2020 Elections

DNC To Ask All 2020 Candidates To Sign “Affirmation” That They Will Campaign And Serve As Democrats

CNN reports: The Democratic National Committee plans to meet with 2020 campaigns next week to hand out an “affirmation form” for candidates to sign and certify they will run and serve as members of the Democratic Party, a DNC official said Tuesday. The announcement follows Bernie Sanders’ entry into the 2020 campaign earlier Tuesday — his second consecutive presidential election. …

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Bernie Sanders Raises $6 Million In First 24 Hours

The New York Times reports: Just over 24 hours after announcing his presidential bid, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has already raised $6 million from more than 225,000 donors, his campaign said Wednesday morning. That amount far surpasses what any of his rivals have disclosed raising after their own announcements this year. Previously, Senator Kamala Harris of California had claimed …

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Bernie Raises $1.2M In First Hours After 2020 Launch

Axios reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders’ newly launched presidential campaign estimated he raised $1.2 million from 42,000 donors in the first 3.5 hours after his official announcement on Tuesday morning. Sen. Kamala Harris, the biggest fundraiser in the race to date, raised $1.5 million from 38,000 online donors in the 24 hours after she announced her presidential bid last month. The …

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Trump Workshops New Nicknames For 2020 Dems

The Associated Press reports: Inside the West Wing and in conversations with outside allies, Trump has been workshopping new attempts to imprint his new adversaries with lasting labels, according to two people on whom the president has tested out the nicknames. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations with the president. He is also testing out lines …

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BREAKING: Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Campaign

Newsweek reports: Bernie Sanders is officially in the running for the 2020 presidential race, with the Vermont Senator telling Vermont Public Radio in an interview that aired Tuesday morning that he’s ready to “move the revolution forward.” “We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it’s time to move that revolution forward,” the independent lawmaker said in …

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Kamala Harris: I’m Not A Democratic Socialist [VIDEO]

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy cornered Kamala Harris in Vermont this afternoon for a typically Fox News-y question. Mediaite reports: “Senator Harris, one of the most popular Democrats in America right now is the guy who won here in 2016, Bernie Sanders, describes himself as a Democratic socialist,” Doocy said, and asked, “To compete in New Hampshire, do you have …

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REPORT: Obama Won’t Endorse Any 2020 Candidate

The New York Times reports: A secret meeting of former President Barack Obama’s financial backers convened in Washington early this month: Organized by David Jacobson and John Phillips, Mr. Obama’s former ambassadors to Canada and Italy, the group interviewed an array of 2020 presidential candidates and debated whether to throw their wealth behind one or two of them. As presidential …

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REPORT: Bernie Sanders Records 2020 Campaign Video, In Talks For Outdoor Launch Speech At Brooklyn College

Politico reports: Bernie Sanders, inching closer to a second bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot. It’s the latest sign the independent senator, the runner-up in the 2016 contest for the Democratic nomination, is nearing a presidential announcement. …

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Endorses Kamala Harris

San Francisco’s NBC affiliate reports: Calfiornia Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Kamala Harris have been a force in San Francisco politics for years, and now Newsom and Harris play to a national crowd. On MSNBC Friday, Newsom announced he will endorse Harris for president. “You asked me first, so I will let you know. I will be endorsing her candidacy …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Former Republican Gov. William Weld Launches Plan To Challenge Trump In 2020 [VIDEO]

The Boston Globe reports: William F. Weld, the former two-term governor of Massachusetts, said Friday he is launching a presidential exploratory committee, taking a formal step to become the first Republican to directly challenge President Trump in the 2020 GOP primary. “I think our country is in grave peril and I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines anymore,” Weld said …

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Telemundo To Co-Host First Dem Presidential Debate

NBC News reports: Telemundo in June will become the first Spanish-language network to host a Democratic presidential debate. The network will co-host the first Democratic 2020 presidential debate with NBC News and MSNBC, and it will be broadcast live in English and Spanish over TV and digital platforms. NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will broadcast the debate simultaneously on back-to-back …

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DHS Guts 2020 Foreign Election Meddling Task Force

The Daily Beast reports: Two teams of federal officials assembled to fight foreign election interference are being dramatically downsized, according to three current and former Department of Homeland Security officials. And now, those sources say they fear the department won’t prepare adequately for election threats in 2020. “The clear assessment from the intelligence community is that 2020 is going to …

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Parkland Activist David Hogg: I Wish Michelle Obama Would Run For President And Just End This Madness

The Hill reports: Activist David Hogg on Wednesday urged former first lady Michelle Obama to run for president in 2020. “I wish @MichelleObama would run for president and end this madness already,” Hogg, who survived last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla., said on Twitter. Hogg helped organize the March for Our Lives rally …

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Howard Schultz: I Honestly Don’t See Color [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: Howard Schultz, the billionaire ex-Starbucks chief executive considering an independent presidential campaign, went viral on Twitter on Tuesday night after a CNN town hall. Schultz was asked a question about racial profiling in light of a highly publicized incident in which two black men were arrested after attempting to use the restroom at a Starbucks without …

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Cory Booker: I’d Look For A Female Running Mate First

“We have such a great field of leaders, I think that you’ll rarely see a Democratic ticket anymore without gender diversity, race diversity. I think it’s something we should have. I’m not going to box myself in, but should I become [the presidential nominee], you know I’ll be looking to women first. We have great people running. This is actually …

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Michael Bloomberg Ready To Spend $500M On 2020

Politico reports: Billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg is preparing to spend at least $500 million from his own pocket to deny President Trump a second term, according to Democratic operatives briefed on his plans. Bloomberg has not yet announced whether he will run in the Democratic primary. If he runs, he will use that half-billion-dollar stake — roughly $175 million more …

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REPORT: Eric Holder Close To Decision On 2020 WH Bid

NPR reports: Former Attorney General Eric Holder travels to Iowa on Tuesday as he weighs whether to join a growing field of Democrats seeking the presidential nomination in 2020, and he’s expected to make a decision in the next two weeks, NPR has learned. Holder, who served for six years under former President Barack Obama, will make a decision on …

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REPORT: Bill De Blasio Mulls 2020 White House Bid

Politico reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making moves toward a possible run for president, soliciting City Hall staffers with national political experience and preparing to travel to the early primary state of New Hampshire this week, several sources familiar with his plans told POLITICO. After a visit to Harvard’s Kennedy School to discuss his time as …

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ARIZONA: Astronaut Husband Of Former Rep. Gabby Giffords To Challenge Sen. Martha McSally [VIDEO]

Tucson’s ABC affiliate reports: U.S. Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut, Mark Kelly announced early Tuesday morning that he is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona in 2020. Kelly will run against Sen. Martha McSally, who was recently appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to take over late Sen. John McCain’s seat. “This campaign is about the people of Arizona, …

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Harris: I’ve Smoked Pot, It Gives A Lot Of People Joy

Sen. Kamala Harris appeared on New York City’s popular Breakfast Club radio show this morning, where she revealed that she smoked marijuana “a long time ago” and that she “definitely inhaled.” Last year Harris came out for legalizing marijuana on the federal level, co-sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act. She has also called for more research into the drug’s …

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