Clarification: Election 2020-Biden Fundraising story
WASHINGTON, DC – In a story Dec. 2, The Associated Press reported that Joe Biden raised $15.6 million for his Democratic presidential bid over the months of July, August, and September. The story should have noted that while the former vice president’s campaign reported raising that much money, he also issued $400,000 in refunds, which lowered his net haul for the quarter to $15.2 million.
After report of aide quitting, Biden says Latinos a priority
LAS VEGAS, NV – Joe Biden said Monday that he’s making outreach to Latinos a priority in his Democratic presidential campaign after a news report that his most senior Latina staffer had resigned out of frustration. Biden told reporters on a phone call that he’s spent a lot of time in Florida, California and even Iowa talking to Latinos and has no shortage of concern for or interest in Latinos. The former vice president was responding to a report in Politico that his most senior Latina staffer, who served as national coalitions director, had quit. The report says Vanessa Cárdenas raised concerns that the campaign focused too much on white voters in Iowa and black voters at the expense of Latino voters. Biden, who joined the presidential race in April, said his late entry compared to other candidates required him to spend most of his time setting up his campaign in the first two states, Iowa and New Hampshire.
Bloomberg entry into presidential race raises ethics issues
The entry of Bloomberg into the presidential race also raises potential conflict-of-interest questions involving his extensive business holdings, which go well beyond his news service. At his news service, Micklethwait said, Bloomberg reporters will still cover polls, policies and how the Bloomberg campaign is faring, much as it does for all candidates. To anyone who thinks the news service shouldn't cover Bloomberg at all, he said Bloomberg News “has handled these conflicts before — and proved our independence." David Shipley, who has overseen Bloomberg Opinion as its senior executive editor, is leaving to join the campaign, Micklethwait said. It’s a different conversation than when he served as mayor of New York, Painter said.
Bloomberg files campaign paperwork, no decision on bid yet
WASHINGTON, DC – New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg has taken another step toward launching a Democratic bid for president. The former New York City mayor, who became a Democrat just last year, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday to formally create a presidential campaign committee. The move legally allows him to begin raising and spending money on a 2020 campaign, although his team says he’s yet to make a final decision. Bloomberg’s enormous wealth, his ties to Wall Street, and his status as a former Republican could make it difficult for him to win support among traditional Democratic primary voters. Before Thursday’s federal filing, he had already filed paperwork to qualify for presidential primary ballots in three states.
Buttigieg touts military service, wary of overstating role
In this image provided by the Pete Buttigieg Presidential Campaign, Pete Buttigieg poses for a photo when he was deployed in Afghanistan. Buttigieg volunteered for military service and did a seven month tour in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer. He is careful not to call himself a combat veteran even as he notes the danger he faced. “That is the definition, going down range into a combat zone,” Hollingsworth said. But Buttigieg never fired his weapon, nor was he fired on, criteria for the Combat Action Badge, which is Karweik’s definition of a combat veteran and the one Buttigieg observes.
Wall Street feuds with Warren, much to her apparent delight
One key proposal of her campaign is a 2% tax on every dollar of an individual’s wealth above $50 million. As Warren has moved up in the polls among the Democratic candidates, the reaction from Wall Street and the financial industry has become louder and more antagonistic. He did note that Warren was “not my candidate, but we align on many issues” without specifying which issues. The campaign has released an ad highlighting her wealth tax. Wall Street is a popular punching bag for politicians in an election season.
Bloomberg won’t file to get on New Hampshire primary ballot
WASHINGTON, DC – Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be weighing a run for president, but he won’t be on the ballot in the New Hampshire primary. Bloomberg’s team says the billionaire media mogul will not file in the state ahead of a Friday deadline to get on the ballot. Bloomberg is still deciding whether to seek the Democratic nomination. If he does run, his advisers have said he would skip early contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and instead focus on the crush of states that vote on March 3 and beyond. An adviser says Bloomberg doesn’t want to set any expectation that he will compete in New Hampshire and therefore won’t put his name on the ballot.
Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid
Another Democrat, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is also weighing a last-minute bid for the party’s nomination. We have enough candidates,” said Kathy Sullivan, a Democratic National Committee member from New Hampshire, which hosts the party’s first presidential primary following the Iowa caucuses. During the 2018 midterm elections, he traveled across the country in support of Democratic candidates, raising his national profile. Last year, some of Patrick's supporters and close advisers launched the Reason to Believe political action committee, which held meetups across the country, including in early presidential primary states. By December, however, Patrick cooled to the idea of a presidential bid.
Top Democrats clash over health care at marquee Iowa event
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)DES MOINES, IA – The leading Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination clashed over the critical issue of health care while offering starkly contrasting visions for the nation's ideological direction before thousands of cheering Iowa activists at a raucous event kicking off the three-month sprint to the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Biden said he would overhaul health care nationwide without "increases in taxes for the middle class. The former vice president has promised not to "abandon" Obama's signature health care law. The 37-year-old also offered a veiled swipe at Warren, Biden and Sanders — all in their 70s — by chiding candidates for being content to "wait for action." Warren supporters erected a giant likeness of Bailey, the senator's golden retriever.
Boxed in? Warren confronts tough politics of health care
Warren says that, far from having boxed herself in politically, she's been working on her health care plan for months and still sees it as a winning issue. "You're going to get health care with no premiums, no deductibles, no fear of bankruptcy if you have a health emergency." Sara Collins, vice president for coverage and access with the nonpartisan Commonwealth Club, said the key involves changing how the health care tab is divided up among employers, government and individuals. Unlike Warren, Sanders has already released payment options, including higher taxes on wealthy Americans and an employee payroll tax of 7.5%. But that would give federal authorities more control over employee health costs than employers, potentially affecting jobs.