Julián Castro in Fox News town hall: Let’s talk about me, not Hillary


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Julián Castro all but told Fox News on Thursday that he wasn’t there to talk about his rivals and couldn’t understand why the network is still obsessed with Hillary Clinton in 2019.

At an hourlong town hall in Tempe, Ariz., with Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary and San Antonio mayor declined to comment on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s likening people who are against abortion to racists or anti-Semites, or former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent reversal on the Hyde Amendment, which essentially banned publicly funded abortions.

“I don’t want to distract right now by talking about other candidates when the fact is that I need to introduce myself to a lot of people who don’t know who I am yet in this Democratic primary,” Castro said. “And so I don’t want them to know who Joe Biden is and what Continue reading “Julián Castro in Fox News town hall: Let’s talk about me, not Hillary”

Attention-seeking Bernie bashers unload on socialism


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Michael Bennet stood and applauded when President Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address “that America will never be a socialist country.” Seth Moulton has said a democratic socialist won’t win the White House in 2020.

On Thursday, John Hickenlooper went further: Democrats aren’t socialists, the former Colorado governor said at a speech in Washington, and Democratic candidates for president should stop embracing Bernie Sanders and his liberal policies if they want to oust President Donald Trump in 2020.

For weeks, bottom-dwelling centrists in the Democratic primary have decried socialism while largely avoiding directly attacking Sanders, the only self-described democratic socialist in the 24-person primary. Hickenlooper and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney wielded the argument recently to grab attention they’ve desperately sought.

California Democrats booed both candidates earlier this month, when Hickenlooper told a convention of liberal activists that “socialism is not the answer” to beating Continue reading “Attention-seeking Bernie bashers unload on socialism”

Attention-seeking Bernie bashers unload on socialism


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Michael Bennet stood and applauded when President Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address “that America will never be a socialist country.” Seth Moulton has said a democratic socialist won’t win the White House in 2020.

On Thursday, John Hickenlooper went further: Democrats aren’t socialists, the former Colorado governor said at a speech in Washington, and Democratic candidates for president should stop embracing Bernie Sanders and his liberal policies if they want to oust President Donald Trump in 2020.

For weeks, bottom-dwelling centrists in the Democratic primary have decried socialism while largely avoiding directly attacking Sanders, the only self-described democratic socialist in the 24-person primary. Hickenlooper and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney wielded the argument recently to grab attention they’ve desperately sought.

California Democrats booed both candidates earlier this month, when Hickenlooper told a convention of liberal activists that “socialism is not the answer” to beating Continue reading “Attention-seeking Bernie bashers unload on socialism”

Attention-seeking Bernie bashers unload on socialism


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Michael Bennet stood and applauded when President Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address “that America will never be a socialist country.” Seth Moulton has said a democratic socialist won’t win the White House in 2020.

On Thursday, John Hickenlooper went further: Democrats aren’t socialists, the former Colorado governor said at a speech in Washington, and Democratic candidates for president should stop embracing Bernie Sanders and his liberal policies if they want to oust President Donald Trump in 2020.

For weeks, bottom-dwelling centrists in the Democratic primary have decried socialism while largely avoiding directly attacking Sanders, the only self-described democratic socialist in the 24-person primary. Hickenlooper and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney wielded the argument recently to grab attention they’ve desperately sought.

California Democrats booed both candidates earlier this month, when Hickenlooper told a convention of liberal activists that “socialism is not the answer” to beating Continue reading “Attention-seeking Bernie bashers unload on socialism”

Warren leapfrogs Sanders in pair of 2020 polls


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Elizabeth Warren leaped ahead of Bernie Sanders into second place in a pair of Democratic presidential primary polls released Wednesday.

Warren has overtaken Sanders nationally, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll, which puts the Massachusetts senator ahead of her Vermont counterpart 16 percent to 12 percent. Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads all contenders with 26 percent support.

Warren also polls ahead of Sanders in Nevada, where Democrats will caucus next February after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Biden leads the first Monmouth poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers in Nevada with 36 percent support, followed by Warren at 19 percent and Sanders at 13 percent.

“Nevada’s highly unionized service sector workforce may be a good fit for Warren’s policy platform when you look at the Democratic electorates in the four early states,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. “However, she is Continue reading “Warren leapfrogs Sanders in pair of 2020 polls”

Sanders crashes Walmart meeting, blasts ‘starvation wages’


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Bernie Sanders showed up uninvited to a Walmart shareholders meeting Wednesday, blasting what he called the retail giant’s "starvation wages" and imploring it to pay people at least $15 an hour.

The Vermont senator briefly addressed Walmart leadership at its annual shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Ark. Sanders introduced a proposal to allow hourly employees to join the company’s board but used the remainder of his allotted three minutes to push for a “living” minimum wage.

“The issue that we are dealing with today is pretty simple,” Sanders said. “Walmart is the largest private employer in America and is owned by the Walton family, the wealthiest family in the United States, worth approximately $175 billion. And yet despite the incredible wealth of its owner, Walmart pays many of its employees starvation wages, wages that are so low that many of these employees are forced to rely on government programs like food Continue reading “Sanders crashes Walmart meeting, blasts ‘starvation wages’”

How Julián Castro would address ‘over-aggressive’ policing


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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro released his “People First” policing plan Monday morning, saying that "far too many lives have been tragically cut short at the hands of a broken police system."

Castro previewed the policy Saturday in San Francisco for MoveOn’s Big Ideas Forum, and he talked about policing in his January speech launching his campaign, lamenting at the time that “for far too many people of color, any interaction with the police can become fatal.”

How would it work?

Castro’s three-pronged plan focuses on ending “over-aggressive policing” and tackling racially discriminatory practices; holding officers accountable; and bridging the divide between law enforcement and their communities.

To change policing practices, Castro says he would:

• Establish national conduct standards for police officers and departments that receive federal funding

• Require pre-employment screenings to weed out applicants “who display bias, intolerance, or other behaviors or prejudices that may Continue reading “How Julián Castro would address ‘over-aggressive’ policing”

‘They don’t make ’em like Joe anymore’: Biden expands grip on congressional endorsements


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Former Vice President Joe Biden expanded his lead in congressional endorsements Thursday, landing the backing of second-term Rep. Al Lawson of Florida.

“They don’t make ‘em like Joe anymore,” Lawson said in a statement obtained by POLITICO. “We have an opportunity now to meet head on the greatest challenges of our time, and ensure our best days still lie ahead of us and that is why I am endorsing him to be the next president of the United States.”

Lawson said Biden “has a long history of doing what’s right and not what’s easy to advance the causes of America’s working families.”

Lawson is the latest in a string of Democrats to line up behind Biden in Florida, which will be a key battleground state in the 2020 presidential election.

He cited Biden’s “proven track record of bringing people together and delivering results” on issues ranging from Continue reading “‘They don’t make ’em like Joe anymore’: Biden expands grip on congressional endorsements”

Exclusive poll: Biden’s Iraq War vote could haunt him in Dem primary


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Joe Biden has more foreign policy experience than any other candidate in the sprawling 22-person Democratic primary field, but his 2002 vote in favor of the invasion of Iraq is already providing fodder to his rivals — and could pose problems with younger voters.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is using the former vice president and senator’s Iraq vote to draw a contrast between their congressional records, as the Vermont lawmaker repeatedly points out that he voted against the war.

Democrats view Biden’s terms in the Senate and White House as his greatest asset, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll out Wednesday. But his vote on Iraq could cost him support, the poll showed.

Seventy-three percent of Democratic respondents said Biden’s experience in the Senate and as President Barack Obama’s No. 2 makes them more likely to back him in the primary. But nearly 3 in 10 Democrats said they were Continue reading “Exclusive poll: Biden’s Iraq War vote could haunt him in Dem primary”

‘The epitome of privilege’: Booker supporters rail against Buttigieg mania


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One of the Democrats running for president is a youthful former Rhodes Scholar who speaks more than one language and cut his teeth as a two-term mayor. The other is Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg’s sparkling resume has been the subject of countless profiles, powering the South Bend mayor to the top tier of the 2020 field. Sen. Cory Booker, however, hasn’t received nearly as much attention and remains mired in the middle of the pack in recent polls.

The similarities between their credentials — and the disparity between how their campaigns have been covered on the campaign trail — are frustrating Booker allies who question whether the media is giving the New Jersey senator a fair shot.

“He’s at a disadvantage anytime he’s not treated on the same playing level as all the other candidates,” said South Carolina state Rep. John King, who has endorsed Booker. “There should be a campaign

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Buttigieg confronts his black voter problem


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ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Pete Buttigieg wants to have a conversation with African-American voters. But he can’t seem to reach them.

He scheduled a meet-and-greet Monday in Orangeburg — a city that is 76 percent black — but only a dozen or so people of color showed up in a crowd of more than 100. At a town hall the night before — held at a North Charleston high school where minority enrollment is 97 percent in a city that is roughly half-black — it was another overwhelmingly white audience.

The composition of his audiences is a familiar issue for Buttigieg, who’s surged in recent national and state polls but struggled to make inroads with one of the party’s most important constituencies.

Recent polling shows Buttigieg winning only 2 percent among African-Americans, so he needs to begin addressing the issue quickly to have any hope of contending for the Democratic Continue reading “Buttigieg confronts his black voter problem”

Cheat sheet: How John Hickenlooper would address the economy


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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a small businessman who opened brewpubs in Denver and across the Midwest, is unveiling his plan to boost the U.S. economy by embracing what he sees as the power of private industry.

“We can make the private sector into a stronger engine of opportunity and innovation, rather than having it continue as America’s favorite political piñata,” he will say Friday in a speech in New Hampshire.

How would it work?

Hickenlooper proposes raising the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour. He also wants to tackle college affordability by cutting the federal interest rate on all student loans to 2.5 percent. Additionally, he pledges to make community college free and “launch the biggest expansion of apprenticeships and training in American history.”

His proposal calls for creation of an “entrepreneurship tax credit” for small businesses and a “micro-enterprise tax credit” for businesses Continue reading “Cheat sheet: How John Hickenlooper would address the economy”

Trump bashes news ‘fakers’ as journos gather for D.C. gala


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President Donald Trump was exactly where he wanted to be Saturday night — far away from Washington and the gala of journalists who cover his administration.

As the media prepared to gather for an annual glitzy dinner that once brought together the media, the administration and Hollywood, Trump rallied thousands of supporters in Green Bay, Wis. And he wasted little time going after his favorite target — bashing the news media as “fakers” and calling his press secretary on stage to join him in the flogging.

“Fake news. They’re fake,” Trump said during a roughly 90-minute rally. “They are fake. They are fakers.” The crowd broke into a chant: “CNN sucks! CNN sucks”

“You know what sucks?” Trump asked? “Their ratings suck because people don’t believe them.”

Back in D.C., an unusually staid rendition of the White House Correspondents dinner was getting underway. Instead of Continue reading “Trump bashes news ‘fakers’ as journos gather for D.C. gala”

‘Sleepy’ or ‘Hyper’? Biden, Trump spar over age and energy


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Joe Biden is making Donald Trump feel young again — and he’s already riling up the president.

The 72-year-old president stopped short of saying Biden, 76, is too old to run. But on Friday, only a day after the former vice president jumped into the race, Trump suggested Biden’s candidacy was rejuvenating to him and his reelection bid.

“I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it,” the president told reporters. “I’m the youngest person — I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe. I don’t know about him. I don’t know.”

The comments, coming after Trump sent snarky tweets about Biden a day earlier, represented more sustained fire than Trump has typically trained on Democrats entering the race. The president has for months been more occupied with bemoaning special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the 2016 campaign. But it appears that

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Booker’s tax returns: Speaking fees and royalties drive income


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Sen. Cory Booker brought in nearly $3 million in public speaking fees and royalties over the past decade, according to tax documents his presidential campaign released Wednesday.

The New Jersey Democrat’s reported income in 2018 was $152,715. He paid $29,446 in taxes and donated $24,000 to charity that year.

Public speaking fees and royalties, however, account for the bulk of Booker’s income in eight of the past 10 years. Booker reported $2 million in public speaking fees from 2009 to 2014 and $987,077 in royalties from 2015 to 2017.

Booker’s campaign released 10 years of tax returns on Wednesday, making him the latest Democratic White House contender to do so. A couple of candidates got attention for their filings: Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tax returns show that he became a millionaire in 2016, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s tax returns drew scrutiny for a dearth of charitable giving.

Booker, for Continue reading “Booker’s tax returns: Speaking fees and royalties drive income”

Poll: Nearly 4-in-10 voters believe Trump’s campaign was spied on


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Nearly 4-in-10 voters believe Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was spied on during the 2016 election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they believe the Trump campaign was spied on, compared to 28 percent who said they don’t believe the president’s campaign was spied on. More than a third, 35 percent, said they don’t know or have no opinion about it.

The spying allegations — raised last week by Attorney General William Barr, who told lawmakers that he thought spying did occur on the president’s 2016 campaign — are largely viewed through a partisan lens. More than half of Republicans surveyed, 57 percent, said they believe the Trump campaign was spied on, while less than a quarter of Democrats, 24 percent, agreed.

While there’s no evidence that officials spied on the Trump campaign, the attorney general’s comments still made it into a majority Continue reading “Poll: Nearly 4-in-10 voters believe Trump’s campaign was spied on”

Bernie became a millionaire in 2016, records show


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Bernie Sanders made over $1 million in two of the past three years, according to filings the Sanders campaign made public Monday.

Sanders hit the millionaire milestone in 2016 and sustained it in 2017. But the independent Vermont senator’s total income fell to $566,000 last year.

After teasing an imminent release of 10 years of tax returns during a CNN town hall in late February, Sanders’ presidential campaign finally released the documents Monday.

The filings show Sanders and his wife, Jane, brought in nearly $1.2 million in 2017 and almost $1.1 million in 2016. Sanders and his wife paid $145,840 in taxes last year; $343,882 in 2017; and $372,368 in 2016.

The couple donated $10,600 to charity in 2016; $36,300 in 2017; and $18,950 in 2018. The campaign said its charitable giving last year doesn’t include proceeds from “The Speech,” a book Sanders wrote, because they were donated Continue reading “Bernie became a millionaire in 2016, records show”

Julián Castro raises $1.1 million in first quarter


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Julián Castro’s presidential campaign brought in $1.1 million in the first quarter of the year, the campaign announced Monday.

The fundraising sum puts Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and Obama Cabinet secretary, at the bottom of the pack of Democratic presidential candidates. Several candidates announced earlier this year that they raised over $1 million in the first 24 or 48 hours of their campaigns.

Castro launched an exploratory committee late last year before formally joining the race for the White House in January. His campaign said it has raised “roughly” $2 million from 50,000 unique donors since Castro formed an exploratory committee in mid-December. The average contribution was $32.

The campaign said it finished the quarter with $677,000 cash on hand.

Despite his low first-quarter haul — businessman Andrew Yang outraised Castro in the first quarter by more than half a million dollars — Castro’s campaign insists it Continue reading “Julián Castro raises $1.1 million in first quarter”

Castro trolls Trump with rival San Antonio rally


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Julián Castro hasn’t released his first-quarter fundraising numbers. He’s polling around 1 percent nationally and in early states. But he has a unique opportunity for a presidential primary breakout moment Wednesday, when he’ll hold a rally in his San Antonio hometown — the same day Donald Trump will be in Texas for fundraisers in Houston and San Antonio.

The split-screen moment worked wonders for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) in February, when he staged a counter-rally to Trump’s own MAGA rally in El Paso. Aside from the national media coverage of the dueling events, O’Rourke received a windfall of attention from Democrats for raising the president’s ire — Trump derided him as “a young man who’s got very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name.”

“Beto’s event in El Paso was certainly good for Beto — and he wasn’t even in the race yet — Continue reading “Castro trolls Trump with rival San Antonio rally”

Rust Belt congressman Tim Ryan announces campaign for president


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Rep. Tim Ryan is running for president, adding another Midwestern voice to a crowded, diverse field of Democratic presidential candidates.

The Ohio congressman said he’s seen the American dream “slip through the fingers of many Americans” over the past 20 years and blamed “failed leadership and broken promises” for destroying the middle class.

“When our local GM factory was shut down last Thanksgiving, I got a call from my daughter, who was consoling her friend, whose father was an auto worker and was just laid off,” Ryan wrote in a statement on his 2020 website. “My daughter said to me, with tears in her voice, ‘You have to do something.’ That’s why I am running for president. It’s time to do something.”

He highlighted manufacturing, health care, education and the plight of veterans as key issues his campaign will focus on.

“The devastating stress and anxiety that comes Continue reading “Rust Belt congressman Tim Ryan announces campaign for president”