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)
| 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)
The Senator Next Door
A Memoir from the Heartland
by Amy Klobuchar
(Click for Amazon book review)
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from The Senator Next Door (number of quotes indicated):
- Amy Klobuchar (19) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
- Mark Kennedy (3) Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep Minnesota
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
Klobuchar is "Minnesota Nice," a phrase popularized by her fellow Minnesotan and presidential contender, Tim Pawlenty. "Minnesota Nice" means personally friendly and mild-mannered; that translates politically to collaborative and centrist. In the crowded Democratic primary field of 2020, "Minnesota Nice" can either be the most important criteria for success, or a disqualifying characteristic.
This book is just filled with passing mentions of issues – no real detail, no harsh policy choices, no negative campaigning – just a little something to show policy awareness, then a focus on something that everyone can agree on. Personally, Klobuchar portrays herself as "the Senator Next Door" – just a regular person, who happens to have gotten elected to the world's most exclusive club.
I'm a northeasterner, born in New York City and a resident of Boston, where "Minnesota Nice" feels milquetoast and shows unwillingness to stand on principle. But I recognize that the Midwest is the battleground of 2020 – because the Midwestern states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were the decisive battleground of 2016. In other words, being "Minnesota Nice" – a centrist collaborator instead of a hard-line progressive – may be just what the Democratic electorate needs in 2020.
That's the real choice for primary voters in 2020 – whether to choose a collaborator vs. a hard-liner, and whether to pick a centrist vs. a progressive ("centrist" in the Democratic primary still means "liberal," but without any libertarian/progressive leaning). The pundits discuss endlessly the "lanes" for candidates – which means categories of candidates, and one candidate will prevail over others in each "lane" – but we recommend thinking in a more multi-dimensional manner. In that vein, we categorize all of the Democratic primary contenders in the two dimensions described above:
To fully characterize the Democratic primary candidates, we'll add in their demographics and offices held (which pundits often include as "lanes" also – but here we fully describe multi-dimensional "lanes"):
Which of those characteristics are most relevant for voters? Does minority status matter? Or does legislative or executive experience? Or is it all about collaborative "Minnesota Nice" centrism? That all depends on each voter – we will present the evidence so that voters can intelligently decide for themselves.
-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, April 2019
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
Amy Klobuchar: Budget & Economy.
Amy Klobuchar: Hired 30% lawyers of color in County Prosecutor's office.
Amy Klobuchar: Victims want convictions, but also want to trust courts.
Amy Klobuchar: People who break the law need to be held accountable.
Energy & Oil|
Amy Klobuchar: 2007: increased gas-mileage standards.
Amy Klobuchar: I don't think manure is toxic waste.
Mark Kennedy: League of Conservation Voters considers manure a toxic waste.
Families & Children|
Amy Klobuchar: 1996 AdWatch: my daughter endorses 48 hour stay for new moms.
Amy Klobuchar: Daughter's "drive-by birth" inspired 48-hour maternal stay.
Amy Klobuchar: Allow adoption of older kids to keep siblings together.
Amy Klobuchar: Internationalism should include humanitarian policies.
Amy Klobuchar: Tackle terrorist groups, and stand up for Israel.
Amy Klobuchar: Increase jobs by exporting, and enforcing against dumping.
Amy Klobuchar: 1996: testified & passed 48-hr maternity hospital stay rule.
Amy Klobuchar: Offer troops care for traumatic brain injury.
Amy Klobuchar: Supported auto bailout to save local car dealerships.
Principles & Values|
Amy Klobuchar: From Slovenian immigrants; "Klobuchar" means "hatmaker".
Mark Kennedy: 2006: No changes in tax rates, not even for very wealthy.
Amy Klobuchar: $100M for I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapse.
War & Peace|
Amy Klobuchar: 2006: turn over governance of Iraq to the Iraqis.
Amy Klobuchar: 2007: Withdraw combat troops from Iraq on sensible timetable.
Mark Kennedy: 2006: We've made some mistakes in Iraq, but stay the course.
Click for quotations from other sources by:
- Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
- Mark Kennedy Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep Minnesota
The above quotations are from The Senator Next Door
A Memoir from the Heartland
by Amy Klobuchar.
Books by and about 2020 Presidential hopefuls:
The War on Normal People, by Andrew Yang (2019)
The Mueller Report, with notes by the Washington Post (2019)
The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris (2019)
Shortest Way Home, by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Land of Flickering Lights, by Michael Bennet (2019)
Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson (2018)
Unlikely Journey, by Julian Castro (2018)
The Right Answer, by John Delaney (2018)
Healing America, by Rep. Tim Ryan (2018)
Where We Go From Here, by Bernie Sanders (2018)
This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Guide to Political Revolution, by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Promise Me, Dad, by Joe Biden (2017)
Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders (2016)
United, by Cory Booker (2016)
The Opposite of Woe, by John Hickenlooper (2016)
The Senator Next Door, by Amy Klobuchar (2015)
Crippled America, by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Off the Sidelines, by Kirsten Gillibrand (2014)
A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren (2014)
Smart People Should Build Things, by Andrew Yang (2014)
Time to Get Tough, by Donald J. Trump (2011)
Dealing Death and Drugs, by Beto O'Rourke (2011)
Smart on Crime, by Kamala Harris (2010)
A Political Odyssey, by Mike Gravel (2008)
Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change, by Mike Gravel (2008)
The Two-Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren (2007)
Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden (2007)
All Your Worth, by Elizabeth Warren & Amelia Warren Tyagi (2006)
The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump (2000)
Pour Your Heart Into It, by Howard Schultz (1999)
2020 Presidential Hopefuls by OnTheIssues.org