Tag Archives: Campaign 2020

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Trump Is Seeking Foreign Help

“Trump continues to show every sign of hoping and expecting to benefit from foreign collusion in 2020. In May, he intended to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to pressure the government to supply dirt on Joe Biden. He and his ally, Mitch McConnell, are blocking measures (including ones with bipartisan support) to help safeguard elections against foreign attacks and social media propaganda. … His message to Russia, or any other government that wants a close relationship with him, is obvious: do anything you can to help me win.”

Jonathan Chait

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Trump Would Take Dirt on Opponents from a Foreign Entity

“I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening. It’s not an interference, they have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong I’d go maybe to the FBI. If I thought there was something wrong.”

— President Trump, telling ABC News that he wouldn’t commit to calling the FBI if a foreign power offered damaging information on a political opponent. When told FBI Director Christopher Wray said campaigns should contact the bureau if contacted by a foreign entity, Trump said: “The FBI director is wrong.”

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Biden’s Not the Best Trump Goader

“In a party where every major politician (and presidential candidate) is fiercely anti-Trump, Biden isn’t even the most clever at goading him. Nancy Pelosi is the gold standard, with Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren coming up strong.”

Frank Rich

Enumerati

Biden to Call Trump an ‘Existential Threat’

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Joe Biden plans to call out President Trump as an “existential threat” to the United States During an Iowa speech, according to prepared remarks shared with CBS News. Axios reports Biden references Trump at least 76 times in his speech.

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Bennet: Trump Administration a ‘Three-Ring Circus’

“This is a three-ring circus. Trump’s spinning plates, stuff is dropping all around him, and the ringmaster is Mitch McConnell.”

–Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), on the Rachel Maddow Show.

Enumerati

2020 Ad Spend to Top $9.9 Billion

$9.9 billion

“Political ad spending will increase to $9.9 billion in 2020,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “That would be up from $8.7 billion in 2018, the year of the most recent midterm Congressional elections, and $6.3 billion in 2016.”

News & Comment

Hillary Clinton: Dems Should Ask Chinese for Help to Counter Russian Support for GOP

Hillary Clinton was not entirely serious last month when she suggested to Rachel Maddow that 2020 Democratic candidates should invite the Chinese to hack in to the IRS and release Trump’s taxes. But it’s an interesting hypothetical.

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Weld Rachets Up Attacks on Trump

“I celebrate that America has always been a melting pot. It seems he would prefer an Aryan nation.”

— President Trump’s lone Republican primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, ratcheting up his attacks on the president, ABC News reports.

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North Korea Says Mean Things About Joe Biden

As the 2020 presidential race heats up, North Korea’s official news agency called Joe Biden a “snob bereft of elementary quality as human being.” They added: “He is self-praising himself as being the most popular presidential candidate. This is enough to make a cat laugh.” The news agency also called the former vice president a “fool of low IQ” and said he “had the temerity to insult the supreme leadership” of North Korea.

Bloomberg

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It’s the Healthcare, Stupid!

62%

“Health care was the most important issue across all three groups: 45% of Democrats, 30% of Republicans and 31% of independents ranked it their No. 1 issue from a list of six that were shown. For Republicans, 29% said the economy was the No. 1 issue and 28% immigration. 62% of all people polled said health care is the No. 1 or 2 issue,” Axios reports.