Tag Archives: Campaign 2020

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Silver: Beto O’Rourke Best Bet for VP Pick

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Nate Silver thinks Beto O’Rourke has the best shot at being someone’s running mate on the 2020 Democratic ticket. “Here’s why: 1) There’s about a 55 percent chance (per Betfair) that the nominee will not be a white dude. 2) If the nominee is not a white dude, the VP probably will be a white dude. 3) The other white dudes are too old (Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders) or would cost Democrats a Senate seat (Sherrod Brown). Hence, Beto.”

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Bloomberg Commits $500 Million to Defeat Trump

$500 million

“Michael Bloomberg is preparing to spend at least $500 million from his own pocket to deny President Trump a second term, according to Democratic operatives briefed on his plans,” Politico reports.“If Bloomberg declines to seek the presidency, his intention is to run an unprecedented data-heavy campaign designed to operate as a shadow political party for the eventual Democratic nominee.”

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Harris Won’t Be ‘Played’ with Racist Rhetoric

“So I was born in Oakland, and raised in the United States except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada. And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack. This is not new to us and so I think that we know what they are trying to do. … They are trying to do what has been happening over the last two years, which is powerful voices trying to sow hate and division, and so we need to recognize when we’re being played.”

— Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) directly confronting “critics Monday who have questioned her black heritage, her record incarcerating minorities as a prosecutor and her decision to marry a white man,” CNN reports.

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Kennedy Won’t Run for Prez

“I’ve got enough on my plate.”

— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), telling ABC News that he has ruled out a 2020 presidential run.

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Trump’s Re-Election War Chest Has $129 Million

$129 million

“President Trump’s campaign and affiliated committees raised more than $21 million in the final three months of 2018, entering the presidential election cycle with a massive head start just as a wide-open Democratic field begins to take shape,” the Washington Post reports. “The latest fundraising disclosures bring the total haul for Trump’s reelection effort to more than $129 million, a record amount for a sitting president at this point in the election cycle. The campaign had more than $19.2 million in cash on hand by the end of 2018, according to new Federal Election Commission filings made public Thursday night.”

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Podesta: A Hillary Run Is Just ‘Media Catnip”

“She’s not running for president.”

— Former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, quoted by The Hill, saying speculation that Hillary Clinton would run again was “media catnip.”

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Warren to Propose a ‘Wealth Tax’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will propose a new annual “wealth tax” on Americans with more than $50 million in assets, as Democratic leaders vie for increasingly aggressive solutions to the nation’s soaring wealth inequality, the Washington Post reports. “Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, two left-leaning economists at the University of California, Berkeley, have been advising Warren on a proposal to levy a 2 percent wealth tax on Americans with assets above $50 million, as well as a 3 percent wealth tax on those who have more than $1 billion, according to Saez.”

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Murphy Says He’s Not Running for Prez

“I’ve been pretty transparent about this, but let me be 100% clear: I’m not running in 2020. I love the job I have now. And at least 2 or 3 Democrats in the Senate need to stay behind to keep the fight going here!”

— Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), on Twitter.

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Harris Raises $1.5 Million in 24 Hours

$1.5 million

Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign raised $1.5 million in its first 24 hours from 38,000 donors, her campaign aides told Politico, “a massive haul for the first-term senator from California that tied Bernie Sanders’ one-day total from his 2016 presidential campaign.”

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Biden: It’s Appropriate to Question His Age

“I think it’s totally appropriate for people to look at me and say if I were to run for office again, ‘Well God darn you’re old.’ … Well, chronologically, I am old.”

— Joe Biden, saying that it would be “totally legitimate” to question his age if he mounts a White House bid in 2020, CNN reports.