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)
Kristi Noem: Ban abortion of preborn diagnosed with Down syndrome.
Billie Sutton: Moderate with pro-gun and pro-life stances.
Dennis Daugaard: Require counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
Marty Jackley: AdWatch: Protect the unborn.
Daniel Ahlers: Oppose requiring counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
Billie Sutton: Require counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
Billie Sutton: Strong conservative history on abortion.
Jay Williams: Passing laws that restrict abortions won't stop abortions.
Gordon Howie: Man does not have the right to destroy innocent life.
Larry Pressler: Supports abortion law allowing first trimester terminations.
Nancy Turbak Berry: Repeal ban on conducting embryonic stem cell research.
Nancy Turbak Berry: No state interference with birth control or contraception.
Nancy Turbak Berry: Voted against requiring sonograms at abortion facilities.
Joel Dykstra: Voted to classify abortion as a Class 4 felony.
Budget & Economy|
Scyller Borglum: Federal budget: reduce debt & spending.
Scyller Borglum: Wooden Nickel Plan: Public vote on budget increases over 5%.
Billie Sutton: Plan for robust economic development statewide.
Gordon Howie: Economic survival depends on fiscal responsibility.
Mike Rounds: Don't promise everything then borrow it from next generation.
Gordon Howie: Say No to $17 trillion national debt.
Larry Pressler: Pay a little more taxes & give up some programs.
Dennis Daugaard: Good stewardship achieves a structurally balanced budget.
Dennis Daugaard: Invite, increase, and innovate--for economic development.
Scyller Borglum: Shouldn't adultery laws include bestiality?
Scyller Borglum: Voted no on banning gender-dysphoria instruction in schools.
Scyller Borglum: Voted no on posting "In God We Trust" signs in schools.
Jay Williams: Far too often, Native Americans are forgotten & ignored.
Gordon Howie: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Gordon Howie: Gays and lesbians choose to live outside the laws of God.
Gordon Howie: Civil unions and equal rights for gays, but not marriage.
Larry Pressler: Filed legal brief to overturn S.D.'s gay marriage ban.
Mike Rounds: Legal contracts for gay couples, but not marriage.
Larry Pressler: Supports gay marriage.
Larry Pressler: I was wrong to support 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Rick Weiland: Favors same-sex marriage.
Billie Sutton: Fight unjust "top down" corporate welfare.
Rick Weiland: Stop sweetheart deals for businesses 'too big to fail'.
Mike Rounds: $75M in Future Fund grants to support entrepreneurialism.
Larry Pressler: Both parties beholden to corporate backers.
Rick Weiland: Immigration problem from profits from cheap immigrant labor.
Dennis Daugaard: Revamp MicroLOAN program for small businesses.
Dennis Daugaard: Require mental health evaluations in jails within 21 days.
Billie Sutton: Require mental health evaluations in jails within 21 days.
Daniel Ahlers: Require mental health evaluations in jails within 21 days.
Dennis Daugaard: Make mugshots and pardon process open to the public.
Jay Williams: Our criminal justice system is broken.
Dennis Daugaard: High rates of incarceration does not increase public safety.
Dennis Daugaard: Reforms reduced population on parole.
Dennis Daugaard: Achieved Level 4 certification for Juvenile Corrections.
Dennis Daugaard: Justice reinvestment: focuses resources on proven tools.
Nancy Turbak Berry: Define hate crimes by sexual orientation or gender identity.
Nancy Turbak Berry: Remove requirement that physicians be present at executions.
Billie Sutton: We're not going to incarcerate our way out of this.
Marty Jackley: Bolster rehabilitation and mental health programs for drugs.
Marty Jackley: Congress has failed us on drugs; keep drug dealers out.
Marty Jackley: Double headline - Already Done.
Marty Jackley: We must explain consequences of legalized marijuana.
Dennis Daugaard: More funding for drug courts; a bargain compared to prison.
Dennis Daugaard: Swift and certain sanctions for drug addicts.
Joel Dykstra: Require blood testing for drunk driving arrests.
Kristi Noem: Schools should teach is US is most special nation in history.
Daniel Ahlers: Must invest in schools, teachers and our children.
Daniel Ahlers: Investing in education invests in our present and our future.
Daniel Ahlers: Improve educational services for deaf children.
Scyller Borglum: Rural education initiative: address gaps in education.
Billie Sutton: Strong economy and workforce start with the right education.
Jay Williams: Served a term on the Yankton school board.
Jay Williams: I moved back to SD for quality of schools; focus on that.
Dennis Daugaard: Increase teacher salaries to retain and attract hires.
Dennis Daugaard: Tuition freeze on college education.
Dennis Daugaard: Increase enrolment in technical institutes.
Dennis Daugaard: Repeal 100 student minimum for state aid to districts.
Nancy Turbak Berry: Increase teacher pay and student spending annually.
Joel Dykstra: Voted for abstinence-only sex education.
John Thune: Teachers & parents know best how to spend education funds.
William Janklow: Reward extra teacher effort with extra pay.
William Janklow: $9500 for college tuition for all Regents grads.
Energy & Oil|
Daniel Ahlers: Promote conservation, sustainability, and coal.
Billie Sutton: Must invest in energy efficiency options to move forward.
Jay Williams: This planet is our only home; curb carbon emissions.
Gordon Howie: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Gordon Howie: Congress should pass laws benefiting the oil & gas industry.
Larry Pressler: Immediate increase of 12 cents per gallon in the gas tax.
Mike Rounds: Tax energy exploration on federal land instead of gas tax.
Rick Weiland: End subsidies to big oil companies, instead of gas tax.
Rick Weiland: Opposes Keystone XL pipeline.
Dennis Daugaard: Explore our potential for oil development.
Dennis Daugaard: Increase ethanol revolving fund from $7M to $17M.
Marty Jackley: Legislature decides recreational use of non-meandered waters.
Mike Rounds: Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.
Dennis Daugaard: Invest $8 million to fight the mountain pine beetle.
William Janklow: Remove old gas tanks and their contaminants.
Families & Children|
Kristi Noem: My vision: maintain our family traditions & way of life.
Mike Rounds: Our children are our most valuable resource.
Dennis Daugaard: Allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
Billie Sutton: Don't allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
Daniel Ahlers: Don't allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
Dennis Daugaard: Infant Mortality Task Force: distribute safe sleep kits.
William Janklow: Supports Bright Start boxes to help new parents.
Jay Williams: Negotiate with Iran over nuclear weapons.
Kristi Noem: Supports trade deal with Mexico/Canada.
Dennis Daugaard: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
Kristi Noem: China trade wars makes low soybean prices & hurts farmers.
Daniel Ahlers: Establish commission for legislative redistricting.
Daniel Ahlers: Filed bill for commission to establish legislative districts.
Billie Sutton: Clean up entrenched system & champion good government.
Dennis Daugaard: Red Tape Repeal: remove 4,000 obsolete laws & rules.
Jay Williams: GOP's 2013 government shutdown caused S.D. suffering.
Jay Williams: Campaign spending is out of control.
Gordon Howie: Photo ID for voting.
Rick Weiland: Congress should fight for people, not for big donors.
Dennis Daugaard: Better Government Red Tape Review: eliminate 26,000 words.
Nancy Turbak Berry: $4000 limit on individual campaign contribution.
Joel Dykstra: Voted to restrict campaign donations.
Marty Jackley: Double headline - Already Done.
Billie Sutton: Supports open carry for guns and extra handgun training.
Daniel Ahlers: Vetoed allowing concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
Dennis Daugaard: Vetoed allowing concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
Billie Sutton: Don't allow concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
Jay Williams: Common sense measures like background checks.
Gordon Howie: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Gordon Howie: Bumper sticker: God, Guns, and Gordon.
Rick Weiland: Universal background checks for guns.
Kristi Noem: Make pandemic rules for telehealth permanent.
Scyller Borglum: Vote against Medicare for all and "other socialist plans".
Daniel Ahlers: System should be affordable, innovative, free enterprise.
Scyller Borglum: Oppose Medicare-for-all and replace ObamaCare.
Scyller Borglum: Against Medicare for All; replace ObamaCare.
Billie Sutton: Look for ways to get health care coverage to all citizens.
Dennis Daugaard: Add work requirements to Medicaid.
Jay Williams: Health care is a basic human right.
Gordon Howie: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Rick Weiland: Give Medicare recipients a choice of private insurance.
Larry Pressler: Keep ObamaCare in place; we need it.
Rick Weiland: Push for public option to expand ObamaCare.
Rick Weiland: Keep parts of ObamaCare that work, and add Medicare option.
Mike Rounds: Shut down ObamaCare but don't shut down government.
William Janklow: Re-pay med school tuition for doctors in needy areas.
William Janklow: Fund newborn hearing-screening program.
William Janklow: Give nicotine patches free to anyone who asks.
Kristi Noem: Tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities.
Daniel Ahlers: Expand VA benefits to include assisted living.
Daniel Ahlers: Helped fund the new State Veteran's Cemetery.
Jay Williams: Don't use fear of ISIS to justify government overreach.
Jay Williams: Cut defense spending: 6 aircraft carriers instead of 11.
Jay Williams: Served in the US Navy and the Peace Corps.
Jay Williams: Served in the Peace Corps as well as the U.S. Navy.
John Thune: PATRIOT Act is still needed in these dangerous times.
Gordon Howie: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Larry Pressler: First Vietnam vet elected to Congress.
Larry Pressler: Significant cutbacks on overseas military spending.
Larry Pressler: 1980 presidential run:focus on veteran issues & Agent Orange.
Dennis Daugaard: Transfer professional license from other states for military.
Dennis Daugaard: Split two departments: Military & Veterans' Affairs.
Scyller Borglum: Strong borders & safe, legal procedures.
Scyller Borglum: Commonsense approach to immigration, with border wall.
Scyller Borglum: Build the wall, close refugee loopholes.
Jay Williams: Get ten million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.
Gordon Howie: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Larry Pressler: 5-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Mike Rounds: Border security first, then a limited path to citizenship.
Rick Weiland: Border security and a path to citizenship at the same time.
Daniel Ahlers: Invest in higher ed so workers can get degrees, skills.
Kristi Noem: Keep right-to-work laws instead of labor unions.
Billie Sutton: Exodus of talent is the price paid when offering low wages.
Jay Williams: Time for the entire nation to get a raise.
Jay Williams: Raise minimum wage to $12 and then $15.
Dennis Daugaard: South Dakota WINS: a 20-point job training plan.
Dennis Daugaard: Assist disabled with employment; adversity builds character.
Dennis Daugaard: Help find jobs for those unemployed over 12 weeks.
Dennis Daugaard: Dakota Roots: invite former South Dakotans back home to work.
Kristi Noem: Maintain state as "pheasant capital of the world".
Kristi Noem: Occupational licensing laws represent a burden.
Dennis Daugaard: South Dakotans believe in hard work.
Principles & Values|
Kristi Noem: COVID: no shutdowns, we stayed open the entire time.
John Thune: Running for 4th Senate term: breaking the "Curse of Karl"?
Daniel Ahlers: I dream of an America where we're not marginalized by labels.
Mike Rounds: Lifelong resident of Pierre; president of local YMCA.
Scyller Borglum: Being conservative is staying out of people's business.
Scyller Borglum: What it means to be conservative is eroding.
Billie Sutton: Hard work, honesty, and integrity to improve status quo.
Kristi Noem: Leader of 4-H and Farm Service Agency.
Gordon Howie: Religious liberty is foundational to our freedom.
Gordon Howie: A great America needs God.
Larry Pressler: Former three-term Senator; ran for president in 1980.
Rick Weiland: Touring all 311 of South Dakota's incorporated towns.
Larry Pressler: Non-conventional independent campaign to influence debate.
Larry Pressler: 1978: first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate.
Jay Williams: Eliminate taxable maximum of $118,500.
Rick Weiland: Protect and expand instead of cut and destroy.
Kristi Noem: The taxes we have are stable and predictable, no increases.
Kristi Noem: No state income tax; committed to keeping it that way.
Billie Sutton: Examine where tax dollars are being spent and if wisely.
Jay Williams: A call for rationality: Tax is NOT a dirty word.
Jay Williams: Pushed for $1.4M property tax to fund school operations.
Gordon Howie: Rein in bloated government instead of raising taxes.
Larry Pressler: Raise taxes on estates worth more than $10 million.
Larry Pressler: Rich people willing to pay more taxes to help our country.
Kristi Noem: Finish connecting the state with broadband.
Kristi Noem: We have a chance to lead the nation in cybersecurity.
Billie Sutton: Investment in infrastructure is one measure to grow economy.
Dennis Daugaard: Online retailers should voluntarily remit sales tax.
Dennis Daugaard: E-Government: government online, not standing in line.
Dennis Daugaard: Secure $29M for deep underground lab.
William Janklow: Continue funding computers in schools.
War & Peace|
Marty Jackley: Double headline - Already Done.
Rick Weiland: No U.S. military intervention in Syria.
John Thune: Finishing the job means setting up a democracy in Iraq.
John Thune: Support sending more American troops to Iraq if necessary.
John Thune: Iraq is a part of the broader war on terror.
John Thune: We have to stay resolute or the terrorists will prevail.
Tom Daschle: We can do much better fighting the war in Iraq.
Tom Daschle: Would still voted to authorize Bush to go to war.
Tom Daschle: The war in Iraq is being run the wrong way.
Welfare & Poverty|
Daniel Ahlers: Don't penalize poor people trying to improve their situation.
Jay Williams: Address the growing problem of income inequality.