Election 2020

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The Best Lines From the Democratic Debate

'When people come to this country, they do not leave their human rights at the border'

(Newser) - Ten Democratic candidates jostled for attention in Miami Wednesday night in the first of two debates, clashing on issues including abortion, the border, and health care. The Guardian reports that Cory Booker had the most speaking time, with almost 11 minutes, followed closely by Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren,... More »

Takeaways From the First Democratic Debate

Julian Castro had breakout moment, analysts say

(Newser) - With no fewer than 20 candidates debating over two nights, a lot of Democrats are seeking a breakout moment—and on Wednesday night, it was Julian Castro who got one, according to the New York Times , which declares him the winner of the first 10-candidate debate in Miami. The former... More »

Democrats Clash on Health Care, Immigration

10 candidates take stage in first night of debates

(Newser) - The first of two 10-candidate Democratic debates kicked off in Miami at 9pm Eastern Wednesday—and Elizabeth Warren got off to a strong start. The Washington Post reports that the senator was able to go straight to her stump speech when she got the first question of the night, about... More »

Security Doesn't Recognize One Democratic Candidate

Hickenlooper has to introduce himself at debate site

(Newser) - Name recognition is an issue in politics, as is face recognition, and it's an issue for several Democratic presidential candidates this time. Still, Gov. John Hickenlooper probably didn't expect to have to introduce himself when he arrived in Miami on Wednesday for the two nights of candidate debates.... More »

'A 10-Person Debate Is a Mess'

20 Democratic candidates have been split over 2 nights, starting tonight

(Newser) - With 20 candidates vying for attention—a number more suited to wrestling's Royal Rumble than a traditional debate—Democrats have split the field into two groups for debates in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Republicans who took part in their party's 10 and 11-person 2016 debates, however,... More »

Susan Collins May Be in Trouble

Maine GOP senator will face a tough Democratic opponent in next election

(Newser) - Susan Collins has been a mainstay in the Senate for more than two decades, but it appears the Maine Republican will have the fight of her political life on her hands in the 2020 election. On Monday, Sara Gideon—the Democratic speaker of the state House—announced that she's... More »

Sanders to Propose 'Revolutionary' End to an 'Absurdity'

Presidential contender wants to wipe out all $1.6T of student loan debt in the US

(Newser) - The first debates for Democratic presidential contenders are taking place Wednesday and Thursday, but one candidate isn't keeping a major proposal under wraps until then. Per Vox , Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday is set to unveil legislation in support of a "College for All" proposal that calls for... More »

Buttigieg's 'Achilles' Heel' Shows at Angry Town Hall

Black residents of South Bend confront mayor about fatal police shooting

(Newser) - It's Debate Week for the Democratic candidates, but South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a major hometown issue brewing that threatens to overshadow his national ambitions. Earlier this month, a white police officer in his city fatally shot a black man, prompting Buttigieg to leave the campaign trail... More »

Retired 3-Star Admiral Joins Democratic Race

'The president is not the problem,' says Joe Sestak

(Newser) - Democratic voters unenthused with any of the other 23 candidates running for president may be glad to hear Joe Sestak has entered the race. The former congressman and retired three-star Navy admiral from Pennsylvania became his party's 24th candidate for 2020 with an announcement on his website Saturday, reports... More »

Roy Moore Is In, and Republicans Don't Like It

He's running for the Senate in Alabama again

(Newser) - Roy Moore, who lost an election for an Alabama Senate seat after he was accused of pursuing sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, is running again. He'll try to unseat Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who narrowly beat Moore in a 2017... More »

Biden: 'Apologize for What?'

He says he 'detested' segregationist senators

(Newser) - Joe Biden is sticking to his guns amid heavy criticism for his remarks about working with Southern segregationist senators . Asked Wednesday if he was planning to apologize for his comments on the "civility" involved in working with the racist Democratic senators in the '70s and '80s, Biden... More »

Trump's Single-Day Fundraising Tally Is Big

RNC says $24.8M raised in less than 24 hours

(Newser) - He may not be leading in polls like this one , but President Trump is way ahead of the pack of 2020 presidential contenders when it comes to fundraising. On the heels of the official launch of his re-election campaign, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted Wednesday that Trump "... More »

Takeaways From Trump's 2020 Campaign Launch

He's still an outsider, he tells adoring crowd

(Newser) - President Trump officially launched his re-election campaign with a rally in Orlando on Tuesday night—and while the crowd of around 20,000 people at the Amway Center was fired up, analysts say he spent far more time on old grievances than on setting out goals for a second term... More »

Trump Launches 2020 Campaign to Cries of 'Lock Her Up'

He spoke in Orlando Tuesday night

(Newser) - "We are going to keep on fighting and we’re going to keep on winning, winning, winning," President Trump declared at a rally in Orlando on Tuesday night to officially kick off his 2020 campaign. There were strong echoes of his 2016 campaign at the 20,000-seat Amway... More »

Orlando Paper Makes Unusual Move Before Trump Speech

'Sentinel' runs early 2020 endorsement: 'Not Donald Trump'

(Newser) - President Trump formally kicks off his 2020 run with a campaign rally Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida. If he's looking for a new target to criticize, the local Orlando Sentinel just presented itself. "We're here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who... More »

He Raised $7M in 3 Months. Now $7M More, in Just One

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg takes in massively impressive haul in April

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg seemingly came out of nowhere when he entered the 2020 race, and Politico points to a new development as evidence of his "explosive rise" since. When the mayor from South Bend, Ind., first jumped into the presidential fray, he raised $7 million during his first three month... More »

Trump Campaign Fires Pollsters Over 'Fake Numbers'

The president apparently blew up over internal polling

(Newser) - President Trump's re-election campaign is saying sayonara to some of its own pollsters after their bad-news data leaked in recent days, NBC News reports. Trump denied this week that such polls exist, but now a campaign source says certain internal pollsters are getting the ax. "We are winning... More »

Surprise Candidates Surge in Latest Dem Polling

In South Carolina and the nation, 2 candidates are rising

(Newser) - A poll out of South Carolina reflects what's going on nationally: Joe Biden's numbers are dipping while Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are gaining ground—but not enough to take his place, the Post and Courier reports. Biden still holds a 20-point lead in... More »

Anita Hill's Biden Answer May Be Good News for Him

'Of course I could' vote for him, she says

(Newser) - If there was one person you'd bet won't be sporting a "Vote for Biden" T-shirt during election season, it might be Anita Hill. After all, Hill didn't seem completely won over earlier this year when the former VP called her to express regret (but not to... More »

Democrats Pick their Top 20 to Participate in First Debates

Bullock and Moulton don't make the cut

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that 20 candidates have qualified for the party's first presidential debates later this month. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts were the only major candidates out of the two dozen Democratic hopefuls who failed to meet the polling or... More »

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