Dems get religion in fight to oust Trump


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DES MOINES, Iowa — One of the biggest applause lines of Pete Buttigieg’s latest trip to Iowa came when he said: “Faith isn’t the property of one political party.”

After years of playing down or even ceding the message of faith and values to Republicans, Democratic presidential candidates are trying to reclaim it in the 2020 election, sharing their own personal faith stories and reaching out to a slice of religious voters who they believe have been motivated and alienated by President Donald Trump, who has bragged about sexual assault and paid hush money to an adult film actress. While past Democrats have shared their faith on the trail, party strategists and observers say it is playing a more central role in the 2020 campaign than they’ve seen in a long time.

But the Democratic focus on religion comes with a new twist: While some previous Democratic candidates have

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Buttigieg slams Trump’s foreign policy by tweet in a speech


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Pete Buttigieg attacked President Donald Trump for conducting foreign policy by tweet and laid out his own vision for U.S. policy abroad in a speech Tuesday morning, highlighted by his call to repeal the 2001 law that has been used to launch countless military interventions over nearly two decades since the start of the war in Afghanistan.

In an hour-long address at Indiana University, the South Bend, Ind., mayor and 2020 presidential candidate committed to returning to the nuclear deal forged with Iran, reentering the Paris Climate Accords and finding a two-state solution to conflict in Israel. Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan as a Navy intelligence officer, also framed parts of his foreign policy platform, particularly around military engagement, through personal terms.

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Buttigieg puts focus on foreign policy as he hammers Trump


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Facing questions on the trail about whether his campaign has put forward enough big ideas, Pete Buttigieg plans to make one area his own: foreign policy.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor will give a major address on his national security and foreign policy platform Tuesday morning at Indiana University, delving into details on a policy front that offers presidents wide latitude but which has gotten relatively little attention from Democratic 2020 candidates so far.

It could be a standout issue for Buttigieg, a former Navy intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan and is the only veteran polling in the top half of the Democratic presidential primary. And it’s also a topic that Buttigieg can frame in general election terms by contrasting himself with President Donald Trump, whom Buttigieg has criticized for “making up a disability” to get out of serving during the Vietnam War.

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Buttigieg: I wouldn’t have pressured Franken to resign


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Pete Buttigieg said on Monday he wouldn’t have “applied that pressure” to Al Franken to resign from the Senate after allegations of sexual misconduct in December 2017, separating himself from several other Democratic presidential candidates who did call for his resignation.

“I think it was his decision to make” to resign, Buttigieg said. “But I think the way that we basically held him to a higher standard than the GOP does their people has been used against us.”

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., faced a lightning round of questions from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Monday night in an hourlong town hall event in Fresno, Calif. He addressed questions on gun control, President Donald Trump’s tariff policies and his views on impeachment.

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Buttigieg: I wouldn’t have pressured Franken to resign


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Pete Buttigieg said on Monday he wouldn’t have “applied that pressure” to Al Franken to resign from the Senate after allegations of sexual misconduct in December 2017, separating himself from several other Democratic presidential candidates who did call for his resignation.

“I think it was his decision to make” to resign, Buttigieg said. “But I think the way that we basically held him to a higher standard than the GOP does their people has been used against us.”

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., faced a lightning round of questions from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Monday night in an hourlong town hall event in Fresno, Calif. He addressed questions on gun control, President Donald Trump’s tariff policies and his views on impeachment.

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Gillibrand sticks it to Fox News in scrappy town hall


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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took on Fox News on the network’s own airwaves Sunday night — a potential starring moment for the New York Democrat, who has struggled to break out of the sprawling Democratic presidential primary field.

In an hour-long town hall in Dubuque, Iowa, she parried questions on President Donald Trump’s border wall, her conservative House record and the trade war with China. She even attacked the network itself for what Gillibrand called its spreading of a "false narrative" on abortion rights.

But Gillibrand’s biggest moment — and a potential viral clip — came during an exchange with Fox News’ host Chris Wallace, who asked Gillibrand to explain her tweet from December 2018, when she said the future was “female” and “intersectional.”

“We want women to have a seat at the table,” Gillibrand said. At that, Wallace jumped in and asked: “What about men?”

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Gillibrand sticks it to Fox News in scrappy town hall


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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took on Fox News on the network’s own airwaves Sunday night — a potential starring moment for the New York Democrat, who has struggled to break out of the sprawling Democratic presidential primary field.

In an hour-long town hall in Dubuque, Iowa, she parried questions on President Donald Trump’s border wall, her conservative House record and the trade war with China. She even attacked the network itself for what Gillibrand called its spreading of a "false narrative" on abortion rights.

But Gillibrand’s biggest moment — and a potential viral clip — came during an exchange with Fox News’ host Chris Wallace, who asked Gillibrand to explain her tweet from December 2018, when she said the future was “female” and “intersectional.”

“We want women to have a seat at the table,” Gillibrand said. At that, Wallace jumped in and asked: “What about men?”

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First 2020 debate puts Democrats on edge


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Qualifying for the first Democratic presidential debate was the easy part. Now comes the challenge of preparing for it.

With the first debate in Miami now less than a month away, at least half-dozen major candidates have begun to block out time or lighten their schedules to prepare.

In telephone calls and conference rooms, advisers are peppering them with potential questions. The candidates are practicing tightening their answers, cognizant of the seven to 10 minutes of total speaking time they expect to be allotted. And they are watching clips of the 2016 Republican presidential primary debates to familiarize themselves with the dynamics of debating on a crowded stage.

All of it is taking place under the expectation that the first debate will represent the most significant milepost of the campaign to date, a make-or-break event that will likely lead to the first winnowing of the crowded 23-candidate primary.

For candidates

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Gillibrand zeros in on abortion in wake of new state laws


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IOWA FALLS, Iowa — When a voter here urged Kirsten Gillibrand to take on abortion rights as her “personal fight,” the New York Democrat made it clear that she needs no invitation.

A string of rigid new anti-abortion laws championed by Republican state lawmakers across the country have created an opening in the presidential campaign for Gillibrand, who’s struggled to break out in the 23-candidate Democratic field. She’s seized on the national coverage of the new laws, traveling to Georgia’s statehouse days after the Republican governor signed one there and rolling out Facebook ads that call her a “champion” for American women “in the face of an onslaught of Republican attacks on reproductive rights.”

Gillibrand took that pitch to Iowa this weekend, telling two-dozen voters gathered at one stop in a coffee shop that “a women should be able to decide when she’s having children, how many children she’s Continue reading “Gillibrand zeros in on abortion in wake of new state laws”

How Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would address maternal and child health


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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has built her presidential campaign around protecting women and families, and she’s filling out specifics with a new "Family Bill of Rights" policy, a set of proposals to improve maternal and children’s health care and broaden access to child care.

Some of the programs included in Gillibrand’s new policy rollout are ones she has already supported in the past, like a national paid family leave program. But Gillibrand is adding new elements as well, saying she’d require health insurance companies to cover in vitro fertilization, an expensive procedure that’s not often covered.

What would the plan do?

The New York Democrat called for a slew of policy proposals that address the struggles faced by young families, from expanding health care access for mothers in rural communities to a universal pre-kindergarten program. The proposal also reiterates her support for a national paid family leave program.

One Continue reading “How Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would address maternal and child health”

Fox News town halls divide Dem presidential hopefuls


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LACONIA, N.H. — Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand hail from all over the country and fall across the spectrum of Democratic politics. But they’re linked by the latest test in the Democratic presidential primary: All decided to participate in Fox News town halls.

Whether to appear on the channel has suddenly become a polarizing decision for the sprawling field of Democratic presidential contenders, since Elizabeth Warren declined a town hall invitation and called the network a Trump-aligned “hate-for-profit racket” last week. Kamala Harris’ campaign also said she wouldn’t participate. Still other Democrats are pledging to go on the network, if they only could score an invite.

The town halls have become an unlikely inkblot test for Democratic presidential candidates. They have carved up the field partly along the lines of who wants or needs the most press attention — but especially based on how the

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How Sen. Amy Klobuchar would regulate big business


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Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pledging to beef up antitrust oversight and consumer protection in her presidential campaign’s latest round of policy proposals, issues that have animated her during her tenure in the Senate. She also floated the possibility of investigating tech company mergers that have already happened, like Facebook.

“That’s one example,” Klobuchar told POLITICO in an interview, adding that there are also “huge competitive issues” with drug and online travel companies.

“We want to be a capitalist society that works for everyone, and that means real competition that brings down prices, brings in new products and ideas, and that’s not going to happen if we have a few big guys dominating various industries in the United States,” Klobuchar said. “We have to look at it going forward, and then we also have to look at it looking backwards.”

What would the plan do?

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‘He’s white, male and gay’: Buttigieg hits obstacles with black voters


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Joe Darby, a prominent pastor in Charleston, S.C., was discussing the Democratic presidential field with fellow clergymen when Pete Buttigieg’s name came up. A fellow pastor quickly interjected.

“Isn’t that the dude who kissed his husband on TV?” the person asked skeptically, according to Darby.

The exchange highlights a major obstacle for Buttigieg, who’s vaulted into the top tier of Democratic candidates without gaining traction among African Americans, according to recent surveys of national and South Carolina Democrats. But as the mayor of South Bend, Ind., devotes more effort to campaigning for black votes in the South and elsewhere, he will have to break down some resistance over his sexual orientation, particularly among older voters, according to interviews with more than a dozen African American activists, political strategists and clergy, as well as a review of public polling.

Buttigieg and his campaign are well aware of

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Gillibrand pledges to only nominate judges that will forcefully back Roe v. Wade


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Kirsten Gillibrand has pledged to only nominate judges that will uphold Roe v. Wade as settled legal precedent — a move that commits to a judicial litmus test and marks an unusual step for a presidential candidate.

The New York Democrat grounded her decision in the "onslaught of Republican anti-abortion state legislation," releasing her pledge on the same day that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will sign a controversial bill that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Gillibrand acknowledged that "traditionally, presidents and presidential candidates haven’t drawn lines in the sand on judicial appointments, to preserve the impartiality of our judiciary," she wrote in a Medium post, published on Tuesday. Instead, Gillibrand pointed the finger at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who "obstructed and stole a Supreme Court seat," and President Donald Trump, who "nominated dozens of ideologically extreme judges hand-picked by far-right think tanks."

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‘An existential threat’: Desperate drive to make the debate stage shakes Dem campaigns


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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sank a ping-pong ball into a cup of water — a spin on the drinking game, beer pong — and turned the moment into a digital ad urging $1 donations to her presidential campaign. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is hawking bumper stickers for $1 donations and used his recent CNN town hall to make a televised plea for more campaign contributions. Former Rep. John Delaney promised to give $2 of his own money to charity for each of the next 100,000 individual donors who gave to his campaign.

The unconventional, often gimmicky fundraising arms race is part of a desperate scramble to make it past a new threshold set by the Democratic National Committee, 65,000 individual donors, to the first primary debates in June and July. The televised debates could be make-or-break showcases for the 2020 presidential candidates, and the requirement has reshaped the strategy of candidates Continue reading “‘An existential threat’: Desperate drive to make the debate stage shakes Dem campaigns”

Michael Bennet dives into crowded Democratic presidential primary


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Sen. Michael Bennet jumped into the 2020 presidential race Thursday morning, becoming the 21st Democratic contender vying for his party’s nomination and the second hailing from Colorado.

Bennet, a moderate senator from the Mountain West, made his bid official on Thursday morning, after promising earlier this month that he would “100 percent” run for president if he was declared cancer-free. Bennet underwent a successful surgery in mid-April to treat prostate cancer.

“My plan is to run for president,” Bennet said in an interview on “CBS This Morning” — the same morning news show where Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his own 2020 run earlier this year. "This country faces two enormous challenges, among others. One is a lack of economic mobility and opportunity for most Americans and the other is the need to restore integrity to our government.”

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Gillibrand proposes public campaign financing plan


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Kirsten Gillibrand jumped into the Democratic presidential policy race Wednesday with a “clean elections” plan that would provide a voter-driven public option for campaign financing.

The New York Democrat’s first policy rollout aims to reduce the influence of special-interest money in politics, an issue that’s grown in significance for Democratic primary voters — and one that Gillibrand argues is an essential step toward enacting other policy changes.

Under Gillibrand’s plan, eligible voters could opt into her “Democracy Dollars” program and register for vouchers, provided by the Federal Elections Commission, to donate up to $100 in a primary election and $100 in a general election each cycle. Each participant would get $200 for each type of federal contest: House, Senate and presidential elections.

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Pete Buttigieg releases 10 years of tax returns


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Pete Buttigieg released a decade’s worth of tax returns on Tuesday, joining several other 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who have opened up their finances as they start the campaign.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor posted his tax returns from 2010 to 2018 on his website. In a statement on the page devoted to his tax documents, Buttigieg said "candidates for the highest office in the land should be transparent and honest."

Buttigieg’s tax returns show that he has made six-figure salaries in recent years, but they place him among the least wealthy Democrats running for president in 2020. In 2018, Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, a teacher, earned just over $152,000. The pair paid about $20,000 in federal taxes — an effective tax rate of 13.2 percent, the documents show.

Buttigieg received a $30,000 advance for his book, "Shortest Way Home," in 2017.

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Here are the good, bad and awkward announcements from the 2020 cycle


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Klobuchar makes more top hires as she ramps up her presidential bid


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Amy Klobuchar rolled out additional top hires for her presidential bid, a sign of her intensifying effort in the sprawling 2020 field.

The Minnesota Democrat named five new staffers on Monday, as well as five senior advisers from a range of top consulting firms, according to a statement shared first with POLITICO.

Klobuchar, who raised over $5 million in the first fundraising quarter, has hovered in the low single digits in national and early-state polling, after launching her presidential bid in Minneapolis in February. She has cast herself as a no-nonsense pragmatist who can win in Trump country, as Minnesota trended toward Republicans in 2016. But she’s also rejected the sweeping policy proposals, like four-year free college, that have been popularized by the party’s left.

The campaign consulting team includes Pete Giangreco as a senior adviser and Fred Yang as a research adviser. Giangreco helped to elect Klobuchar in her Continue reading “Klobuchar makes more top hires as she ramps up her presidential bid”