Election 2020

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Zuckerberg, Chan Gave Buttigieg Some Advice

Facebook founder and his wife recommended potential hires for campaign staff

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has yet to make any political contributions or endorsements in the 2020 election cycle, but he has made recommendations to one candidate: Pete Buttigieg. The Facebook founder sent a few emails earlier this year to Buttigieg’s campaign manager offering up suggestions of potential staffers to hire for... More »

Julian Castro Issues Challenge to Supporters

He's dropping out if he doesn't raise $800K by the end of the month

(Newser) - The Democratic field will be reduced by one candidate at the end of the month—unless his supporters reach for their wallets. Julian Castro emailed supporters to say that he's out of the 2020 race if he doesn't raise $800,000 in 10 days, reports BuzzFeed . As the... More »

Biden Drops, Buttigieg Surges in Latest Iowa Poll

Ex-VP is now at 18%, Warren at 17%, and Buttigieg at 13%; Harris, Sanders in single digits

(Newser) - A lot can change in four months, and new polling in Iowa suggests seismic shifts among the ever-changing top tier of Democratic presidential candidates. Per a new Suffolk University/USA Today survey of 500 likely Democratic caucus attendees, it's now a three-way race between Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and, in... More »

'To Put It Bluntly, I Am Back'

Sanders mounts his political comeback weeks after heart attack

(Newser) - Storming past questions about his health, Bernie Sanders vowed that he's "more ready than ever" to fight a political revolution—with a little help from new friends—at a rally Saturday that drew an estimated 25,000 to a New York City park. The rally offered a pointed... More »

Impeachment Trial Could Be Bad News for 6 Democrats

Senators will have to stay in DC for the duration

(Newser) - With an impeachment trial for President Trump in the Senate is looking more likely every day, the good news for the six Democratic senators running for president is that they will be on TV every day during a trial. The bad news is, they won't be allowed to speak.... More »

AOC Has Picked Her Candidate: Report

And it's Bernie Sanders

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders said at Tuesday night's Democratic debate that he will be joined by a "special guest" at his "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens on Saturday. Anybody expecting Paul Simon will be disappointed: Sources tell the Washington Post that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will appear at the... 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 »

Bernie Sanders' Slowed Pace? He 'Misspoke'

2020 candidate says he intends to run a 'very vigorous campaign'

(Newser) - After it was confirmed Bernie Sanders had a heart attack last week, the Vermont senator and 2020 presidential candidate spoke to the press and suggested he'd be slowing his pace. "I think we're going to change the nature of the campaign a bit," Sanders said Tuesday,... More »

For Biden, a 1st With Regard to Trump's Impeachment

Biden declares his support for the first time

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday for the first time that President Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office to help his own reelection, the AP reports. Biden made the remarks as part of a blistering 25-minute speech in New Hampshire, departing from his usual... More »

Hillary Issues Tantalizing Tweet in Tiff With Trump

The former Secretary of State suggests anything is possible in 2020

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton isn't running in 2020—positively, definitely, for sure—except for a tantalizing tweet posted Wednesday on her Twitter account, CNN reports. After President Trump urged her to join the Democratic fray, Clinton responded: "Don't tempt me. Do your job." And while talking to Judy... 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 »

Campaign Confirms: Bernie Had Heart Attack

Sanders has been released from hospital after getting stents, says he's ready to get back to work

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had a heart attack, his campaign confirmed Friday as the Vermont senator was released from a Nevada hospital. The 78-year-old was at a campaign event Tuesday when he experienced chest discomfort and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a heart attack,... More »

Joe Biden Falls Behind 2 Rivals in Fundraising

His total is down $7M from the previous quarter

(Newser) - Joe Biden isn't the Democratic frontrunner when it comes to fundraising, according to figures released by his campaign Thursday. The Biden campaign says the former vice president raised $15.2 million over the last three months, some $7 million less than in the previous quarter of 2019, the New ... More »

'Don't Tell Anyone': Putin Jokingly Offers a Secret

The subject is election meddling

(Newser) - In June, President Trump jokingly told Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Putin apparently thinks the joke is still funny. In a panel appearance at Russian Energy Week on Wednesday, he was asked about the concerns that Russia might meddle. "I'll tell you a secret,... More »

After Chest Discomfort, Bernie Sanders Has Procedure

A blockage was found and 2 stents were inserted

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders had a procedure for an artery blockage, a rep confirms to CNBC . Per Jeff Weaver, the 2020 Democratic contender "experienced some chest discomfort" while at an event Tuesday. A blockage was discovered in one of the 78-year-old's arteries, and two stents were placed. The AP explains... 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 »

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 »

A First for Warren in the Polls

She surges in Iowa, leaving Biden in No. 2

(Newser) - There is a new top dog in Iowa polling, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren having put the nation's former No. 2 politician Joe Biden firmly into the No. 2 spot: She now leads him 22% to 20%, marking the first time the former vice president has trailed in the Des ... More »

Another Kennedy Announces Senate Bid

US Rep. Joe Kennedy III is in the running

(Newser) - US Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the US Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to bid for the upper chamber of Congress since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962, the AP reports. The Massachusetts Democrat formally announced his campaign in an... More »

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