2020 Elections

The latest coverage of the 2020 presidential, House and Senate elections

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    Buttigieg finds friends on Fox as he calls out ‘grotesque’ Trump attacks

    His remarks, at a Fox News town hall, emphasized his unorthodox approach to the 2020 campaign.


    South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg shrugged off insults President Donald Trump has lobbed at him over Twitter and in a recent interview, saying he just didn't care.

    The comments by Buttigieg came Sunday evening during a live town hall event in New Hampshire hosted by Fox News' Chris Wallace on his network. Earlier in the day the president tweeted that "Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in."

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  2. President Donald Trump took another swipe at Fox News on Sunday, saying ahead of its scheduled town hall with Pete Buttigieg that his favorite network was “wasting airtime” on the Democratic presidential candidate.

    “Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in.”

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  3. 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.

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  4. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, said Sunday she would not use the detention system for immigrants to the United States if elected president.

    "As president of the United States, I wouldn’t use the detention system at all," Gillibrand told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’ "Face the Nation."

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  5. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat running for her party's 2020 presidential nomination, on Sunday called a Daily Beast report that her campaign is being backed by prominent Russian sympathizers "fake news."

    Speaking to ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week," the Hawaii congresswoman said, "You know, it’s unfortunate that you’re citing that article, George, because it’s a whole lot of fake news.

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    O'Rourke stocks campaign with Obama and Clinton alums

    Two new hires show he's trying to run a more buttoned-down operation than his improvisational Senate bid.

    Beto O’Rourke is adding a pair of seasoned strategists to his campaign, injecting a measure of establishment credibility that was lacking in his improvisational Senate bid against Ted Cruz last year.

    Lauren Brainerd, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s field director in 2018, has been hired as national organizing director. And Lise Clavel, who worked in former Vice President Joe Biden’s office as director of public engagement and for Barack Obama's 2012 reelection, has been named states director, campaign sources told POLITICO.

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    Biden flips between ‘unity’ and anti-Trump message at Philly kickoff

    The former vice president’s 2020 launch in Philadelphia, where he is opening his campaign HQ, highlighted ties to the state where he was born — and a state critical to the general election.


    PHILADELPHIA — Joe Biden is betting on Pennsylvania to take down President Donald Trump.

    The former vice president was born in Scranton, earned the nickname of “Pennsylvania’s third senator” while serving in the Senate, and will base his campaign headquarters in Philadelphia.

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    Behind America’s exit poll schism

    Competing exit polls may leave the public with conflicting signals in the final hours of the 2020 election.


    TORONTO — The demand for exit-poll data has always outweighed exit polls' predictive accuracy.

    The network-sponsored, election night exit polls serve two purposes: guiding the news media as it covers national elections in real time and serving as a standing record of the composition of the electorate and what it thought about the candidates and issues.

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    New abortion laws set battle lines for 2020

    The state abortion ban passed in Alabama and other measures in GOP-controlled states have put abortion on the front burner of 2020 issues.

    A slew of new state laws effectively outlawing abortion has put the issue front and center in the 2020 elections, with abortion-rights groups hoping the threat galvanizes complacent liberal voters who weren’t moved by the issue in past campaigns.

    An Alabama law signed last week that would ban almost all abortions, with no exemptions for victims of rape or incest, is already reverberating in the battle for control of Congress. Democratic lawmakers and abortion-rights groups say they’re seeing a surge of energy in reaction to the news, and they’re working to hammer the message that Republicans could do away with a woman’s right to end her pregnancy.

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  10. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signaled support for former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld over President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

    Scott, during his weekly news conference Thursday, was asked whether he would prefer Weld, the only declared Republican primary challenger to Trump, over the incumbent president.

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  11. Rep. Cedric Richmond is looking to play a formal role in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, possibly even as a campaign co-chair, according to Democratic sources.

    The 45-year-old Louisiana Democrat is already acting as an unofficial liaison to the Biden campaign for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. He urged Biden to run as far back as 2016, and he quickly endorsed the former vice president’s campaign for the White House once Biden made it official in late April.

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  12. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday unveiled a series of steps to defend abortion rights and reproductive health care, citing strict new curbs on abortion recently imposed in states including Alabama. The plan relies heavily on Congress to pass laws that protect access to reproductive health services, including policies blocking states from interfering a health provider's ability to give care.

    What would the plan do?

    Warren would call on Congress to pass laws enshrining the right to an abortion that would preempt any state attempt to ban the procedure or impose onerous regulations on abortion providers. She would also push for the repeal of the Hyde amendment, a long-time prohibition on federal funding for abortion and sign executive orders rolling back recent Trump administration moves aimed at cutting Planned Parenthood out of the Title X family planning program.

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    Trump asking farmers to make ‘patriotic’ sacrifices in his trade war

    The president is issuing a rare political call for American workers to take on pain in the name of a greater good.

    President Donald Trump and his allies are appealing to nationalism in the trade war with China, calling on Americans to make “patriotic” sacrifices in language reminiscent of national crises and even wars.

    Under the “Make America Great Again” banner, Trump has sought to make patriotism cool again — and as he extends his showdown with Beijing, he is targeting the message to the farmers who bear much of the burden of Chinese tariffs.

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    New Yorkers mock Bill de Blasio for White House run

    De Blasio has earned a reputation as a leader prone to high-flown, exaggerated rhetoric, and one that seeks to circumvent the local press.

    NEW YORK — New York City may not have a reputation as the friendliest town, but news that Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for president was met with particular derision.

    "Me doing stand-up is like Bill de Blasio running for president,” said Tina Fey this week at a Comedy vs. Cancer charity event in Manhattan, according to someone who attended. “Except I would figure it out because I'm not the worst.”

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    Trump’s new immigration plan may be DOA — but it’s really about 2020

    The president rolled out a new proposal that seems aimed at casting his hard-line immigration stance in a more pragmatic light for swing voters.

    President Donald Trump knows the new immigration plan he unveiled Thursday is probably dead on arrival — but that isn’t the point.

    Instead of trying to push it through Congress, Trump is already treating the plan less like a legislative blueprint and more as a campaign document as he readies for his tough 2020 re-election fight.

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    2020 candidates rake in book royalties

    Kamala Harris earned more than half a million dollars in advances for her political memoir and a children's version.

    Most of the Democrats running for president first laid out their life stories and their visions for the country in books introducing them to voters — and in some cases, making them quite a bit of money.

    The latest example is Kamala Harris, whose political memoir, “The Truths We Hold,” came with a significant paycheck: a $446,875 advance for the book and an additional $49,900 for a young reader’s edition, according to new financial information disclosed by Harris this week.

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    Buttigieg says he’s not peaking too soon


    CHICAGO — Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Ind., mayor who has surged into prominence in the Democratic presidential primary, insisted Thursday that he wasn’t in danger of peaking too soon.

    “It's not like we're in first place,” he told reporters after addressing businesspeople and local politicians at a City Club of Chicago event. “While I'm thrilled with the fact that we are obviously running ahead of a lot of our competitors — we’ve gotten a lot of favorable attention, and our organization is growing more and more strong in terms of recruiting and finance — it doesn't take away from the fact that this is a long run. This is a marathon. We have a long way to go.

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    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio enters crowded Democratic 2020 field


    NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who defeated his opponents in 2013 by emphasizing income inequality, is hoping for a similar come-from-behind victory as he enters the crowded Democratic field for president.

    De Blasio announced his candidacy through an online video Thursday morning, followed by an anticipated live appearance on Good Morning America in Times Square alongside his wife, Chirlane McCray.

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  19. Sen. Cory Booker's deputy presidential campaign manager announced on Twitter on Wednesday night that she donated to the campaign of 2020 candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, urging others to do the same to ensure Gillibrand qualifies for next month's Democratic primary debate.

    "I just donated to ensure @SenGillibrand’s important perspective is on the debate stage. Join me!" Jenna Lowenstein, Booker's deputy campaign manager, wrote on Twitter.

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