2020 Elections

POLL: 43% Of GOP Voters Want 2020 Trump Challenger

The Associated Press reports: More than 4-in-10 Republicans want a GOP candidate to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 primary, according to a new survey that calls into question the likelihood of success of his reelection campaign. A Monmouth University poll released Monday found that 43 percent of Republican voters said they would like to see Trump face off …

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Milwaukee Leads Bids To Host 2020 Dem Convention

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: In the next few weeks, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is expected to select the city that will host the party’s 2020 national convention. And, according to Washington, D.C.-based Politico, Milwaukee appears to be the odds on favorite to snag the event over rivals Houston and Miami Beach. Florida. But Milwaukee officials aren’t about to …

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Rule Changes Would Quash Trump’s GOP Challengers

The Associated Press reports: Trump’s campaign has deployed what it calls an unprecedented effort to monitor and influence local party operations. It has used endorsements, lobbying and rule changes to increase the likelihood that only loyal Trump activists make it to the Republican nominating convention in August 2020. Trump’s team plans to organize at county and state caucuses and conventions …

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Terry McAuliffe: Still Deciding On 2020 White House Bid

The Hill reports: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Sunday he would “like” to run for president in 2020, but hasn’t decided yet. “I’ve said I’d make a decision by March 31. I’ve been talking to other candidates, I want to see what the positions are out there,” McAuliffe said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding he’s talked …

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Sen. Cory Booker Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

CBS News reports: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is joining the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, announcing his campaign on Friday with a tweet and an emailed video to supporters. “We are better when we help each other,” he said. “I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can …

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Schultz Deletes His Tweet Praising Right Wing Column Which Called Harris “Shrill” And Warren “Fauxcahontas”

The Hill reports: Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who has floated an independent run at the White House, deleted a tweet Wednesday in which he praised a column that insulted other 2020 contenders. In the now-deleted tweet, Schultz linked to a piece that called Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “shrill” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Fauxcahontas,” a reference to her …

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Howard Schultz Doesn’t Know Cost Of Cheerios [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, amid a media tour rife with awkward moments, got stumped by Morning Joe on Wednesday when asked: “How much does an 18-ounce box of Cheerios cost?” “An 18 ounce box of Cheerios? I don’t eat Cheerios,” the billionaire responded to host Mika Brzezinski. When she revealed the price was four dollars, …

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Biden Holds Big Lead In Poll On Dem 2020 Candidates

Politico reports: Kamala Harris made headlines in her first visit to Iowa as a presidential candidate with her firm support for a “Medicare for all” health care plan. She’s now the third choice of Democratic voters, who were asked to pick their favorite person for the party’s nomination next year. Over the course of four surveys this month, former Vice …

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Won’t Run For President

CBS News Los Angeles reports: Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce in Los Angeles today that he will not run for president in 2020, according to three sources. Garcetti had been considering a presidential campaign for months and traveled the country raising money for Democrats. No mayor has ever jumped directly from City Hall to the White House, and the prospects …

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Politico: Gabbard 2020 Campaign Is “Melting Down”

Politico reports: Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign hasn’t officially launched yet but it’s already melting down. Two-and-a-half weeks after she told CNN she had decided to run for the White House—an announcement that even her own staff didn’t know was coming, after weeks of debating the timing of the rollout—the 37-year-old congresswoman has struggled to contain the chaos. Campaign manager Rania …

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Kamala Smashes Record For Most-Watched Town Hall

Axios reports: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) broke records Monday when her televised town hall became the most viewed event of its kind in cable news history, according to CNN. The town hall averaged 1.957 million views — the most of any cable-news, single-candidate town hall and 75 percent more than CNN’s average for that hour over the past four weeks, …

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Joe Biden Says His 2020 Decision Is Coming “Soon”

NBC News reports: Joe Biden said Monday he’s closing in on a final decision about the 2020 presidential race, making preparations for a campaign but stopping short of a definitive signal he’ll run. “I’m running the traps on this. I don’t want to make this a fool’s errand,” the former vice president told the audience at a ticketed event in …

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Howard Schultz Heckled About Possible WH Bid [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: A day after Howard Schultz said he might run for U.S. president, a heckler shouted “don’t help elect Trump” at the former Starbucks CEO, voicing concerns that his independent bid could help President Donald Trump win re-election in 2020. “Don’t help elect Trump, you egotistical, billionaire, asshole,” shouted the heckler at a Schultz book promotion in New York …

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Rep. Ted Lieu Endorses Kamala Harris For President

Reuters reports: Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Monday endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for president in the 2020 election, saying she “embraces the future.” Lieu, who is among the most outspoken critics of President Trump, backed his home state senator over a steadily growing field of other Democratic candidates. Harris on Sunday officially launched her bid for the presidency in …

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Howard Schultz: I’d Run As A “Centrist Independent”

“I am seriously thinking of running for president. I will run as a centrist independent, outside of the two-party system we’re living at a most-fragile time not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are …

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Former SF Mayor Willie Brown Responds To Right Wing Attacks Over Having Once Dated Sen. Kamala Harris

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown writes: I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my “relationship” with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Most of them, I have not returned. Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by …

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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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