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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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)
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)

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Interviews on 2020 House, Gubernatorial and Senate races with OnTheIssues


    Click on a participant to pop-up their full list of quotations
    from OnTheIssues interviews with 2020 candidates (number of quotes indicated):
  • Al Pisano (20) North Carolina Constitution Party Challenger
  • Andrew Straw (9) Disability party candidate for Vermont House Indiana
  • Bob Walsh (20) Libertarian Senate Challenger New Mexico
  • Donald Trump (4) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • Joe Biden (6) Democratic V.P.
  • Sandy Smith (20) Republican 2020 Senate Challenger North Carolina
  • Seth Moulton (1) Massachusetts Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:

We at OnTheIssues.org ask all candidates for answers to our 20 questions in our VoteMatch quiz. The following Senate candidates have responded in detail. Responding to press inquiries like ours shows a level of openness that augurs well for the candidate in office, regardless of party affiliation.

Almost always, the incumbent ignores our requests, indicating that they don't want their constituents to know their issue stances. We track their voting records accordingly, and infer their VoteMatch responses based on those. We also collect up public statements and book excerpts, and include those in our VoteMatch quiz results as well.

Below are the responses from this year's candidates.


-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Bob Walsh: Supports a woman's unrestricted right.
    Al Pisano: Abortion is not a woman's unrestricted right.
    Sandy Smith: The right to life is the most important right.
    Andrew Straw: No abortion for characteristics selection; that's eugenics.
Budget & Economy
    Bob Walsh: Market-led recovery better than stimulus.
    Al Pisano: Market-led recovery better than stimulus.
    Sandy Smith: We're $22 trillion in debt with no end in sight.
    Andrew Straw: I'm a Keynesian; control the money supply.
Corporations
    Andrew Straw: Make corporations easier and cheaper to create and use.
Crime
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, not endorsed by Portland's Sheriff.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, Trump aide said rioting & chaos helps Trump.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Endorsed by 175 law enforcement officials.
    Bob Walsh: Stricter punishment doesn't reduce crime.
    Al Pisano: No opinion on crime & punishment.
    Sandy Smith: Maximum penalty for horrible crimes like murder and rape.
Drugs
    Bob Walsh: Marijuana isn't a gateway drug.
    Al Pisano: Marijuana is a gateway drug˙.
    Sandy Smith: Let doctors prescribe marijuana, at state level.
    Andrew Straw: Complete legalization of marijuana at federal & state level.
Education
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Attended U.Delaware, not Delaware State HBCU.
    Bob Walsh: Supports vouchers for school choice.
    Al Pisano: Vouchers for school choice.
    Sandy Smith: Vouchers for school choice, at state level.
Energy & Oil
    Bob Walsh: Don't prioritize green energy.
    Al Pisano: Don't prioritize green energy.
    Sandy Smith: Let the free market work on green energy.
Environment
    Bob Walsh: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
    Al Pisano: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
    Sandy Smith: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
Families & Children
    Bob Walsh: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Al Pisano: Opposes same-sex marriage.
    Sandy Smith: Supreme Court overstepped by redefining marriage.
    Andrew Straw: Make divorce as easy to get as marriage.
Foreign Policy
    Bob Walsh: Opposes American Exceptionalism.
    Al Pisano: No opinion on American Exceptionalism˙.
    Sandy Smith: Support American Exceptionalism.
Free Trade
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Yes, US has tried "Buy American" for 100 years.
    Bob Walsh: Support & expand free trade.
    Al Pisano: No opinion on free trade.
    Sandy Smith: Expand free trade, but treat U.S. fairly.
    Andrew Straw: If unions oppose a trade deal, I do too.
Government Reform
    Bob Walsh: Make voter registration easier.
    Al Pisano: Opposes making voter registration easier.
    Joe Biden: 30 years ago, I proposed campaign finance reform.
    Sandy Smith: Protect against fraud, waste, & abuse of our voting system.
Gun Control
    Bob Walsh: Absolute right to gun ownership.
    Al Pisano: Absolute right to gun ownership.
    Sandy Smith: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, America has tested less than Europe combined.
    Bob Walsh: Opposes ObamaCare.
    Al Pisano: Oppose ObamaCare.
    Sandy Smith: Strongly oppose ObamaCare.
Homeland Security
    Bob Walsh: Don't expand the military.
    Al Pisano: No opinion on expanding the military.
    Sandy Smith: Obama drastically weakened our great military.
    Andrew Straw: Minimum income and benefits for those who served in military.
Immigration
    Bob Walsh: Pathway to citizenship; there are no illegal aliens.
    Al Pisano: No opinion on pathway to citizenship.
    Sandy Smith: Merit-based immigration; protect American workers first.
Jobs
    Bob Walsh: Opposes affirmative action hiring.
    Al Pisano: Don't legally require hiring more women/minorities.
    Sandy Smith: Free-market capitalism instead of affirmative action.
Principles & Values
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: No, only 50% of recent presidents were Ivy league.
    Bob Walsh: Separate religion from public sphere.
    Al Pisano: Keep God in the public sphere.
    Sandy Smith: Keep God in the public sphere.
    Andrew Straw: Religious freedom is individual right, not government power.
Social Security
    Bob Walsh: Privatize but Ponzi scheme will fail.
    Al Pisano: No opinion on Social Security privatization.
    Sandy Smith: Privatize Social Security, with protections.
Tax Reform
    Donald Trump: Fact Check: Claims falsely that Biden would raise all taxes.
    Joe Biden: Return top rate to 39.6% from 37%; cap itemized deductions.
    Bob Walsh: Lower taxes for the middle class.
    Al Pisano: Oppose higher taxes on the wealthy.
    Sandy Smith: Tax all Americans fairly at the same rate.
War & Peace
    Bob Walsh: Avoid foreign entanglements.
    Al Pisano: Avoid foreign entanglements˙.
    Sandy Smith: Avoid foreign entanglements; peace through strength.
    Seth Moulton: AdWatch: Don't send troops back to Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty
    Andrew Straw: National public housing system is broken.


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  • Joe Biden Democratic V.P.
  • Sandy Smith Republican 2020 Senate Challenger North Carolina
  • Seth Moulton Massachusetts Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6

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