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    Only person with a sensible foreign policy is Sanders. Or else the Saudi-Israel-USA funded wars will continue, and millions will continue to suffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgic View Post
    Sanders and Warren are splitting the progressive vote as things stand. It looks unlikely that they will emerge as the two front runners, because the establishment types will coalesce around one candidate at some point, most probably Biden. The progressives need to do likewise: flip a coin or something and have one of them throw in their lot with the other. I would prefer Sanders, since he’s more likely to attract disgruntled, traditionally Democratic voters back into the fold.
    Yeah, with the way things are going now, it'll be one of Warren or Bernie vs Biden. Bernie is definitely the far better candidate, but don't see Warren dropping out before super Tuesday.

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    Biden would lose to Trump.

    The Democrats need to back Sanders.

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    I'm amused by the attacks by some Sanders supporters online portraying Warren, who's now pulling ahead in the polls, as some establishment sellout and closet neoliberal.

    This is someone who's devoted her career to tackling the abuses and practices of Wall Street and predatory lenders. She pushed for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is loathed by the financial elites for daring to hold them accountable for their corruption.

    Of course in a primary battle lines will be drawn and there SHOULD be a robust debate. No candidate is above scrutiny. There IS a distinction between Warren and Sanders who come from two different progressive traditions (Social Democracy vs Democratic Socialism), and primary voters must make a choice.

    However this inability by some parts of the Sanders fanbase to accept there's more than one candidate who can take on the progressive mantra is obnoxious. I love Bernie for the record and his foreign policy agenda is better than Warren's (whose foreign policy plank is nowhere as detailed as her domestic agenda). But this notion that only Sanders can be the true torchbearer of progressivism is insulting and counterproductive if you want to achieve progressive goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    I'm amused by the attacks by some Sanders supporters online portraying Warren, who's now pulling ahead in the polls, as some establishment sellout and closet neoliberal.

    This is someone who's devoted her career to tackling the abuses and practices of Wall Street and predatory lenders. She pushed for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is loathed by the financial elites for daring to hold them accountable for their corruption.

    Of course in a primary battle lines will be drawn and there SHOULD be a robust debate. No candidate is above scrutiny. There IS a distinction between Warren and Sanders who come from two different progressive traditions (Social Democracy vs Democratic Socialism), and primary voters must make a choice.

    However this inability by some parts of the Sanders fanbase to accept there's more than one candidate who can take on the progressive mantra is obnoxious. I love Bernie for the record and his foreign policy agenda is better than Warren's (whose foreign policy plank is nowhere as detailed as her domestic agenda). But this notion that only Sanders can be the true torchbearer of progressivism is insulting and counterproductive if you want to achieve progressive goals.
    Warren has come out and said she believes in free markets which % of Bernie fans don’t want to hear.

    They are both Liberals though and I rather have a strong America which means Warren is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Warren has come out and said she believes in free markets which % of Bernie fans don’t want to hear.

    They are both Liberals though and I rather have a strong America which means Warren is better.
    So you want American foreign wars to continue, and hence millions misplaced or killed. Cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SensiblePakFan View Post
    So you want American foreign wars to continue, and hence millions misplaced or killed. Cool.
    So this is how Bernie fans talk its either him or wars? What has free markets and strong America got to do with Wars? Are you saying a country is strong only if wages Wars?


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    It will probably be Biden vs Trump.

    I think Biden can beat Trump if Democrat voters stick together and find a common ground.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    It will probably be Biden vs Trump.

    I think Biden can beat Trump if Democrat voters stick together and find a common ground.
    Hillary 2.0 aint gonna win. Wake up

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    Quote Originally Posted by SensiblePakFan View Post
    Hillary 2.0 aint gonna win. Wake up
    I want Sanders to get the nomination but I think that's not going to happen.

    Biden is a dodgy individual but any candidate is better than Trump.

    Based on recent polls, Biden is likely to get the nomination.


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    National polls are meaningless, it's all about the first few rounds.

    If Bernie can keep his lead in Nevada and California , and pull off Iowa and New Hampshire, then he'll probably win the nomination. Bernie has the advantage of having a few big favourable states at the start, so we absolutely can't say he's out of it yet.

    Biden is Hillary 2.0, and will be destroyed by Trump, while Warren struggles to attract Bernie's lower class and young base, as well as African Americans (Biden strong here) and Latinos (Bernie strong here) .

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    Things don’t look good for Bernie, health wise.


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    Democratic White House front-runner Elizabeth Warren has found herself under fierce attack from her rivals in a live television debate.

    Contenders accused the Massachusetts senator of dodging a question on whether she would raise taxes.

    Twelve White House hopefuls squared off in the primetime forum, with two other front-runners also under pressure.

    Joe Biden has been battling Republican personal attacks, while Bernie Sanders is recovering from a heart attack.

    Tuesday night's debate, hosted by CNN and the New York Times, in the electoral battleground state of Ohio was the most crowded so far in the Democratic race.

    Also on stage were South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Senator Kamala Harris, New York entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Obama housing secretary Julian Castro, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.

    Languishing on single digits in the opinion polls, they strived to make a splash with time running out.

    The Democratic White House race officially begins with the Iowa caucuses on 3 February.

    The pack will be whittled down in state-by-state votes until a final candidate is crowned at the party convention next July, before he or she takes on President Donald Trump, a Republican, in the November 2020 election.

    How did Warren find herself under attack?
    Ms Warren was always expected to find a bullseye on her back on Tuesday night after accelerating to the tip of the field in the past two months.

    Both Mr Sanders, a Vermont senator, and Ms Warren, a Massachusetts senator, favour an NHS-style system of free healthcare for Americans.

    But unlike Mr Sanders, Ms Warren has repeatedly avoided stating explicitly whether her version of "Medicare for All" would raise taxes on working families.

    She was pressed on the issue by debate moderators and replied that she would not sign any bill that raises costs on the middle class.

    Standing beside Ms Warren, Mr Buttigieg rounded on her, saying: "You heard it tonight, a yes or no question that didn't get a yes or no answer.

    "This is why people here in the Midwest are so frustrated with Washington in general and Capitol Hill in particular.

    "Your signature, senator, is to have a plan for everything except this - no plan has been laid out to explain how a multi-trillion dollar hole in this Medicare for All plan that Senator Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in."

    Even Ms Warren's progressive ally Mr Sanders took a veiled jab, saying: "I do think it is appropriate to acknowledge that taxes will go up."

    Ms Klobuchar pounced: "At least Bernie's being honest here and saying how he's going to pay for this and taxes are going to go up.

    "And I am sorry, Elizabeth, but you have not said that, and I think we owe it to the American people to tell them where we are going to send the invoice."

    Mr Biden took a pop at both Ms Warren and Mr Sanders.

    "Both are being vague on the issue of Medicare for All," he said. "Now look, here's the deal, come on, it costs 30 trillion dollars!"

    Ms Klobuchar renewed her attack on Ms Warren over her proposed wealth tax to target income inequality.

    "I want give a reality check here to Elizabeth," said the Minnesotan, adding that "your idea is not the only idea".

    Ms Warren counter-punched: "I think as Democrats we are going to succeed when we dream big and fight hard, not when we dream small and quit before we get started."

    Ms Harris repeatedly challenged Ms Warren to back her call for Twitter to delete Mr Trump's account for incendiary tweets.

    Ms Warren replied: "I don't just wanna push Donald Trump off Twitter, I want to push him out of the White House."

    Talking over her, Ms Harris said: "Then join me in saying his Twitter account should be shut down. No?"

    What did the candidates say about impeachment?
    It was the first debate since congressional Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Mr Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

    The first question of the night was about the congressional investigation that could attempt to remove the president from office.

    In a show of unity, all candidates voiced support for the inquiry, railing against Mr Trump's "criminality" and "corruption".

    What about the Hunter Biden story?
    Mr Biden was asked about Mr Trump's unsubstantiated claims that the former US vice-president improperly tried to aid his son Hunter Biden's business interests in Ukraine.

    "My son did nothing wrong," replied Mr Biden, who is trying to steady his campaign after seeing his once commanding lead in opinion polls erode. "I did nothing wrong."

    "He [Mr Trump] doesn't want me to be the candidate. He's going after me because he knows that if I get the nomination I will beat him like a drum."

    He was pressed by the debate moderator on whether he made a mistake while he was the Obama administration's point man on Ukraine by allowing his son to serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

    Mr Biden replied: "I never discussed a single thing with my son about anything having to do with Ukraine, no one has indicated I have. We've always kept everything separate."

    His Democratic rivals refrained from attacking Mr Biden on the issue.

    How did age come up?
    Mr Sanders was closely watched in the three-hour debate for signs of flagging stamina after suffering a heart attack earlier this month.

    The oldest contender at 78, Mr Sanders has dropped into third place in the polls.

    "I'm healthy," the self-described democratic socialist told a moderator who questioned his fitness. "I'm feeling great."

    In a touching gesture, he added: "Let me take this moment, if I might, to thank so many people from all over this country, including so many of my colleagues up here for their love, for their prayers, for their well wishes.

    "And I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I'm so happy to be back here with you this evening."

    Mr Biden was also asked by the moderators about his age - he would turn 80 during his first term as US president.

    "One of the reasons I am running is because of my age and my experience," he replied. "With it comes wisdom.

    "We need someone to take office this time around who on day one can stand on the world stage, command the respect of world leaders from Putin to our allies."

    His reply will be interpreted as an implicit put-down of his younger challengers such as Mr Buttigieg, 37, Mr Yang, 44, and Mr Castro, 45.

    How did the candidates clash on Syria?
    Democratic divisions between the hawkish and dovish wings of the party were once again on display.

    In a comment that will likely elicit further scrutiny, Ms Warren said: "I think we ought to get out of the Middle East."

    Ms Gabbard, often described as an isolationist, said: "Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hands, but so do other politicians on both sides who have supported this regime-change war."

    The Hawaii congresswoman also blamed the "mainstream media" for being pro-war.

    Mr Biden hit back: "That has not been the policy, to change the [Syrian] regime - it's been to make sure the regime did not wipe out hundreds of thousands of innocent people!"

    Mr Buttigieg also attacked Ms Gabbard, calling her "dead wrong".

    He added: "When we think our only choices are between endless war or total isolation the consequence is the disappearance of US leadership from the world stage."

    Mr Sanders later attacked Mr Biden for his congressional 2002 vote to approve the "disastrous war in Iraq".

    While the candidates disagreed on US intervention overseas, they united in pillorying Mr Trump's policy on Syria.

    Ms Harris said the president has "basically given 10,000 ISIS fighters a get-out-of-jail free card."

    She added: "That's why 'dude gotta go' and when I am commander-in-chief we will stop this madness."

    How did the candidates spar on gun control?
    In one of the sharpest exchanges of the night, Mr Buttigieg and Mr O'Rourke clashed over US firearms deaths.

    Mr O'Rourke was challenged on his plan to remove assault-style weapons from private ownership under a so-called mandatory gun buyback.

    A debate moderator pressed Mr O'Rourke: "Exactly how are you going to take away weapons from people who do not want to give them up and you don't know where they are?"

    Mr O'Rourke replied: "The expectation is that Americans will follow the law. I believe in this country, I believe in my fellow Americans, I believe they will do the right thing.

    Mr Buttigieg said to Mr O'Rourke: "Look, congressman, you just made it clear you don't know how this is actually going to take weapons off the streets."

    Mr O'Rourke implied that Mr Buttigieg was being "limited by the polls and the consultants and the focus groups".

    Mr Buttigieg, a military veteran, hit back: "I don't need lessons from you on courage, political or personal."

    Mr O'Rourke countered that it was "slap in the face" to victims of gun violence when Mr Buttigieg disparaged Mr O'Rourke's policy as "a shiny object".
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    Bernie is back, with a vengeance.
    Endorsement of 3 senators.

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    Saw the Moody's analytics on the elections. Cannot help but think that the Democratic candidates are doing this for nothing and have pretty much no chance.

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    Interestingly, Warren's 3 grandkids are Indian-American, and Trump of course is rather well disposed towards India. It's either going to be Trump or Warren in 2020, and India is well positioned either way.

    The most anti India candidate is Bernie, but at this point his probability of winning is less than 10% according to the election markets.

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    Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Russia is "grooming" a female Democrat in the 2020 White House race.

    She said the Kremlin wanted the contender to run as a third-party candidate to divide liberal voters and help re-elect Donald Trump.

    Mrs Clinton did not name the candidate, but she is believed to be referring to Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

    Ms Gabbard called Mrs Clinton's allegation "cowardly".

    In an interview with former Obama adviser David Plouffe's podcast, Campaign HQ, Mrs Clinton, herself a Democrat, said the Russians have "got their eye on somebody who's currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third party candidate".

    "She's the favourite of the Russians," Mrs Clinton said, without naming her in the podcast that aired on Wednesday. "They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far."

    Ms Gabbard hit back accusing "queen of the warmongers" Mrs Clinton of orchestrating a campaign to "destroy my reputation".

    She challenged the former secretary of state to join the White House race and not "hide behind your proxies".

    Skip Twitter post by @TulsiGabbardEnd of Twitter post by @TulsiGabbard
    Ms Gabbard is a military veteran and anti-war candidate who has called on the US to stop acting as the world's policeman.

    In a live TV debate with 11 other Democratic contenders on Tuesday, she said US media suggestions that she is a Russian asset were "completely despicable".

    Ms Gabbard has previously ruled out an independent campaign.

    In the podcast, Mrs Clinton also accused 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein by name of effectively being a traitor.

    She raised the possibility that Ms Stein could run again as a third-party candidate "because she's also a Russian asset".

    "Yes, she's a Russian asset, I mean, totally," added Mrs Clinton. "They know they can't win without a third-party candidate."

    On Friday, Ms Stein hit back at Mrs Clinton's "rant", calling it a "crack down on dissent".

    Ms Stein's 2016 presidential election campaign garnered almost 1.5 million votes (1% of the national vote).

    The number of ballots cast for Ms Stein in three states that turned out to be critical to the overall result - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - did exceed Mr Trump's margin of victory over Mrs Clinton.

    However, there is debate over whether Ms Stein did in fact help elect Mr Trump since exit poll data suggests not all Stein voters would have picked Mrs Clinton as a second choice, or even voted at all.

    Documents from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian investigation show that Russian nationals and corporations worked to boost Ms Stein's campaign in an effort to draw votes away from Mrs Clinton.

    The long list of who Hillary Clinton blames
    In 2018, Ms Stein acknowledged potential Russian interference in the US election, but said the US also meddled overseas.

    "Interference is wrong and it's an assault against democracy, and it should be pursued," she said to CNN.

    "But [the United States] should pursue it knowing that we do it, too."

    Ralph Nader's Green Party candidacy in the 2000 White House election is often blamed or credited with helping George W Bush, a Republican, win the state of Florida, and thereby the US presidency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    National polls are meaningless, it's all about the first few rounds.

    If Bernie can keep his lead in Nevada and California , and pull off Iowa and New Hampshire, then he'll probably win the nomination. Bernie has the advantage of having a few big favourable states at the start, so we absolutely can't say he's out of it yet.

    Biden is Hillary 2.0, and will be destroyed by Trump, while Warren struggles to attract Bernie's lower class and young base, as well as African Americans (Biden strong here) and Latinos (Bernie strong here) .
    This sums up the situation pretty well.

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    Clinton has come out and directly accused Gabbard of being a Russian plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    Things don’t look good for Bernie, health wise.

    He seems even more energetic after he got his stints.


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    Hillary and her supporters attacking Tulsi for being a "Russian agent" (which really isn't true), but very few are talking about her more obvious connections to Hindutva groups and BJP.


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    Hillary is just a nutter at this point. Seems like her electoral mauling from Trump of all people has sent her over the edge, and she probably won’t be coming back. Half surprised that she hasn’t entered herself into the race for the nomination. I think we all need an ignore button for Hillary.

    As for Bernie, surely he has to drop out of the race? If he gets the nomination, Trump’s flunkies will be all over his health problems like a cheap suit. And thinking longer term, old age and heart problems do not mix well at all with high-strain jobs. Sorry to say it, but if Bernie pushes on, then all sorts of chancers will be queuing up to be his running mate and Vice President....

    I’m now backing Pocahontas Warren. She could actually beat Trump.

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    A Democratic frontrunner in the 2020 US election, Joe Biden, has launched a bid to rally Hispanic voters - only to see it hijacked by President Trump's team.

    On Wednesday the Biden campaign took to Twitter to announce its "Todos Con Biden" (Everyone with Biden) drive.

    The Trump camp immediately bought the domain name www.todosconbiden.com.

    The page now features a picture of a downbeat-looking Joe Biden with the text - both in Spanish and English: "Oops, Joe forgot about Latinos."

    A prominent link redirects viewers to the "Latinos for Trump" site.

    In response, the Biden campaign issued a statement saying: "It is no surprise that Trump's Campaign would resort to childish antics like this to take attention away from this President's appalling record of separating families and using immigrants as scapegoats."

    Former Vice-President Joe Biden is among 15 Democrats seeking the party's nomination for the presidential election.

    He is regarded as one of the top contenders, along with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

    A record 32 million Latino people are expected to cast their ballots next year.

    Many Democrats are highlighting President Trump's controversial anti-immigration policies, as well as social issues like health care, in an effort to woo Hispanic voters.
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    The campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination appears to have opened up, with 100 days to go before the Iowa caucuses kick off voting. There are new opportunities for some second-tier candidates – especially South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

    Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar used this month’s televised debate to hone their appeal to the moderate wing of the Democratic Party – directly by attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s liberal policy proposals (especially “Medicare-for-all”) and implicitly by being younger than former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Going into the debate, the emerging conventional wisdom appeared to be that – for all the energy of over 20 starting candidates – the race was quickly turning into a two-person contest between Warren and Biden.

    Warren was running a pitch-perfect effort and consolidating the support of the liberal wing of the party, which seeks fundamental change in the U.S. economic system.

    Biden was riding a tide of polling that suggested he would be the strongest general election candidate. He was appealing to a party electorate whose anger at President Trump motivates many of them to care primarily about who has the best chance of achieving their top objective: defeating Trump.

    But now folks are realizing the historical truism of the nominating process: It starts in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – and results there can often depart from national polling and have an impact on subsequent contests.

    The first three contests rely more on in-state retail politics than on national support, and the one-state nature of each contest enables more-focused media campaigns.

    The truism comes out in the polling. In the RealClear Politics averages, Buttigieg currently garners roughly twice as much support in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does nationally.

    By contrast, Biden does slightly worse in those states than he’s doing nationally, while the other two leading candidates – Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – run basically in line with their national performance.

    The most recent USA Today Poll showed the leading “candidate” – at 29 percent – is “Undecided,” scoring over 10 points ahead of supposed front-runners Biden and Warren.

    Other lower-tier candidates may also benefit from the one-state focus of the first three contests.

    Klobuchar, from neighboring Minnesota, is mounting a full-court press in Iowa, vowing to visit all 99 counties. She is shuttling between there and New Hampshire.

    But it’s not just Midwestern moderates Buttigieg and Klobuchar who are making strong bids in the early states.

    Even novelty candidates – like Andrew Yang, who cleverly uses social media to lead his #YangGang, and self-funding billionaire Tom Steyer – are able to make a push in the smaller early states.

    Steyer, though he has yet to articulate a real rationale for his candidacy, is funding enormous media buys in the early states – and as a result is registering 2 or 3 percent in polling there, while barely garnering 1 percent support nationally.

    But in a wide-open, in-state race, it is even possible that some of the third-tier, but more traditional candidates – such as Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Michael Bennet of Colorado, or Montana Gov. Steve Bullock – might figure out a way to break through or reanimate their fading campaigns.

    Still, the three currently leading candidates – Biden, Warren and Sanders – retain the best chance of winning the nomination, even though the race has opened up, and they’re facing clear headwinds.

    Warren has run into challenges from two sources. She’d been hoping that Sanders – currently third and, since May, consistently running at around 16 percent in national polls – would fade and enable her to consolidate the support of the left wing of the party, but that hasn’t happened.

    Despite recent punditry saying Sanders was losing ground, he reported raising the most money of any candidate in the last reporting period, put in a solid debate performance not long after a heart attack, and won the support of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

    The endorsements may not affect the bulk of the Democratic electorate, but show that Sanders still has a solid appeal to a significant segment of the left-wing of the Democratic Party.

    While Warren can turn that lemon into lemonade by saying she’s more moderate than Republicans like to portray her, she ran into other challenges in the debate. She wasn’t able to articulate a good response to questions about whether “Medicare-for-all” will result in higher taxes.

    Face it: “Medicare-for-all” will require tax increases, but one can argue that middle-class Americans will pay less with government-funded health insurance than they pay today separately in both taxes and for private health insurance premiums.

    Similarly, Biden has run into headwinds despite a political environment that appears tailor-made for him. With an impeachment inquiry surrounding claims that President Trump sought to extort Ukraine to provide dirt against Biden, it ought to be easy for Biden to make the case that he’s the Democrat Trump fears the most.

    It also ought to be easy for Biden to inoculate himself against questions of whether he helped his son get a high-paid position on the board of a Ukrainian company, but it hasn’t been. Instead, Biden seems to have trouble getting those questions behind him. Every time I watch Biden, I think: Presidents Reagan, Clinton, or Bush would’ve had enough political jiu-jitsu to turn this Ukraine story into a winner. Why can’t you?

    My sense is that the troubles for Warren and Biden are not over. If the two continue to face challenges in consolidating their separate wings of the party, other candidates may soon claim their place in the spotlight, and could catapult themselves into a leading position.

    Indeed, there are calls, especially from donors and uncommitted consultants, for others to join the race.

    These new candidates include: former first lady Michelle Obama, who evinces zero interest in running; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has said he might consider running if Biden falters; and presumably former senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

    Even one of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s top aides has publicly said that Clinton should think about entering the race.

    My own bet is that Clinton, in particular, is unlikely to run, but quite clearly is enjoying her role on Twitter as an ongoing Trump troll, giving her personal vindication.

    Bottom line: the most important numbers to watch will be the polling emerging from the three early states. Those will indicate how the race is evolving.

    The polling numbers – which span both before and after the most recent debate – show why one should look primarily at the results of the early states, rather than try to just use national numbers to consider how the nomination contest is shaping up.
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    It seems like Biden is collapsing, Buttigeg has been making gains. I have a feeling he'll replace, or come close to replacing, Biden as the centrist candidate.

    Bernie is also on a bit of a surge since his good debate showing, and AOC and Ilhan Omar endorsing him in front of a crowd of 30,000 in New York.

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    Joe Biden said President Donald Trump is “an idiot” for calling Russia’s election interference a “hoax,” and says it’s clear the president and the Russians are aligned in wanting to keep the former vice president from winning in 2020.

    "The Russians don't want me to be president and Trump doesn't want me to be the nominee," he said in a new interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday. "Trump not only doesn't want to do anything about it he's going out and asking for help."

    As to Trump's insistence that Russian election interference— something the U.S. intelligence community, America's allies abroad, and Congress agree is real— is a hoax, Biden said that Trump is, "an idiot— in terms of saying that. Everybody knows this. Everybody knows it. Nobody doubts it."

    Biden also said Trump has "no integrity" when he targets the former vice president's family on the campaign trail.

    "I've never discussed my business or their business, my son's or daughter's. And I've never discussed them because they know where I have to do my job and that's it and they have to make their own judgments," he said. "He's a grown man. And it turns out he did not do a single thing wrong, as everybody's investigated."

    Downplaying his campaign’s cash woes, Biden said he believes he is still the frontrunner for the Democratic Party nomination.

    "I know I'm the frontrunner. Find me a national poll with a notable, a couple exceptions. But look, this is a marathon,” he said. “I'm not worried about being able to fund this campaign. I really am not, truly."

    He also again targeted his 2020 rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., over her healthcare and tax plans. Warren, who has risen in the polls in recent weeks, took repeated blows during the last Democratic debate when she refused to say whether she would raise taxes to pay fun "Medicare For All.

    "I want more young people engaged. I want them voting," he said. "But the idea that this is the way in which it's going to change is— by just making the most far reaching assertions you can make, I mean, let's talk about Medicare For All. Do you think there's been any truth in advertising on that It's going to raise taxes on middle class people, not just wealthy people?” he said. “Even Bernie acknowledges you got to raise taxes."

    Asked about his performance in debates and on the trail, Biden acknowledged a "learning curve" while criticizing the format. His wife, who joined for part of the interview, also defended her husband and said she had no concern about his ability to serve as president.

    "I don’t worry about the gaffes. And, you know what, the American people know who Joe Biden is,” she said. “I mean, if he misspeaks one word, they don't— that doesn't affect the way they're going to vote, one way or the other."
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    US Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke has announced he is ending his campaign.

    The former Texas congressman tweeted: "Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively.

    "In that spirit: I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee."

    Mr O'Rourke, 47, ran for president in March after losing his 2018 bid to oust Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

    In that Senate race, he did better than any Democrat had in Texas for decades, running a campaign that invigorated the party nationwide and drew comparisons with former President Barack Obama.

    His passionate delivery along with his good looks and background as a skateboarder and a punk rocker endeared him to liberals across the country.

    But Mr O'Rourke struggled to carry that energy into a White House race crowded with more than 20 Democratic candidates.

    On Friday he said his campaign did not have "the means to move forward successfully".

    What did Mr O'Rourke say?
    Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Mr O'Rourke thanked his supporters, many of whom were clearly disappointed.

    "How proud I am to be with you," he said.

    Mr O'Rourke vowed to support the Democratic nominee who will challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 race for the White House.

    "We're right in the middle of this fight," he said.

    In a blog post announcing the end of his presidency, he wrote: "We confronted institutional, systemic racism and called out Donald Trump for his white supremacy and the violence that he's encouraged against communities that don't look like, pray like or love like the majority in this country."

    Mr O'Rourke was highly critical of the president after a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, in August, describing the bloodshed as a "consequence" of Mr Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric.

    What went wrong?
    As the initial buzz over his campaign began to subside, Mr O'Rourke tried to reboot his candidacy.

    He began to focus on gun control, and vowed to remove assault-style weapons from private ownership, saying in one televised debate: "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15s."

    But he could not catch up with front-runners like former Vice-President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

    Mr O'Rourke also found himself leap-frogged by another young, charismatic candidate - 37-year-old Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

    In the latest opinion poll by New York Times/Siena College on Friday, Mr O'Rourke drew the support of just 1% of voters in the crucial early-voting state of Iowa.

    Mr O'Rourke had been urged by donors to drop out of the presidential race and run against Texas Senator John Cornyn, who is up for re-election next year. But the O'Rourke camp reiterated in a statement on Friday night that he did not plan on standing for the Senate again.

    Mr O'Rourke is not the only once-promising Democratic candidate who is struggling - California Senator Kamala Harris this week scaled back her campaign, firing some staffers and shuttering offices in another key, early voting state, New Hampshire.
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    US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has offered details on funding for her healthcare plan, which is expected to cost the federal government $20.5tn (£15.8tn) over 10 years.

    She said "Medicare for All" would not raise taxes "one penny" for ordinary Americans, but would largely be paid for by businesses and the wealthy.

    Ms Warren is a Democratic front-runner in the 2020 race to the White House.

    But she has faced criticism over lack of detail about her Medicare plan.

    What does her plan say?
    Ms Warren, who moved clear of her key rival Joe Biden in a poll in the early-voting state of Iowa on Friday, said her plan would not spend "any more money overall than we spend now". But she said the share spent by the federal government would increase to $20.5tn.

    Her plan would mandate that employers pay the government the same amount that they currently contribute for private health insurance for their staff.

    According to her campaign, the current US health system will cost $52tn over the next decade. Economists have estimated the cost of Medicare for All at $13.5tn to $34tn in the same timeframe.

    "The $11tn in household insurance and out-of-pocket expenses projected under our current system goes right back into the pockets of America's working people," her plan states.

    "And we make up the difference with targeted spending cuts, new taxes on giant corporations and the richest 1% of Americans, and by cracking down on tax evasion and fraud. Not one penny in middle-class tax increases."

    Ms Warren said she would:

    raise her previously proposed wealth tax on billionaires from 3% to 6%
    increase corporate taxes
    tax transactions such as stock trades
    raise revenue through immigration reform - by turning undocumented migrants into legal, taxpaying workers
    "Healthcare in America is world-class," the Massachusetts senator wrote in her proposal. "Medicare for All isn't about changing any of that. It's about fixing what is broken - how we pay for that care."

    What is 'Medicare for All'?
    First proposed by Ms Warren's fellow liberal senator, Bernie Sanders, it is a measure to expand the federally run health programme for the elderly and disabled, Medicare, into a single-payer health system.

    The federal government would become the sole insurance provider for all essential and preventative healthcare.

    Under Ms Warren's plan, the private health insurance that more than half of Americans now receive through their employers would be replaced by free federal medical coverage for everyone.

    According to her campaign, the array of often puzzling medical bills currently faced by US patients - such as premiums, deductibles, co-pays and other out-of-pocket expenses - would be abolished.

    Several more moderate Democratic candidates - including another front-runner, Joe Biden - favour adding the option of government-run medical insurance for all Americans while allowing those who wish to to keep their private medical coverage.

    It is not a universal healthcare system under which the government would own and operate hospitals - instead, the government would pay private providers an agreed-upon rate for their services.

    Unlike Ms Warren, Mr Sanders has said his plan to pay for Medicare for all would require an increase in taxes on the middle class, without offering specifics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    May seem like a small deal since he was only polling 1-3% nationwide, but this is actually HUGE. Beto was consistently polling around 1st or 2nd, at 20%, in Texas, and him dropping out is highly likely to give Bernie Sanders a huge boost, probably making him the front-runner in Texas as poll after poll has shown that most Beto supporters have Bernie Sanders as their second choice candidate.

    With Beto dropping out, it puts Bernie into a very good position. Officially, he is not the nationwide front-runner so there will be a lot less heat on him in debates and from the media. However, this is just an illusion, because looking at the states, Bernie is absolutely in front in most of the key early states.

    Early States:
    Iowa - Bernie and Warren currently tied. Biden falling fast, Buttigeg making gains.
    New Hampshire - Bernie in front.
    Nevada - Bernie in front.
    South Carolina - Biden in front by a lot.
    (likely 2 or 3 out of 4 to Bernie)

    Super Tuesday:
    Alabama - Biden
    American Samoa - probably Biden
    Arkansas - Biden
    California - Bernie
    Colorado - Bernie
    Maine - probably Warren
    Massachusetts - Warren
    Minnesota - Bernie or Warren
    North Carolina - Biden
    Oklahoma - probably Bernie
    Tennessee - Biden
    Texas - probably Bernie
    Utah - Bernie
    Vermont - Bernie
    Virginia - Biden or Warren
    Democrats Abroad - Bernie
    (6 to 8 out of 16 to Bernie, including the key states of Texas and California which pack about 50% of the Super Tuesday delegates)

    After these contents, the rest of the race usually swings strongly towards the front runner.


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    US President Donald Trump has ridiculed Beto O'Rourke just hours after the Democratic presidential hopeful ended his campaign.

    The president used a profanity to describe his rival and said he "quit like a dog".

    Mr O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, was highly critical of Mr Trump after a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso in August.

    He called the bloodshed a "consequence" of Mr Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric.

    On Friday Mr O'Rourke said he was quitting the race for the White House as his campaign did not have "the means to move forward successfully".

    Mr Trump's response came days after he said Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had "died like a dog" during a US military operation in north-western Syria.

    Speaking at a rally in Tupelo, Mississippi, the president branded Mr O'Rourke a "poor, pathetic guy".

    What did Trump say?
    "He came out of Texas a very hot political property, and he went back as cold as you can be," Mr Trump declared.

    He had earlier mocked Mr O'Rourke on Twitter.

    He also described former Vice-President Joe Biden, a frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination, as mentally deficient, and said he was "dropping like a rock".

    Turning to the impeachment inquiry against him, the president said he believed an "angry majority" of American voters would support him.

    The Trump impeachment story explained
    The investigation was launched over allegations that Mr Trump improperly sought help from Ukraine to boost his chances of re-election, which he denies.

    How did Mr O'Rourke quit?
    Announcing the end of his campaign, Mr O'Rourke tweeted: "Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively.

    "In that spirit: I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee."

    In a blog post thanking supporters, he wrote: "We confronted institutional, systemic racism and called out Donald Trump for his white supremacy and the violence that he's encouraged against communities that don't look like, pray like or love like the majority in this country."

    Democratic frontrunners tweeted their tributes to Mr O'Rourke after he stood aside.

    Mr Biden said he had inspired many.

    Elizabeth Warren commended his "commitment to ending gun violence", while Bernie Sanders thanked him "for running a campaign to bring millions of people together".

    Who is Beto O'Rourke?
    Mr O'Rourke, 47, ran for president in March after losing his 2018 bid to oust Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

    In that Senate race, he did better than any Democrat had in Texas for decades, running a campaign that invigorated the party nationwide and drew comparisons with former President Barack Obama.

    His passionate delivery along with his good looks and background as a skateboarder and a punk rocker endeared him to liberals across the country.

    But Mr O'Rourke struggled to carry that energy into a White House race crowded with more than 20 Democratic candidates.

    As the initial buzz over his campaign began to subside, the former congressman tried to reboot his candidacy.

    He began to focus on gun control, and vowed to remove assault-style weapons from private ownership, saying in one televised debate: "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15s."

    But he could not catch up with front-runners like former Vice-President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

    As he launched his campaign, he posed on the cover of Vanity Fair, telling the magazine about the White House race: "Man, I'm just born to be in it."

    He later said he regretted that move because it reinforced a "perception of privilege."

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    Beto O'Rourke was never a good candidate for presidency and simply should not have run, he was better suited to running for Senate from Texas again. The problem is that, by taking the gun confiscation stance, he has pretty much killed his chances of winning a senate run too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    Beto O'Rourke was never a good candidate for presidency and simply should not have run, he was better suited to running for Senate from Texas again. The problem is that, by taking the gun confiscation stance, he has pretty much killed his chances of winning a senate run too.
    Only Sanders, Biden, and Elizabeth are relevant. Rest are not charismatic enough.

    Biden should win this in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Only Sanders, Biden, and Elizabeth are relevant. Rest are not charismatic enough.

    Biden should win this in the end.
    Still looking like Biden has a chance, but I really hope he falls fast. He represents the status quo, only Bernie, and to some extent, Warren are capable of bringing any meaningful change.


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    Looks like Trump Will win Reelection

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Only Sanders, Biden, and Elizabeth are relevant. Rest are not charismatic enough.

    Biden should win this in the end.
    You'll be surprised

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    Democratic primary voters increasingly feel the need to nominate a candidate who can beat President Trump in 2020, and more think Joe Biden can do that than any of the other top Democratic hopefuls. In addition, while most Democratic primary voters are satisfied with their field, more than a quarter wish they had other options, according to a new Fox News Poll.

    Biden leads the nomination race with the backing of 31 percent of Democratic primary voters, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 21 percent, Bernie Sanders at 19 percent, and Pete Buttigieg at 7 percent. In early October, Biden was at 32 percent, Warren 22, Sanders 17, and Buttigieg 4.

    Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang receive 3 percent apiece, followed by Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, and Amy Klobuchar each at 2 percent, and Tom Steyer at 1 percent.

    Compared to March, the first Fox News Poll on the race, Biden’s support is unchanged, while Warren has gained 17 points, Buttigieg is up 6 and Sanders is down 4.

    Biden is helped by a large majority of Democratic primary voters (80 percent) saying it is extremely important their nominee can beat Trump -- and more (68 percent) think he can do that than feel that way about Warren (57 percent), Sanders (54 percent), or Buttigieg (30 percent).

    Far fewer, 42 percent, feel it is extremely important their candidate shares their views on major issues. However, more Democratic primary voters also say Biden shares their views (72 percent) than say the same of Sanders (68 percent), Warren (62 percent), or Buttigieg (43 percent).

    Since May, the number of Democratic primary voters saying it is extremely important their nominee can defeat Trump has gone up 7 points (from 73 to 80 percent), and the portion saying it is extremely important their candidate shares their views has dropped 9 (51 vs 42 percent).

    The poll, released Sunday, finds that despite having umpteen candidates to choose from, more than one in four Democratic primary voters wish they had other options (28 percent). That includes 26 percent of Biden supporters and 27 percent of Warren supporters.

    Seventy-eight percent of GOP primary voters want to keep Trump as their nominee, while 69 percent of Democratic primary voters are satisfied with their field.

    “If Hillary Clinton were to enter the race, she’d likely do so near the top of the pack,” says Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Republican Daron Shaw. "And Michelle Obama could probably clear the field.”

    Twenty-seven percent of Democratic primary voters would definitely vote for Clinton, including one-third of those backing Biden and one-quarter supporting Warren.

    The numbers are rosier for former first lady Michelle Obama: 50 percent would definitely vote for her, including nearly 5 in 10 of Biden’s and 4 in 10 of Warren’s supporters.

    Few, 6 percent, would definitely back former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Thirty-two percent would never vote for Bloomberg, 30 percent Clinton, and 8 percent Obama.

    While health concerns about Sanders aren’t an issue for over half of Democratic primary voters (53 percent), 28 percent say these concerns make them less likely to support the Vermont senator (14 percent more likely). Sanders suffered a heart attack October 3.

    On the other hand, nearly twice as many say they are more likely (21 percent) rather than less likely (11 percent) to back Biden given Trump’s claims about the former vice president and his son’s business dealings in Ukraine and China. About two-thirds say the allegations make no difference (65 percent).

    One year out from the 2020 election, Trump ties or trails the Democrat in each of the possible head-to-head matchups tested.

    Biden performs best against Trump (51-39 percent). He leads by 12 points, garners over 50 percent and keeps Trump below 40 percent. In early October, Biden led by 10 (50-40 percent).

    More Democrats (91 percent) back Biden than Republicans (86 percent) support Trump, and 88 percent of 2016 Trump voters would stick with him, while 91 percent of Clinton voters would support Biden.

    Sanders has an 8-point lead (49-41 percent). Warren’s 5-point advantage over the president (46-41 percent) is within the poll’s margin of sampling error, and Buttigieg and Trump tie (41-41 percent). In a 2016 rematch, Clinton has a 2-point edge (43-41 percent).

    Between 10-17 percent of voters are undecided or backing third-party candidates.

    “Trump’s support in these early ballot tests is consistently around 40 percent,” says Shaw. “He’ll need to shore up his support among a few wavering Republicans and pull some independents and Democrats away from the other side if he’s going to win another term.”

    Slim majorities of voters say health care (53 percent) and the economy (52 percent) will be extremely important to their vote for president in November 2020. That’s more than feel that way about guns (44 percent), immigration (43 percent), terrorism (42 percent), taxes (41 percent), abortion (36 percent), foreign policy (36 percent), Supreme Court nominations (36 percent), and climate change (34 percent).

    The top issues among Democrats are health care (62 percent extremely important), climate change and guns (both 48 percent), and the economy (46 percent). For Republicans, it’s the economy (60 percent), terrorism (55 percent), and immigration (54 percent).

    “Trump’s lowest approval rating is on health care, so Democrats have a big opening there,” says Anderson. “But the size of that opening will depend hugely on the ultimate nominee’s position on Medicare expansion.”

    By a 69-21 percent margin, voters favor giving everyone the option to buy into Medicare.

    Voters split 47-47 percent over getting rid of private health insurance and moving to a government-run health care system for everyone. Among Democratic primary voters, 80 percent favor allowing everyone to buy into Medicare and 65 percent favor a government-run system.

    Pollpourri

    Even though the general election is 12 months away, interest is already remarkably high with 60 percent extremely interested. That matches the record high from November 2008, and is nearly double the 32 percent who were extremely interested in November 2015, a year before the 2016 presidential election.

    Sixty-three percent of Democrats and 61 percent of Republicans are extremely interested.

    Conducted October 27-30, 2019 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company (R), this Fox News Poll includes interviews with 1,040 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide who spoke with live interviewers on both landlines and cellphones. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points for all registered voters and 4.5 points for Democratic primary voters (471).
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    With 12 months to go until Election Day, we look at who is winning the race to be the Democratic nominee for US president.

    Joe Biden has been the frontrunner from the off, but in recent months his lead has begun to fade.

    Recently released fundraising figures suggest the former vice-president is also struggling to raise money, pointing to a race that is far from over.

    We've taken an in-depth look at those fundraising numbers, how the national polls are shaping up and what effect the debates have had.

    While there are still 17 noteworthy Democrats in the race (you can see them all here), we've focused on the candidates that qualified for the most recent debate - minus Beto O'Rourke, who ended his campaign last week.

    At the moment, those 11 candidates are roughly split into three tiers:

    1) Joe Biden alongside two well-known senators, Vermont's Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

    2) Pete Buttigieg, the young, gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and California Senator Kamala Harris.

    3) And the rest: tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, senators Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota and Cory Booker from New Jersey, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, former Texas mayor Julian Castro, and hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer.

    When you look at their polling numbers in the chart below, it's easy to see that Warren is the candidate with the momentum, coming from an average of around 5% in January to 20% in November.

    Bernie Sanders remains a heavyweight contender and has hovered between 15-20% since the start of the year. Remarkably, his numbers were barely affected by news that he suffered a heart attack in early October.

    Buttigieg saw an early boost after a cable news town hall forum in March and has largely held on to the support he gained. Yang, meanwhile, has been slowly building support throughout the year.

    Harris has seen a couple of boosts to her poll numbers, most notably after she criticised Joe Biden's record on civil rights in the June debate, but they fell away soon after. At the moment, she looks at risk of dropping into the third tier.

    The five other candidates have failed to get much traction and could well drop out before the end of the year.
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    Democrats claim victory in key Virginia and Kentucky elections

    US Democrats have made gains in state elections, in what is being seen as a blow to President Donald Trump.

    Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory in Kentucky's governor vote, after a tight race in the conservative-leaning state.

    Meanwhile, Democrats seized full control of the legislature in Virginia for the first time in over 20 years.

    The results are being viewed as a gauge of the political mood ahead of next year's presidential election.

    However, Republicans held onto power in the Mississippi governor vote, following a closely-fought race.

    Why Democrat election gains should concern Trump
    Who will take on Trump in 2020?

    In Kentucky, Mr Beshear claimed victory over incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin after final results gave him a lead of 0.4%.

    Mr Bevin, 52, has reportedly said he will not concede, citing unspecified "irregularities".

    However, Mr Beshear, a 41-year-old attorney general whose father was a former governor of the state, said: "We will be ready for that first day in office and I look forward to it."

    The loss will be seen as a setback for Mr Trump, who attempted to galvanise support for Mr Bevin at a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday night.

    In a speech to thousands of supporters, Mr Trump said a loss for Mr Bevin would be characterised as "the greatest defeat in the history of the world" by his critics.

    Mr Trump, who won Kentucky in the 2016 presidential election, said Mr Beshear was "too extreme and too dangerous" to govern the state.

    But despite losing the governor's race, Republican candidates claimed victory in five other votes in Kentucky, including a poll for the state's Attorney General.

    Meanwhile, in Virginia, Democrats overturned Republican majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

    The election of Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person to serve in the House, and Ghazala Hashmi, who will be the first Muslim woman in the Senate, were among the Democrat's notable victories in the state.

    Ahead of the vote, Democratic presidential hopefuls - including frontrunners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren - had campaigned with local candidates.

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    Bernie surging over the past month, increase between latest poll and previous poll -

    Monmouth: +5
    Harvard/Harris: +2
    NBC/Wall Street Journal: +5
    Fox News: +2
    IBD/TIPP: +3

    Real Clear Politics polling average change in the last month-

    Sanders + 3.8
    Biden +2.3
    Buttgieg +1.1
    Warren -4.6


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    Bill Gates has become the latest billionaire to express concern for presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren's plan for a new tax on the super-rich.

    At a conference, the philanthropist and Microsoft founder said it would stifle business innovation in America.

    Ms Warren, a Democratic front-runner in the 2020 presidential race, has offered to meet Mr Gates in response.

    It comes after criticism of Ms Warren's policy from figures like Jamie Dimon, head of banking giant JP Morgan.

    Under the original plan, households with a net worth between $50m (£39m) and $1bn (£780m) will be charged with a 2% "wealth tax" every year. This would rise to 3% for any households with a net worth of over $1bn.

    But last week, Ms Warren suggested doubling the latter rate - from 3% to 6%. She said the money raised from this new tax would be used to fund her healthcare plan, which is expected to cost the federal government $20.5tn over 10 years.

    Mr Gates hit back at the idea during a talk at the New York Times DealBook conference in New York on Wednesday.

    "I'm all for super-progressive tax systems," he said. "I've paid over $10bn in taxes. I've paid more than anyone in taxes. If I had to pay $20bn, it's fine.

    "But when you say I should pay $100bn, then I'm starting to do a little math about what I have left over. Sorry, I'm just kidding," he added.

    "So you really want the incentive system to be there and you can go a long ways without threatening that."

    Mr Gates is the second-richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $106.2bn.

    When asked if he would be willing to meet with her about the policy, Mr Gates said he wasn't sure if Ms Warren would "sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money".

    Hours after his comments, Ms Warren said she would "love" to meet Mr Gates to explain her plan in more detail.

    Tax reform has become a key talking point among contenders for the US presidential election. The debate has been partially spurred by tax reform under Donald Trump's administration, which the president dubbed "the biggest tax cut in history".

    Mr Trump said cuts would help to boost the economy, but critics argue they disproportionately benefit the country's wealthiest individuals.

    Earlier this year, a group of America's richest people penned an open letter calling on presidential candidates to roll out a wealth tax on the super-rich.

    "America has a moral, ethical and economic responsibility to tax our wealth more," they said in a letter, proposing that the money be spent on tackling climate change and economic inequality.

    Signatories included investor George Soros and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. The group said they were non-partisan and not endorsing any candidate.
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    Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg is strongly considering entering the race for the US Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

    The ex-New York City mayor is concerned the current field of candidates is not good enough to beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election, his spokesman says.

    The 77-year-old is expected to file paperwork this week for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama.

    A total of 17 candidates are currently vying to take on President Trump.

    Former Vice-President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are the Democratic frontrunners.

    Some recent opinion polls have suggested that Ms Warren and Mr Sanders - who are regarded as to the left of Mr Biden - might lose against Republican Mr Trump if either won the party's nomination.

    The key issues for 2020 Democrats
    Mr Bloomberg's spokesman said: "We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated. But Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that."


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg is strongly considering entering the race for the US Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

    The ex-New York City mayor is concerned the current field of candidates is not good enough to beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election, his spokesman says.

    The 77-year-old is expected to file paperwork this week for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama.

    A total of 17 candidates are currently vying to take on President Trump.

    Former Vice-President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are the Democratic frontrunners.

    Some recent opinion polls have suggested that Ms Warren and Mr Sanders - who are regarded as to the left of Mr Biden - might lose against Republican Mr Trump if either won the party's nomination.

    The key issues for 2020 Democrats
    Mr Bloomberg's spokesman said: "We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated. But Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that."
    Very disingenuous article considering literally every opinion poll has Warren and Bernie beating Trump, including in swing states, often by larger margins than Joe Biden does.

    Don't see what Bloomberg brings to the race. Literally everyone running is a better candidate than Hillary Clinton, while Bernie Sanders is a good candidate whatever the year. Seems like a PR stunt.

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    US President Donald Trump has taunted former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has taken a key step towards joining the White House race.

    Speaking to reporters early on Friday, Mr Trump said of the billionaire: "There is nobody I'd rather run against than little Michael."

    Mr Bloomberg later filed paperwork for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama.

    But he has so far not announced that he is running for president.

    What else did President Trump say?
    On Friday, Mr Trump said Mr Bloomberg "doesn't have the magic" to make it to the White House.

    He continued: "He's not going to do well, but I think he's going to hurt Biden actually."

    Calling him "a nothing", Mr Trump said that Mr Bloomberg "will fail" if he joins the Democratic race.

    What did Bloomberg's aide say?
    In a statement late on Thursday, Bloomberg adviser Howard Wolfson said: "We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated.

    "But Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that."

    Mr Bloomberg is said to be fully aware such a belated entry to the race presents challenges in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, where other Democratic contenders have been campaigning for months.

    The Bloomberg team reportedly sees a possible pathway through the so-called Super Tuesday contests in March, when 14 states, including California, Alabama and Colorado, will vote on a single day for their preferred White House nominee.
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    Hillary Clinton has said she is "under enormous pressure" to challenge US President Donald Trump in next year's White House election.

    The former Democratic presidential nominee refused to rule it out, telling the BBC: "Never say never."

    Mrs Clinton, 72, said she thinks "all the time" about what kind of president she would have been if she had beaten Mr Trump in 2016.

    Seventeen Democrats are already vying to lead the party in 2020.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett while in the UK on a book tour, Mrs Clinton was asked whether she would run again.

    The former secretary of state, New York senator and US first lady replied: "I think all the time about what kind of president I would have been and what I would have done differently and what I think it would have meant to our country and the world.

    "So of course I think about it, I think about it all the time. Being able to do that, and look, whoever wins next time is going to have a big task trying to fix everything that's been broken."

    Pressed on whether she would throw her hat into the ring at the last minute, Mrs Clinton said: "I, as I say, never, never, never say never.

    "I will certainly tell you, I'm under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it.

    "But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans."

    Mrs Clinton did not elaborate on who was pressuring her to mount what would be her third White House campaign.

    The interview in London came as she promoted The Book of Gutsy Women, which she has co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

    The Democratic race is still largely up in the air even as the first of the state-by-state votes that will decide which of the contenders challenges Mr Trump looms in Iowa in February.

    The perceived vulnerability of one front-runner, Joe Biden, has spurred former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to take steps to enter the fray.

    Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a close ally of former President Barack Obama, is also reportedly considering jumping into the race.

    But the deadline has already passed to file on the Democratic primary ballot in several states, including New Hampshire, which also votes in February.

    The filing deadline for Alabama expired last week, and the deadline for Mrs Clinton's former political heartland of Arkansas was on Tuesday.

    Some of the 14 states that will vote on so-called Super Tuesday in March have filing deadlines next month.

    Political gossip about whether Mrs Clinton might jump into the White House race continues to set tongues wagging in Washington DC.

    Some of this speculation has been stoked by the Clintons themselves.

    Last month when Mr Trump goaded Mrs Clinton to enter the presidential race, she retorted in a tweet: "Don't tempt me. Do your job."

    At a Georgetown University event in Washington DC in October, former President Bill Clinton said of his wife, who was sitting beside him: "She may or may not ever run for anything."
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