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Just Under the Wire, a 6th Debate Contender

Tom Steyer will join Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren on Tuesday

(Newser) - And then there were six. On Thursday morning, just Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren had met polling and fundraising requirements to participate in Tuesday's Democratic debate in Iowa. By Thursday evening, there was a new entry : businessman Tom Steyer, who Politico notes was... More »

Trump: If I Debate, We're Doing It Differently

Commission on Presidential Debates is 'stacked with Trump Haters,' he says

(Newser) - Last week, the New York Times reported that President Trump might skip the 2020 presidential debates. On Monday, Trump himself clarified his position: He says he wants to debate, but not through the non-profit organization that has traditionally organized the forums, reports the Hill . In a series of tweets , Trump... More »

2020 Debates May Be Missing a Key Player

Sources tell 'NYT' Trump might skip them

(Newser) - Wondering how the general election debates between President Trump and the Democratic nominee will go down? We may never find out. Two sources said to be familiar with Trump's discussions on the matter tells the New York Times the president is mulling not showing up for any such showdowns—... More »

Democratic Debate Stage Just Got a Little Less White

Andrew Yang qualifies for Dec. 19 event with latest Quinnipiac poll

(Newser) - The sixth Democratic debate is happening next Thursday, and there will now be seven candidates on the stage at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The new contender to join Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren in the PBS NewsHour/Politico event: Andrew Yang,... More »

DC Had a TV Dilemma Tuesday Night

A critical Washington Nationals playoff game or the Democratic debates?

(Newser) - Residents of Washington, DC, live and breathe politics, so a presidential debate has the cachet of a sports playoff. Except on Tuesday night, there was an actual sports playoff, in the form of the hometown Washington Nationals playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series—meaning locals... More »

DNC Again Bumps Up Debate Thresholds

Candidates must have 165K unique donors, hit 3% in four polls to make November debate

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee is increasing the polling and fundraising requirements for presidential candidates to qualify for the primary campaign's fifth debate in November, the AP reports. But in a nod to the potential for late-surging campaigns, the increases are not as steep as those from the first and... More »

Castro Defends His Exchange With Biden

It was 'not a personal attack,' he says, though others disagree

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates for president took each other on during a debate in Houston Thursday night, clashing on everything from war to health care, but what the Hill calls a "fiesty exchange" on the latter went down between two contenders in particular. Julian Castro and Joe Biden were going... More »

Good News for Tom Steyer

Democratic presidential candidate qualifies for October debate

(Newser) - Tom Steyer was one of the Democratic presidential candidates who failed to qualify for the September debate , coming up Thursday. But the billionaire financier will be on stage for the October debate, his campaign announced Sunday. In what Politico calls "a quirk in the debate rules," candidates had... More »

On Debate Deadline Day, New Polls Have Bad News for Some

Looks like the next Democratic presidential debate will have just 10 candidates

(Newser) - Midnight Wednesday is the deadline to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debate, and with hours to go, two newly released polls failed to bring good news to any of the candidates who have been struggling to qualify, NBC News reports. Most notably, billionaire financier Tom Steyer—who came the... More »

NBC Announces 5 Moderators for First Debate

Dems' debate will air on NBC stations across the country, 'a rarity'

(Newser) - The first Democratic presidential debate is a little more than two weeks away, and the moderators have been announced: Rachel Maddow, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, and Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo. The debate, which will take place in two parts on June 26 and 27 in Miami, will air... More »

Megyn Kelly: Trump Offered Gifts in Bid to Sway Press

'Clearly meant to shape coverage'

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly says Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to give her gifts, including a free stay at one of his hotels, as part of what she called his pattern of trying to influence news coverage of his campaign, reports the AP , which got an advance copy of Kelly's new memoir.... More »

Trump: Everyone's Overreacting to My Election Remarks

GOP nominee tells radio host 'too much is being made' of comments on accepting election results

(Newser) - It's become de rigueur to become outraged at almost anything Donald Trump does or says these days, but reaction to his latest remarks about the election have been completely overblown, according to Trump himself. Besides his "nasty woman" comment from last Wednesday's debate, Trump also came under... More »

Weird Al Moderates the Final Presidential Debate in Song

And accidentally opens some sort of flaming portal

(Newser) - The Gregory Brothers' "life's work" is making sure that everything is turned into a song, they write in the New York Times . To that end, they've been making auto-tuned jams out of political clips for years. But Wednesday's final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump... More »

There's No Book Report Quite Like a Trump 'Book Report'

'Juliet ... made Romeo kill himself'

(Newser) - It's fine that Donald Trump is too busy to read because we basically know his take on hundreds of literary classics, thanks to Twitter. It started with a tweet from a St. Louis alderman and mayoral candidate as he was watching Wednesday's debate, per the Huffington Post . "... More »

Trump Under Fire for 'Astonishing' Debate Remarks

He's being accused of 'insulting democracy'

(Newser) - "Extraordinary," "breathtaking," and "stunning" are among the words being used to describe Donald Trump's biggest moment in Wednesday night's debate—and they're not being used to praise him. Trump, asked whether he would continue America's cherished tradition of peaceful transfers of... More »

Fact-Checkers Weigh In on Final Debate

Both sides made some dubious claims

(Newser) - The third presidential debate in Las Vegas was another busy night for the fact-checkers, who had an assortment of false claims, dubious statements, mischaracterizations, and exaggerations to look at from both candidates. Their verdict on some of the more controversial claims:
  • Donald Trump: "Her plan is going to raise
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7 Takes on the Final Debate

Trump may have landed a knockout punch on himself

(Newser) - Good news for Hillary Clinton: Many pundits say you won the final debate. Good news for Donald Trump: A lot of them say it was close. Good news for America: You'll never have to watch these two debate again. The showdown in Vegas turned out to be a more... More »

Trump on Accepting Results: 'I'll Keep You in Suspense'

He won't commit during debate

(Newser) - Donald Trump made headlines late in Wednesday's debate by refusing to say he would accept the results of the November election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. It's a "startling break with American democratic tradition," declares the Washington Post . Clinton, meanwhile, called his resistance "horrifying,... More »

'Such a Nasty Woman': Big Lines From the Debate

Clinton and Trump square off a final time

(Newser) - Some of the lines drawing attention from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's third and final debate. (The Washington Post has a transcript here ):
  • Puppets: In a discussion of Vladimir Putin, Trump said Putin would respect him more. "That's because he'd rather have a puppet as
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Trump Predicts Trouble for Roe v. Wade

He promises to appoint anti-abortion judges

(Newser) - The third and final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton got off to a low-key start Wednesday with a focus on issues instead of scandals—and without a handshake, notes the AP . On one of the first topics, abortion, Trump predicted that Roe v. Wade would be in trouble... More »

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