Democratic presidential candidates

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Bloomberg Answers Slams Over His Wealth

Billionaire says he's not trying to buy the Democratic nomination

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg responded to criticism that he's trying to buy the presidency by saying his wealth insulates him from being bought. Speaking of his Democratic opponents, the billionaire said, "I'm doing exactly the same thing they're doing, except that I am using my own money,"... More »

Bloomberg's Money Did Buy Him Some Love

He's now in 5th place after massive ad spend

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg hasn't been able to buy frontrunner status in the Democratic race, but his massive advertising spend hasn't gone entirely to waste, according to two new polls. A Hill/HarrisX poll puts the former New York City mayor at 6% among likely Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters, ahead... More »

Obama: Democrats Need to 'Chill Out' About 2020 Hopefuls

He says differences are 'relatively minor'

(Newser) - Barack Obama spoke at a Democratic Unity Fund fundraising event Thursday and, unsurprisingly, called for Democratic unity. The former president said the party needs to "chill out" about the 2020 field and focus on defeating Trump instead of fighting over "relatively minor" differences, CNN reports. "Everybody needs... More »

Iowa Poll Finds a New Order Among Democrats

Buttigieg moves to the top tier, with 25% saying he's their first choice

(Newser) - There's a new leader in the Democratic presidential field in Iowa, by one count, and it's not all that close. Pete Buttigieg is the first choice of 25% of Democratic voters who say they're likely to attend the party's caucuses, a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa... More »

Clinton: I'm Under 'Enormous Pressure' to Run

She says 'many, many people' want her to consider it

(Newser) - With the deadline to register for the New Hampshire primary just a few days away, Hillary Clinton still isn't ruling out a 2020 White House run. "I, as I say, never, never, never say never," she told the BBC Tuesday when asked if she was considering a... More »

Democratic Field Could Get a Bit More Crowded

Sources say Deval Patrick could make announcement later this week

(Newser) - After ruling out a White House run late last year, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is now having second thoughts, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times , among other outlets, that the Democrat believes there is room for a candidate who can unite both the liberal and moderate wings... More »

Poll: Bloomberg Is Most Disliked in Democratic Field

But he still leads Trump by 6 points

(Newser) - Voters have reacted to the possibility of Michael Bloomberg running for president with a resounding "meh," according to the latest Morning Consult poll . The poll, which was conducted Friday and released Sunday, found that the former New York City mayor has the highest unfavorable rating among likely primary... More »

Buttigieg Plan: Free College for Families Under $100K

Sound Bend mayor lays out economic blueprint

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg wants to help low-income families with free college tuition, free childcare, and expanded tax credits, according to a $2.1 trillion economic plan announced Friday. The plan includes free tuition at four-year public colleges for families earning up to $100,000, reduced tuition for those earning up to... More »

Iowa Party to Host Critical Event

Democrats to meet at dinner that has remade past races

(Newser) - The campaign trips to Iowa are becoming more frequent, the pleas to voters more urgent and the potential for coming up short more vivid. The three-month sprint to the Iowa caucuses begins Friday with more than a dozen Democratic presidential candidates making their increasingly urgent pitches at the state party'... More »

Harris Campaign Makes Some 'Tough Choices'

Staffers are being laid off or shifted to Iowa

(Newser) - Sen. Kamala Harris says she fully intends to win the Democratic nomination—but she is competing against rivals with a lot more money. According to a campaign memo seen by Politico Wednesday, the senator from California is laying off dozens of aides at her Baltimore headquarters, shifting other staffers to... More »

Warren Makes Waves With Gay Marriage Response

'Just marry one woman' line goes viral after CNN town hall

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren's performance at a CNN town hall in Los Angeles on Thursday might be summed up in two words: Oh snap. During the event focused on LGBT issues, the Massachusetts senator was asked what she'd say to a supporter who, for religious reasons, believes marriage should be... More »

Sanders' Daughter-in-Law Dies 2 Days After Diagnosis

Senator says he plans to 'change nature of campaign' after heart attack

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders had an even rougher week last week than people knew. The senator's daughter-in-law died Saturday, the day after Sanders was released from the hospital following a heart attack . Dr. Rainè Riggs, 46, died just two days after she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, People reports. The mother... More »

Sanders Rocks It With Q3 Fundraising

And Pete Buttigieg slips from last quarter's impressive haul

(Newser) - Polls—what polls? With Elizabeth Warren edging Joe Biden in the polls, Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday an impressive third-quarter haul that beats Warren's first and second quarters combined, ABC News reports. And that's without Sanders tapping the big-money, private events that Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and others... More »

Polls Get Even Better for Warren

Joe Biden bears the brunt

(Newser) - If Joe Biden was concerned to see Elizabeth Warren pull ahead in a recent poll of Iowa , he might now be shaking in his boots. For the first time, the Massachusetts senator leads the former vice president in Quinnipiac University's nationwide poll, out Wednesday, per Politico . Some 27% of... More »

Sanders Just One-Upped Warren on a Signature Issue

Sanders' wealth tax proposal would affect more households, raise more revenue: economists

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren is suddenly facing competition on the signature issue of her presidential campaign. Enter Bernie Sanders, who on Tuesday unveiled his plan to "substantially reduce wealth inequality in America and stop our democracy from turning into a corrupt oligarchy." Whereas Warren backs a 2% wealth tax on... More »

Matt Drudge Names Democrat to Watch in Primaries

It's Elizabeth Warren's nomination to lose

(Newser) - Matt Drudge, the influential conservative blogger who predicted Donald Trump's nomination and election victory in 2016, thinks Elizabeth Warren is the Democrat to watch in next year's primaries. "It's Elizabeth Warren's nomination to lose," he tweeted Wednesday, sharing a photo of a large crowd... More »

Dems Use Same Word Reacting to Kavanaugh Allegations

At least 4 are calling for his impeachment

(Newser) - Several Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday lined up to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college, the AP reports. Kavanaugh was confirmed last October after emotional hearings in the Senate over... More »

Harris Says She Didn't Catch 'Incredibly Offensive' Comment

Candidate apologizes for laughing and agreeing with questioner

(Newser) - When a questioner at a town hall asked Kamala Harris what she would do in the next year to curb "the mentally retarded action" of President Trump, she laughed with the crowd. "Well said, well said," she told him, the Washington Post reports. Now the Democratic senator... More »

Over 7 Hours, 10 Candidates Talked Climate Change

Democrats reveal their priorities in CNN town halls

(Newser) - Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas, and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls. While Republicans might find ammunition in the overwhelming—and overwhelmingly costly—scope of the plans, the 10 Democrats who participated in... More »

De Blasio Spent 7 Hours at City Hall in a Month: Report

Comedians suggest too much focus on 'Iowa'

(Newser) - Comedians descended on City Hall in New York last week to urge Bill de Blasio "to do some work"—and that was before a report suggesting the mayor spent just seven hours at his office in the month he announced his presidential campaign. The seven hours were split... More »

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