2020 Elections

Former Starbucks CEO Teases Independent WH Bid

The Atlantic reports: These days, the difference between the parties is starker than it’s ever been in modern times. Yet here comes Howard Schultz, a billionaire who feels that he might be the answer to American politics, and that he’d run for president as an independent. Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, says in a 60 Minutes interview already recorded but …

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Maryland Gov Emerges As Possible Trump Challenger

Axios reports: Most Republicans are of the opinion that Trump is “unassailable” in a GOP primary, but some are anxious enough about his vulnerabilities that they’re looking at Larry Hogan, the popular centrist governor of Maryland, as a possible alternative. Hogan’s inauguration speech after winning reelection in November was viewed as “an unmistakable act of aggression” by the White House, …

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REPORT: Bernie To Announce 2020 Bid “Imminently”

Yahoo News reports: Three years after fighting a surprisingly competitive Democratic primary race against Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making another run for the White House. Two sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo News that Sanders, an independent and self-described “democratic socialist,” plans to announce his presidential bid imminently. While Sanders has been mulling a …

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Bernie: My Dem Opponents Want Black, Gay, Female, Latino Candidates “Regardless Of What They Stand For”

From a just-published profile in GQ Magazine: “There are people who are very big into diversity but whose views end up being not particularly sympathetic to working people, whether they’re white or black or Latino,” he said. “My main belief is that we need to bring together a coalition of people—of black and white and Latino and Asian-American and Native-American—around …

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Openly Gay South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Unveils His 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old, two-term Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, took a significant step toward a run for the White House on Wednesday, announcing that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee, the precursor to an official campaign. He was commissioned as a Navy intelligence officer in 2009 and in 2013, while serving as mayor, he …

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2020 Hint: Bloomberg Talks Importance Of Compromise

The Washington Post reports: Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City who is considering a presidential run, appeared before reporters in Annapolis on Tuesday to chide Washington over the government shutdown and talk about the importance of compromise. “You can’t be an absolutist . . . life is much more complex than that,” he said. “You want to …

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Tom Steyer To Democratic Hopefuls: Don’t Even Bother Running For President If You’re Against Impeachment

The Atlantic reports: Tom Steyer is launching an effort to make every Democrat campaigning to run against President Donald Trump first come out in support of impeachment. Volunteers from Steyer’s organization, Need to Impeach, already showed up at several of Elizabeth Warren’s events earlier this month during her first swing through Iowa and tried to pin her down on impeachment. …

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Sen. Kamala Harris: I’m Running For President [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced on Monday that she will run for president in 2020, becoming the third senator since December to enter what is likely to be a crowded Democratic primary field. “I am running for president,” Harris, the first African-American to formally enter the 2020 fray, said on an early-morning Martin Luther King Jr. Day …

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Jimmy Carter Urges Cory Booker To Run For President

The Hill reports: Former President Jimmy Carter urged Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to run for president in an Instagram Live video on Sunday. Booker, who is known for his social media savvy, took to the platform to film a road trip through Georgia with civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) ahead of MLK Day. “I’m very glad to have …

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Gillibrand Defends Call For Al Franken To Resign: My Silence Meant Defending Him, Which I Wouldn’t Do

CNN reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defended her decision to call on former Sen. Al Franken to resign after allegations of unwanted touching and kissing were made against him, earning praise from a friendly audience of Iowans in Sioux City on Friday. Gillibrand said Friday that she made the decision to help push him out because “my silence meant I was …

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REPORT: Former Starbucks CEO Mulls 2020 WH Bid

The Washington Post reports: Advisers to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz have been exploring the possibility of launching an independent bid for the White House in 2020, according to two people who have been informed of the discussions. The entry of a high-profile billionaire Democrat outside the traditional party structure would add an unpredictable dynamic to the increasingly sprawling campaign …

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Kamala Harris Picks Baltimore For 2020 Headquarters

The Baltimore Sun reports:  Sen. Kamala Harris has selected Baltimore for her campaign headquarters if she runs for president, as expected, in 2020, according to sources familiar with the California Democrat’s plans. Harris picked Baltimore because of its diversity, its proximity to Washington and because it is in the Eastern time zone, the sources said, who requested anonymity because Harris …

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Howard Dean: Tulsi Gabbard Isn’t Qualified For 2020

Mediaite reports: Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean thinks all the 2020 Democratic candidates are qualified for the presidency, except for Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “I’m really not gonna take sides in this,” said Dean on CNN this morning “There are no candidates, with one exception, that I really don’t think should be president.” The Hill reports: “And who’s that exception?” …

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POLL: 57% Will “Definitely” Vote Against Trump In 2020

NPR reports: More than half of registered voters say they have made their minds up against supporting President Trump in 2020, according to a new poll. In a PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist Institute survey released Thursday, 57 percent of registered voters said that they would definitely not support Trump in 2020, and would instead “vote against” the president by supporting one of …

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: I’m Going To Run For President

The New York Times reports: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an outspoken advocate for women’s causes and electing more women to office, is entering the 2020 race for the White House herself, becoming the latest candidate to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary to take on President Trump. In an appearance Tuesday on the “Late Show With Stephen …

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Critics Resurface Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Anti-LGBT Past

CNN reports: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in the early 2000s touted working for her father’s anti-gay organization, which mobilized to pass a measure against same-sex marriage in Hawaii and promoted controversial conversion therapy. Although Gabbard’s positions on LGBT rights have shifted dramatically in more recent years (she signed a 2013 amicus brief supporting Edith Windsor’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage …

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Julian Castro Rips Trump In WH Bid Speech [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Julián Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under former President Obama, announced Saturday he is running for president in 2020. “I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership, it’s time for new energy, it’s time for new commitment to make sure the opportunities that I had are available to every American,” Castro …

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TODAY: Julian Castro Launches 2020 WH Campaign

Reuters reports: Texas Democrat Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor who went on to be the top U.S. housing official, was expected to formally announce his White House bid on Saturday, the first Hispanic in what looks to be a crowded field of candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election. Castro, 44, the grandson …

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Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Run For Presidency

Reuters reports: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday she will run for president in 2020. “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” the Hawaii Democrat told CNN’s Van Jones during an interview slated to air at 7 p.m. Saturday on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show.” Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, currently serves …

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Oprah To Interview Beto At Times Square Event

The Texas Tribune reports: Oprah Winfrey plans to interview Beto O’Rourke next month in New York City, an event sure to ratchet up national attention surrounding the former Democratic congressman from El Paso and potential 2020 presidential candidate. Oprah is set to sit down with O’Rourke on Feb. 5 in Times Square as part of a series of conversations with …

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