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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)

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2014 Minnesota Senate debates

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    from 2014 MN Senate debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Al Franken (13) Democrat/DFL Jr Senator (resigned 2017) Minnesota
  • Heather Johnson (10) Libertarian Challenger Minnesota
  • Jim Abeler (17) Republican challenger Minnesota
  • Mike McFadden (27) Republican Challenger Minnesota
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    Minnesota Senate debates: (August primary)
  • The Washington Times, "Senate candidates trade shots over Islamic State recruiting", by Ben Wolfgang, October 8, 2014
  • Star-Tribune, "Franken, McFadden square off in first debate", by Abby Simons, October 2, 2014
  • Twin Cities Pioneer Press, "In Al Franken-Mike McFadden debate, partisan jabs fly", by Doug Belden, 10/1/2014
  • Morrison County Record OpEd: "Franken, McFadden treating voters poorly", August 28, 2014
  • Star Tribune, "Republicans trying to recapture statewide viability in primary", by Patrick Condon, August 10, 2014
  • The Hill weblog, "Dem-controlled Senate land of '10,000 excuses'," by Benjamin Goad, Aug. 9, 2014
  • News Examiner, "Interview with candidate Heather Johnson", by Bob Knudsen, Aug. 11, 2014
  • Duluth News Tribune, "Why I support PolyMet", by Mike McFadden, Jun 15, 2014
  • Minneapolis Post, "Battling for Minnesota GOP endorsement," by Briana Bierschbach, 05/31/14
  • Minneapolis Post, "McFadden gets 'soft-focus' specific", by Cyndy Brucato, 5/12/14
  • AdWatch: The Hill e-zine, "Franken touts small business work in first ad", May 6, 2014
  • N. Y. Times, "Campaign Against Comcast Is No Joke", by Ashley Parker, April 11, 2014
  • The Huffington Post, "GOP Candidate Refuses Basic Questions About Equal Pay", by Samantha Lachman, 4/10/2014
  • Washington Post, "Franken: So sorry for that terrible law 100 years ago", by Colby Itkowitz, 4/3/2014
  • Wall Street Journal, "Franken Draws Attack Ad From American Encore", by Patrick O'Connor, March 25, 2014
  • CBS News, "Franken seeks more assistance for school lunches", by Stephanie Condon, March 18, 2014
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, "D.C. Republicans", by Corey Mitchell, March 9, 2014
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Act fast to reject Common Core," by Jim Abeler, Feb. 14, 2014
  • Patrick Condon, Associated Press, "Sex offenders", December 2, 2013
  • Deb Gau in Marshall Independent, "Offers substance", November 28, 2013
  • Lori Sturdevant in Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov. 23, 2013
  • Star Tribune reporting on Senate hearing, Nov. 14, 2013

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Mike McFadden: Make contraceptives available without a prescription.
    Jim Abeler: Human life begins at conception.
    Mike McFadden: Anti-abortion and pro-guns.
Budget & Economy
    Al Franken: Economy is "top down" and "rigged" in favor of the wealthy.
    Jim Abeler: Borrowing places our sovereignity at risk.
    Jim Abeler: Led $3.8B in human services cuts to close MN budget gap.
    Mike McFadden: We've been spending like a drunken sailor.
Civil Rights
    Heather Johnson: LGBT persons are created with inalienable right to marry.
    Jim Abeler: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Mike McFadden: Gay marriage ok; but I'm personally for traditional marriage.
    Heather Johnson: Don't use eminent domain for private companies' benefit.
    Al Franken: Block merger of biggest & 2nd biggest cable providers.
    Al Franken: Oppo AdWatch: Franken limits free speech issue advocacy.
    Heather Johnson: Don't punish victimless crimes like prostitution & gambling.
    Jim Abeler: Major overhaul needed for sex offender laws.
    Heather Johnson: Release prisoners convicted of marijuana possession.
    Heather Johnson: Common Core is unconstitutional, and also underhanded.
    Jim Abeler: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
    Mike McFadden: Repeal federal Common Core education standards.
    Jim Abeler: Oppose Common Core's centralized federal oversight.
    Mike McFadden: Measure more; dictate reading lists less.
Energy & Oil
    Al Franken: Delay Keystone pipeline; but if built, use American steel.
    Heather Johnson: Federal legislation has limited alternative energy.
    Jim Abeler: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Mike McFadden: Approve Keystone; faster permits for gas plants.
    Al Franken: Ok the PolyMet copper mine only after 9-year review.
    Al Franken: Prevent invasive species Asian carp in Great Lakes.
    Mike McFadden: Develop our natural resources AND protect the environment.
    Mike McFadden: Supports PolyMet mining project in Hoyt Lakes.
Families & Children
    Heather Johnson: Politics is not my passion; it's my God, my kids & family.
Foreign Policy
    Al Franken: OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy.
    Mike McFadden: OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy.
    Mike McFadden: Inaction abroad sends message that US will do nothing.
    Mike McFadden: Crisis in Ukraine came about due to Obama's indecisiveness.
Free Trade
    Mike McFadden: Use Chinese steel over U.S. steel if the import was cheaper.
Government Reform
    Heather Johnson: Term limits for Congress, local officials, and judges.
    Jim Abeler: Photo ID for voting.
    Mike McFadden: Effective but limited government, stressing "limited".
Gun Control
    Jim Abeler: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Mike McFadden: Expand background checks; close gun show loophole.
    Mike McFadden: Open to looking at expanding background checks.
Health Care
    Jim Abeler: ObamaCare risks access to care, ironically.
    Jim Abeler: Big companies benefit from ObamaCare but not regular people.
    Jim Abeler: Preventative care; coordinated treatment; low-income clinics.
    Mike McFadden: We need an alternative to ObamaCare, not just repeal.
Homeland Security
    Al Franken: Worked since 2009 on fighting ISIS recruitment in Minn.
    Mike McFadden: Combat propaganda & recruiting by the Islamic State.
    Mike McFadden: We need a national strategy against ISIS, and don't have one.
    Jim Abeler: Our friends don't trust us; our enemies don't fear us.
    Al Franken: Let companies reveal how much data NSA has gathered.
    Jim Abeler: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Al Franken: Apologize for stripping citizenship for marrying foreigners.
    Mike McFadden: Secure the borders, then conditional path to citizenship.
    Mike McFadden: Secure the borders & then find way to grant citizenship.
    Mike McFadden: Status quo is not acceptable; we need to find a solution.
    Heather Johnson: Oppose increase in the minimum wage.
    Mike McFadden: Gender-based pay equality & minimum wage? "Wrong questions".
Principles & Values
    Jim Abeler: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Jim Abeler: Former investment banker; outsider with no voting record.
Social Security
    Mike McFadden: Discuss raising the eligibility age for social security.
Tax Reform
    Mike McFadden: Wouldn't vote for tax increases.
    Al Franken: Apply oil subsidies to upgrade transportation infrastructure.
War & Peace
    Al Franken: Supported airstrikes in Syria to fight ISIS.
    Mike McFadden: Lack of anti-ISIS strategy makes world more dangerous.
Welfare & Poverty
    Heather Johnson: Regulate but advocate for independent charity.
    Al Franken: Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing.
    Mike McFadden: Let states decide school lunch payments, not feds.

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