Election 2020

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Democrats Change How They'll Pick 2020 Nominee

Superdelegates won't have the same power as before

(Newser) - After two years of sometimes ugly public fighting, Democratic Party leaders on Saturday voted to limit their own high-profile roles in choosing presidential nominees, giving even more weight to the outcome of state primaries and caucuses, the AP reports. The debate over the influence of party insiders known as superdelegates... More »

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Is in Iowa, Eyeing a Bigger Job

Michael Avenatti says he's exploring a run for president

(Newser) - Michael Avenatti has become a familiar name as a legal foe of President Trump. Now the attorney for Stormy Daniels says he's considering turning into a political foe as well. "I'm exploring a run for the presidency of the United States, and I wanted to come... More »

Trump's 2020 Campaign Already Has Big Warchest

'I don't see anybody' who can beat me, says president

(Newser) - President Trump told Piers Morgan last week that he "fully" intends to run for re-election in 2020. "I don't see anybody" who can beat me, Trump told Morgan in the Daily Mail interview. "They do not have the right candidate." Now the New York Times ... More »

Big Move in One State Could Keep Trump Off 2020 Ballot

Rhode Island bill would make all presidential hopefuls release tax returns to get on ballot

(Newser) - Gayle Goldin wants to make sure future presidential candidates fully reveal any potential conflicts of interest. That's why the Democratic state senator from Rhode Island is now sponsoring a bill that would require Oval Office hopefuls to release five years' worth of tax returns—meaning President Trump could see... More »

Obama Quietly Meeting With Potential 2020 Candidates

Former president is said to offer his thoughts on campaigning in the Trump era, among other things

(Newser) - Barack Obama has been quietly meeting with a number of possible Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential race, multiple sources tell Politico and CNN . Potential candidates including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Deval Patrick have had one-on-one sitdowns with the former president at his Washington office in recent... More »

Romney Gives His 2020 Prediction

Trump will be 'reelected solidly,' he tells GOP donors in Utah

(Newser) - Addressing high-profile GOP donors, Mitt Romney predicted Thursday that President Trump would slide smoothly into a second term in 2020. "I think President Trump will be re-nominated by my party easily, and I think he'll be reelected solidly," he told business and political leaders including Blackrock CEO... More »

Campaign Donations Pouring In to Trump

Aggressive fundraising pulls in $20M in first quarter, with one-fifth going to legal fees

(Newser) - President Trump filed for reelection almost immediately upon assuming office, and new filings reflect the aggressive approach: The president's campaign and two affiliated fundraising committees pulled in about $20 million in the first quarter, reports Politico . That's an unusually high amount for a sitting president this early in... More »

Jesus Christ Writes to Oprah

Jesus Christ of Maine, that is

(Newser) - A letter from Jesus Christ might be the affirmation Oprah Winfrey needs to run for the presidency, reports the AP . An 83-year-old Maine woman who changed her name to Jesus Christ says she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace, WGME-TV... More »

Trump Already Knows Who Will Run His 2020 Campaign

He's picked digital operations chief Brad Parscale

(Newser) - The Drudge Report is out with a political scoop: President Trump has chosen his campaign manager for 2020. Trump is expected to formally announce the selection of his digital operations chief, Brad Parscale, on Tuesday. The AP confirms, adding that Parscale, who is close to Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, ran... More »

With One Paragraph, Oprah Shuts Down 2020 Buzz

'It's not something that interests me,' she tells 'InStyle'

(Newser) - "Not for me." Three words buried in an InStyle interview, but enough to quash the overwhelming buzz about a possible presidential run by Oprah Winfrey in 2020—at least for now. Winfrey, who appears on InStyle's March cover, spoke to the magazine three weeks before her Golden... More »

Oprah 2020? Think Again

Mimicking Trump's 'hallucinatory circus act' is a bad idea, columnist says

(Newser) - After Oprah Winfrey's rousing speech at the Golden Globes, some people are talking at least semi-seriously about an Oprah White House bid —while others are calling it a terrible idea. Paul Waldman at the Washington Post says Oprah 2020 supporters should "take a breath" and realize that... More »

Oprah's Rousing Golden Globes Speech Re-Ignites Old Whispers

Could an Oprah 2020 campaign emerge out of this?

(Newser) - It started with a half-kidding plea at the beginning of the Golden Globes for Oprah Winfrey to run for president, but by the end of the night, that thought was gaining steam. As the awards show opened, host Seth Meyers joked that if his stint as host at the 2011... More »

Elizabeth Warren Is Sitting on a Whole Lot of Money

Politico sees 2020 implications

(Newser) - During her first five years in the Senate, Elizabeth Warren had a heads-down attitude, Democrats close to her tell Politico in a piece about the "conscious break" that has followed. It reports on what it characterizes as "under-the-radar" moves that could be greasing the wheels for 2020. Chief... More »

With 6 Words, Oprah Revs Up Rumors of 2020 Run

She thanks writer who called her Democrats' best hope

(Newser) - Will President Trump meet his match in 2020? A tweet from Oprah Winfrey has revived speculation in conservative outlets including the Daily Caller and Washington Examiner that she is planning to seek the Democratic nomination. She retweeted a link to a New York Post opinion piece from John Podhoretz that... More »

New Rumor for 2020 Ticket: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican

Govs. Kasich and Hickenlooper fuel talk of an independent ticket

(Newser) - And suddenly, there's a hot rumor about a presidential ticket for 2020—featuring a Democrat and a Republican, no less. The potential pairing is GOP Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, reports Mike Allen at Axios . The two (nicknamed "the Johns")... More »

Pence Squashes 'Disgraceful' Rumors of 2020 Run

Veep shot back at ' Times' reporting of a 'shadow campaign'

(Newser) - Mike Pence is at the center of a juicy DC rumor—and he’s not having it. Per the AP , Pence released a statement Sunday disavowing a New York Times story that reports he’s among Republicans gearing up for a shot at the White House in 2020 should Trump... More »

The 2020 Presidential Campaign Has Officially Begun

Democratic Rep. John Delaney announces his candidacy

(Newser) - It. Has. Begun. On Friday, Rep. John Delaney of Maryland officially became the first Democrat running to defeat President Trump in 2020. Delaney, 54, made the announcement with an op-ed in the Washington Post . "It is time for us to rise above our broken politics and renew the spirit... More »

Press Disinvited From Trump 2020 Fundraiser

Event at Trump hotel raises $10M

(Newser) - With a mere 40 months to go until the 2020 re-election, President Trump has started trying to refill the campaign coffers. Republican National Committee officials say around $10 million was raised at a Trump fundraising event at one of his own hotels Wednesday, where ticket prices started at $35,000,... More »

Pence Makes Unusual Move to Advance Trump's Agenda

'Great America Committee' PAC will allow VP to support GOP candidates across US

(Newser) - Borrowing from his boss's now-famous slogan , Vice President Mike Pence has launched the "Great America Committee" PAC in advance of the 2018 and 2020 elections, NBC News reports. Pence will use money raised through the PAC to travel the country on Air Force Two and help stump for... More »

Disney CEO Bob Iger May Have Eye on White House

2 reports say he's being encouraged to run and is considering the possibility

(Newser) - It looks like one name can be added to the early mix of potential 2020 candidates: Disney CEO Bob Iger. The Hollywood Reporter in March reported that Iger was seriously considering supporters' requests that he run for the Democratic nomination, and now a post at Axios amplifies that. "He'... More »

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