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)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Jim Renacci: De-fund Planned Parenthood; 100% pro-life.
Sherrod Brown: Trust women to make their own healthcare decisions.
Mike Gibbons: Opposes abortion as a woman's unrestricted right.
Ted Strickland: Supports some restrictions but Planned Parenthood ok.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Unwavering supporter of a woman's right to choose.
Josh Mandel: Signed pledge to oppose abortion on demand without exception.
Josh Mandel: I believe in protecting life.
Sherrod Brown: Women should make their own health care decisions.
Michael Pryce: ObamaCare makes doctors commit abortions against their will.
Josh Mandel: Endorsed by Ohio Right to Life PAC.
Josh Mandel: Umbilical blood is ethical source of stem cells.
Budget & Economy|
Jim Renacci: Obama federal stimulus was a failed experiment.
Mike Gibbons: Market-led recovery instead of stimulus.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Make big banks split their commercial & investment practices.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Trickle-down economics has not worked for vast majority.
Rob Portman: Budget director for President George W. Bush.
Ted Strickland: Turnaround Ohio: invest in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mike Gibbons: Opposes same-sex marriage.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Saying "black lives matter" recognizes institutional racism.
Sherrod Brown: Voted against the Patriot Act because it is unpatriotic.
Sherrod Brown: CFPB stops Wall Street from calling the shots on the budget.
Jim Renacci: 2010 bailout closed my car dealership; Feds shouldn't pick.
Josh Mandel: Auto bailout was un-American; I won't be the bailout Senator.
Sherrod Brown: Supported auto industry bailout as fighting for middle class.
Josh Mandel: Businesses hurt by complicated taxes & aggressive regulation.
Lee Fisher: Experienced negotiating with companies to stay in Ohio.
Rob Portman: More than 70 company tours & plant visits, to stay in touch.
Rob Portman: More favorable policy: encourage business development.
Mike Gibbons: Stricter punishment reduces crime.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Mandatory minimum sentencing causes black mass incarceration.
Josh Mandel: Voted YES on lethal force against home intruders.
Jim Renacci: Opposes recreational marijuana legalization.
Sherrod Brown: Supports medical legalization; opposes federal intervention.
John Kasich: Longer prison sentences for fentanyl-related offenses.
Mike Gibbons: Marijuana is not a gateway drug.
Rob Portman: No legalization; focus instead on drug prevention.
Ted Strickland: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana.
Ted Strickland: Medical cannabis is a "no-brainer"; decriminalize now.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Reform outdated marijuana laws that penalize possession.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Marijuana legalization & tight regulation.
Jim Renacci: Strong historical supporter of vouchers for private schools.
Jim Renacci: No role for government to reduce student loan interest rates.
Sherrod Brown: Longtime opponent of vouchers for private schools.
Sherrod Brown: Reduce student loan interest rates; increase Pell Grants.
Mike Gibbons: Vouchers for school choice.
Joe Schiavoni: Protect students from failing online charter schools.
Ted Strickland: Criticizes $71M in charter school funding for rigged report.
Energy & Oil|
Jim Renacci: Opposed EPA regulating greenhouse gases.
Sherrod Brown: Pretending that climate change isn't happening is dangerous.
Sherrod Brown: $30 billion to transition manufacturers to clean energy.
Mike Gibbons: Opposes prioritizing green energy.
Rob Portman: Human activity contributes to climate change; but no laws.
Ted Strickland: Tackle the challenge of catastrophic climate change.
P.G. Sittenfeld: I'm strongly opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline.
Ted Strickland: Stay out of Keystone XL discussions; it doesn't involve Ohio.
Josh Mandel: Use responsibly the natural resources we're blessed to have.
Jim Renacci: Reduce funding for Environmental Protection Administration.
Sherrod Brown: Maintain funding for Environmental Protection Administration.
Mike Gibbons: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
Joe Schiavoni: $100M to address water quality with sewer improvements.
Ted Strickland: Safeguard clean air and water for future generations.
Families & Children|
Jim Renacci: Marriage should be between one man & one woman.
Sherrod Brown: Practicing family values means loving all God's children.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Fight for the right to paid sick days.
Mike Gibbons: Support American Exceptionalism.
Ted Strickland: Support Iran nuke treaty; opposes ground troops against ISIS.
Jim Renacci: Seeks balance between tariffs, free trade & fair trade.
Sherrod Brown: Tax auto company foreign profits; then discounts in US.
Sherrod Brown: Longtime critic of NAFTA; re-negotiate to help Ohio workers.
Mike Gibbons: Support & expand free trade.
Rob Portman: Push TPP to remove limits on US poultry exports.
Rob Portman: Negotiated fast-track under Bush; but slowing it under Obama.
Ron Wyden: Key supporter of fast-track trade-promotion authority.
Sherrod Brown: Trade agreements have sold out the middle class.
Josh Mandel: Criticizes opponent for helping move jobs to China.
Lee Fisher: Trade agreements should be fair and enforced.
Rob Portman: Pass more trade agreements to increase Ohio exports.
Rob Portman: Served as trade representative under Pres. George W. Bush.
Lee Fisher: More stringent policy: discourage companies moving overseas.
Mike DeWine: Tariffs against dumping steel, & give fines to US companies.
Sherrod Brown: Supports fair trade; opposes exporting jobs.
Jim Renacci: Corporate political donations are protected political speech.
Sherrod Brown: Special interests shouldn't have louder voice than families.
Sherrod Brown: Photo-ID rules discourage people from voting.
Mike Gibbons: Opposes making voter registration easier.
Ted Strickland: Overturn Citizens United with constitutional amendment.
Ted Strickland: Citizens United lets billionaires' dark money buy elections.
P.G. Sittenfeld: The right to cast a ballot is under assault.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Josh Mandel: No government bailout that I would ever support.
Josh Mandel: Does not accept gifts in public office.
Josh Mandel: Public officials should disclose more than is required.
Jim Renacci: No ban on assault weapons nor high capacity magazines.
Sherrod Brown: Ban on assault weapons & high capacity magazines.
Mike Gibbons: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Ted Strickland: Supports background checks; close terror watchlist loophole.
Ted Strickland: 2010: Pro-gun & NRA endorsed; 2016: end gun epidemic.
P.G. Sittenfeld: We need Senators who'll stand up to extreme gun lobby.
Ted Strickland: OpEd: Worked for anti-gun group, but never renounced NRA.
P.G. Sittenfeld: We have more mass murders because we have more guns.
Jim Renacci: Key to affordable healthcare is increasing competition.
Sherrod Brown: Repealing ObamaCare would devastate Ohio children.
Mike Gibbons: Opposes ObamaCare.
Ted Strickland: Improve ObamaCare: repeal Cadillac Tax; negotiate Rx drugs.
Michael Pryce: ObamaCare intimidates doctors to withhold treatment.
Lee Fisher: Supports new healthcare reform law.
Rob Portman: Repeal new health reform; it's a job killer.
Mike Gibbons: Expand the military.
Sherrod Brown: Screen returning veterans for PTSD, and offer entitlements.
Josh Mandel: AdWatch: served as Marine in Iraq; grandson of a soldier.
Lee Fisher: Let anyone serve who is willing; end don't-ask-don't-tell.
Rob Portman: Let the military decide on don't-ask-don't-tell.
Mike DeWine: Brown voted 10 times to cut intelligence spending.
Mike DeWine: I don’t have confidence in Rumsfeld.
Sherrod Brown: Voted every time in favor of final intelligence budgets.
Jim Renacci: Overturn DACA program: no legal status for DREAMers.
Sherrod Brown: Support DACA program: legal status for DREAMers.
Mike Gibbons: Opposes pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.
Ted Strickland: Fix broken system with comprehensive immigration reform.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Common-sense pathway to citizenship but not amnesty.
Jim Renacci: No increase in federal minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $10.10.
Sherrod Brown: Increase federal minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $15.
Mike Gibbons: Opposes affirmative action hiring.
John Kasich: No local vote on $15 minimum wage; keep $8.10.
Lee Fisher: Incentive for Ohio jobs rather than breaks for jobs overseas.
Rob Portman: High unemployment rate creates Ohio brain drain.
Lee Fisher: OpEd: In charge of job creation when Ohio lost 400,000 jobs.
Principles & Values|
Mike Gibbons: Keep God in the public sphere.
Sherrod Brown: AdWatch: nepotistic hiring practices at the state treasury.
Josh Mandel: OpEd: Missed 14 monthly meetings as Ohio Treasurer.
Lee Fisher: I'm just as angry at Washington insiders as you are.
Rob Portman: If you like the way things are going, support my opponent.
Lee Fisher: Ohio voters are mad as hell over Republican policies.
Rob Portman: A top adviser to President George W. Bush.
Mike DeWine: Worked in a bi-partisan manner to get things done.
Mike DeWine: Brown does not represent the mainstream of Ohio.
Sherrod Brown: Endorsed by conservative group that cares about tax fairness.
Jim Renacci: Allow workers to privately invest portion of payroll taxes.
Sherrod Brown: No full nor partial privatization of Social Security.
Mike Gibbons: Opt-out of Social Security.
Rob Portman: Supported Bush's privatization, but no longer supports it.
Ted Strickland: No Social Security privatization.
Josh Mandel: Raise retirement age, but not for Baby Boomers or older.
Sherrod Brown: Don't raise retirement age; system has been reliable.
Lee Fisher: No benefit cuts; don't raise retirement age.
Rob Portman: Bush's proposal was sound, but I'm not for privatization.
Jim Renacci: Trump tax cuts enable companies to invest in innovation.
Sherrod Brown: Trump tax cuts apply to corporations that send jobs overseas.
Sherrod Brown: Help working families instead of millionaires & corporations.
Mike Gibbons: Opposes higher taxes on the wealthy.
Josh Mandel: I'm proud to pledge for lower taxes.
Sherrod Brown: Anti-tax pledges handcuff budget decisions.
Josh Mandel: Eliminate the death tax; it's an unjust double taxation.
Michael Pryce: Consumption tax gets government off our backs.
Lee Fisher: Let Bush tax cuts expire for millionaires.
Rob Portman: Any tax increase would hurt the fragile economy.
Lee Fisher: 2005 tax cut reduced Ohio taxes by 16.8%.
Mike DeWine: Some ads had mistakes, but say Brown votes against tax cuts.
Sherrod Brown: DeWine’s ads doctor WTC photos to distort my record on taxes.
Jim Renacci: Opposes Net Neutrality (equal access to Internet).
Sherrod Brown: Supports Net Neutrality (equal access to Internet).
War & Peace|
Jim Renacci: No nuke deal with Iran, the #1 state sponsor of terrorism.
Sherrod Brown: Keep nuke deal with Iran, but use remaining sanctions.
Mike Gibbons: Avoid foreign entanglements.
Sherrod Brown: Pull soldiers out of Iraq and Afghanistan and end wars.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Keep the conversation going with ISIS, including nukes.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Trust but verify with Iran; the alternative is war.
P.G. Sittenfeld: Supports targeted airstrikes against ISIS.
Josh Mandel: Two tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine.
Michael Pryce: We are world police; Iran likely already has a nuclear bomb.
Lee Fisher: Set a deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Rob Portman: Arbitrary deadline for withdrawal lets enemy wait it out.
Mike DeWine: Cannot set an artificial timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.
Mike DeWine: Iraq has become a cause celebre for the jihadists.
Mike DeWine: Would not have voted to go into Iraq with what we now know.
Sherrod Brown: Instruct the military to come up with a withdrawal plan.
Sherrod Brown: Iraq has distracted the War on Terror and made us less safe.
Sherrod Brown: Voted against $87 billion that went to Halliburton.
Welfare & Poverty|
P.G. Sittenfeld: Wealth inequality is worst since the Gilded Age.