange: Okay with local background check & training program.
Deborah Ross: Tried to block legislation that would allow concealed carry.
Deborah Ross: Supports commonsense gun safety and background checks.
Mark Walker: Strong believer in the Second Amendment.
Mark Walker: Additional restrictive gun control laws are unneeded.
Thom Tillis: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Deborah Ross: Voted NO on concealed carry in restaurants and state parks.
Dan Forest: Coverage is just a piece of plastic--drive down costs.
Cal Cunningham: Strengthen Affordable Care Act; create public option.
Cal Cunningham: Extended Medicaid can catch people as they're knocked down.
Al Pisano: Oppose ObamaCare.
Dan Forest: Criticized governor's closure of restaurants for coronavirus.
Dan Forest: Against Medicaid expansion under Affordable Care Act.
Holly Grange: Against Medicaid expansion, favors work requirements.
Erica Smith: Affordable health care for all, Medicaid expansion.
Cal Cunningham: Add public option to ObamaCare; support Medicaid expansion.
Erica Smith: Expand ObamaCare but would not vote against Medicare for All.
Dan Forest: Opt out of the national healthcare plan.
Eric Mansfield: Supports tort reform & free market competition.
Roy Cooper: Accept Federal dollars to expand Medicaid.
Ted Budd: ObamaCare is wreaking havoc on our economy.
Chris Rey: Expand Medicaid despite North Carolina's state legislature.
Mark Walker: Repeal ObamaCare; implement market-based solutions.
Mark Walker: Repeal ObamaCare.
Thom Tillis: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Thom Tillis: Voting for ObamaCare is a fire-able offense.
Kay Hagan: AdWatch: Hagan promised wrongly that all can keep insurance.
Thom Tillis: AdWatch: ObamaCare is a disaster.
Kay Hagan: I'd vote for ObamaCare again, but do "sensible fixes".
Thom Tillis: AdWatch: TV PAC attack on ObamaCare is a "badge of honor".
Kay Hagan: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Kay Hagan: AdWatch: Voted against consumers keeping pre-ObamaCare plans.
Thom Tillis: Do everything in our power to undo ObamaCare.
Deborah Ross: Expand state Medicaid under ObamaCare.
George Bush Sr.: Let people buy into Medicaid; no mandated insurance.
Mark Walker: Improve care and service to veterans.
Cal Cunningham: Fight for military project funding in NC; support veterans.
Al Pisano: No opinion on expanding the military.
Dan Forest: $2500 bonus to business hiring, training veterans.
Holly Grange: US Army veteran: duty, honor, country.
Deborah Ross: Maintain a strong military & care for veterans.
Chris Rey: Organized bipartisan "Save the 440th Airlift Wing" coalition.
Chris Rey: Improve support for military veterans.
Richard Burr: OpEd: Quashed release of report about CIA torture.
Mark Walker: We need the strongest, most capable military in the world.
Mark Walker: Maintain a numerically superior nuclear arsenal.
Thom Tillis: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Sean Haugh: Repeal the abomination of the Patriot Act.
Sean Haugh: Stop drone warfare.
Pat McCrory: For our heroes, retain troop bases & defense manufacturing.
Richard Hudson: I do not support Obama's proposal to cut $1T from Defense.
Bev Perdue: N.C. is most military-friendly state in America.
Cal Cunningham: Comprehensive immigration reform, protect DREAMers.
Al Pisano: No opinion on pathway to citizenship.
Erica Smith: Supports DREAM Act for route to citizenship.
Dan Forest: Require students to pass US citizenship exam.
Dan Forest: Claims thousands of children attacked by foreign criminals.
Dan Forest: Secure our borders against illegal immigration.
Erica Smith: Voted NO on requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE.
Holly Grange: Voted YES on requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE.
Roy Cooper: Vetoed bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE.
Dan Forest: No nation has ever survived diversity and multiculturalism.
Holly Grange: Mandate that sheriffs comply with ICE requests.
Garland Tucker: Agree with Trump on "emergency declaration" to fund wall.
Garland Tucker: Biggest issues are immigration & government spending.
Deborah Ross: Support the DREAM Act.
Chris Rey: Support giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Deborah Ross: Support giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Roy Cooper: Supports "pause" in Syrian refugee immigration to NC.
Mark Walker: Opposed to all forms of amnesty; close porous borders.
Mark Walker: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry.
Thom Tillis: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Thom Tillis: Amnesty shouldn't be on the table.
Kay Hagan: Inaction is not an option; comprehensive reform is best.
Thom Tillis: Bipartian failure to secure the border.
Sean Haugh: Free movement across borders instead of curbs on immigration.
Sean Haugh: I believe in open borders.
Richard Hudson: End "birth right citizenship".
Erskine Bowles: More border security.
Dan Forest: 2012: minimum wage laws unfair intrusion into labor market.
Phil Scott: Supported right-to-work, vetoed family medical leave.
Phil Scott: Vetoed bill that raised minimum wage.
Roy Cooper: $15 "admirable goal" for minimum wage.
Cal Cunningham: For workplace protections, supports NC's right to work laws.
Thom Tillis: Co-sponsored National Right to Work Act.
Cal Cunningham: Raise the minimum wage; support equal pay for equal work.
Al Pisano: Don't legally require hiring more women/minorities.
Dan Forest: State should look to the future in attracting companies.
Holly Grange: Recruit American companies bringing good, high paying jobs.
Holly Grange: Companies getting incentives must bring new local jobs.
Erica Smith: Raise minimum wage to $15/hour by 2024.
Erica Smith: Supports labor movement & collective bargaining.
Dan Forest: Train guidance counselors to help students enter trades.
Dan Forest: Assistance for veterans joining state law enforcement.
Eric Mansfield: Highly skilled work force drives sustained prosperity.
Roy Cooper: NC Job Ready: state helps train students, handle expenses.
Roy Cooper: Grow out Unemployment Trust Fund to more than $2 billion.
Tom Cotton: Yes on minimum wage of $8.25, but no minimum-wage-economy.
Thom Tillis: Opposes federal minimum wage; but let states decide.
Tim Scott: $1,000 tax credit for job-training apprenticeships.
Pat McCrory: Recruit and retain N.C. jobs, in RTP and in small towns.
Pat McCrory: Use lottery money for education, not lottery advertising.
Principles & Values|
Mark Walker: A record of being both a conservative and a bridge builder.
Erica Smith: I earned my stripes; paid my dues; played by the rules.
Erica Smith: Black women come from hard work; should have more value.
Dan Forest: Freedom of religion--not freedom from religion.
Thom Tillis: Outspoken in my defense of our freedom of religion.
Al Pisano: Keep God in the public sphere.
Holly Grange: Leaders bring people together to get things done.
Dan Forest: Country has kicked God out schools, courts, nation.
Dan Forest: Nation founded on the principles of Jesus Christ.
Garland Tucker: Was less pro-Trump than anti-Clinton.
Garland Tucker: Delighted and amazed at Trump's commitment to conservatives.
Roy Cooper: Common Ground Solutions instead of either/or choices.
Greg Brannon: Tea Party supporter of constitutional conservative fighters.
Ken Spaulding: Land development lawyer; served six years in the state House.
Mark Walker: Judeo-Christian framework is moral; Shariah is a threat.
Thom Tillis: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Thom Tillis: A self-made man who grew up in a trailer park.
Sean Haugh: YouTube-based campaign as Libertarian party nominee.
Sean Haugh: The spoiler argument is bogus on every level.
Thom Tillis: Served on town commission; ousted sitting State House Rep.
Thom Tillis: "Moral Mondays" are for whining losers who oppose GOP agenda.
Pat McCrory: When you try to appease everyone, you satisfy no one.
Thom Tillis: Keep the promises we've already made.
Cal Cunningham: Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security.
Al Pisano: No opinion on Social Security privatization.
Deborah Ross: Government shouldn't cut nor privatize Social Security.
Richard Hudson: Reform the system for those my age and younger.
Mark Walker: Cut taxes for middle income families, for balanced budget.
Thom Tillis: 2017 tax cuts were "historic tax reform".
Cal Cunningham: Tax cuts for wealthy & corporations fuel income inequality .
Al Pisano: Oppose higher taxes on the wealthy.
Dan Forest: Best business incentive is tax relief.
Erica Smith: Supports a Service Worker's Tax Act.
Dan Forest: Eliminate state tax on out-of-state military pay.
Dan Forest: Lower taxes, smaller government, & personal responsibility.
Mark Walker: Replace broken tax code with flat tax and FairTax models.
Cal Cunningham: Invest in high-speed broadband, other infrastructure.
Roy Cooper: Public/private team up for rural internet access.
Roy Cooper: Rural high-speed broadband access, and technical training.
Bev Perdue: 46,000 students in NC Virtual Public High School.
War & Peace|
Cal Cunningham: Congress must reassert role over military operations.
Al Pisano: Avoid foreign entanglements˙.
Holly Grange: Worked with Democrats on taking care of veterans.
Deborah Ross: Committed to defeating ISIS, with our international partners.
Richard Burr: We have effective oversight of CIA and drone strikes.
Thom Tillis: Withdrawing too quickly from Iraq left vacuum for ISIS.
Kay Hagan: Supports Obama's anti-ISIS strategy.
Thom Tillis: Too little is known about Syrian rebels to arm them.
Kay Hagan: US should have more quickly armed the moderate Syrian rebels.
Thom Tillis: US should have more quickly armed the moderate Syrian rebels.
Sean Haugh: Opposes US military intervention abroad.
Sean Haugh: Stay out of the Russia-Ukraine imbroglio.
Sean Haugh: Iraq exit plan is to find a door and exit.
Richard Hudson: No timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Richard Hudson: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes.
Welfare & Poverty|
Roy Cooper: Create affordable, available housing for disaster recovery.
Thom Tillis: No government assistance for those who can help themselves.
Elizabeth Dole: Flexibility in welfare programs via federal block grants.