2020 Elections

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

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    Bloomberg’s billions stay veiled while funding 2020 campaign

    The former mayor may not disclose key financial information until weeks after Super Tuesday.

    Michael Bloomberg has bought his way into the 2020 presidential race with hundreds of millions of dollars from his personal fortune. But he may not provide any details about where that money comes from until more than half of the Democratic primary is over.

    While his rivals have disclosed years of financial details on everything from book deals to consulting clients to vacation homes, Bloomberg has not released any financial information since launching a late 2020 campaign fueled entirely by his $60 billion-plus in wealth. The billionaire and former New York City mayor was granted an extension on filing mandatory financial disclosure forms until March 20 — more than halfway through the delegate race and after Super Tuesday, when Bloomberg hopes to make his first splash in delegate-rich states like California and Texas.

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    'It's not just TV': Inside Steyer’s South Carolina surge

    Biden still has a wide lead in the polls, but the billionaire businessman has made an impression with voters.

    EFFINGHAM, S.C. — After spending nearly $12 million of his own money to bombard voters with television ads, Tom Steyer has gone from Democratic presidential afterthought to second place in South Carolina.

    Now, he has to make it stick.

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    Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton over 'Russian asset' smear

    Gabbard alleges that Clinton’s suggestion that she is favored by Russians was “retribution.”


    Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Wednesday sued former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for defamation, the latest salvo in a public feud following Clinton’s suggestion that Gabbard is a “Russian asset.”

    In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Gabbard alleges that Clinton’s suggestion that she is favored by Russians is “retribution” for Gabbard backing Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary.

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    Biden dings Sanders on gun reform as feud ramps up

    The two Democratic primary frontrunners have been sparring over the former vice president’s record on Social Security.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday largely sought to cool tensions with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders amid their feud over Social Security, but jabbed at the fellow presidential candidate for his mixed record on gun reform and previous opposition to a key background checks bill in the 1990s.

    The critical remarks came after Biden was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" whether he would cut Social Security benefits if elected president — a question prompted by a Sanders campaign ad released Tuesday night which featured a recording of Biden in 1995 advocating to freeze federal spending for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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    Bloomberg rises to 4th place in new national poll

    Outside of Bloomberg’s rise, the Monmouth poll shows a stable race at the top of the field with less than two weeks to go before Iowa.


    Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg continues to rise in the Democratic primary field, according to a new nationwide poll out Wednesday, as he plows his personal fortune into widespread advertisements for his last minute bid for the White House.

    The Monmouth University poll found Bloomberg polling at 9 percent nationally among Democratic voters — good for a distant fourth place among a still-crowded field.

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    Sanders surges in new nationwide CNN poll

    The poll found that 27 percent of registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents said they would support Sanders.

    Bernie Sanders’ standing among voters nationwide surged, with a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS showing that the Vermont senator has joined Joe Biden at the top of the Democratic presidential field.

    Among Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents who are registered to vote, 27 percent said they would support Sanders for the Democratic nomination, compared with Biden polling at 24 percent. The difference between the two candidates falls within the margin of error, so there is no clear leader in the poll.

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    Biden, Sanders trade shots over Social Security

    Tensions are rising between the two camps.


    Simmering tensions between Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden reached new levels Tuesday after the pair released competing attack ads over the former vice president's record on Social Security.

    In a short ad released Tuesday night, Biden's team accused Sanders of levying false and negative attacks on the former vice president for supposedly advocating for rollbacks to Social Security. Biden has had a record of entertaining cuts to the keystone program as a senator and vice president — a point Sanders' campaign has returned to numerous times since before the January primary debate.

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    Sanders campaign privately urges restraint after Clinton attack

    Bernie’s aides and allies feel that Hillary Clinton is trying to bait them.

    Bernie Sanders’ campaign remained largely — and uncharacteristically — quiet Tuesday in the wake of fiery attacks by Hillary Clinton.

    Privately, Sanders’ aides and allies feel that Clinton is trying to bait them after she reiterated in a Hollywood Reporter article that “nobody likes” the Vermont senator, and refused to commit to supporting him if he wins the primary. In her remarks, published two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, they see a political establishment that is trying to stop him as he rises in early-state polling.

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    Biden seeks distance from impeachment saga

    While he largely has the Iowa stage to himself this week, the Senate impeachment trial is never that far away.


    Bernie Sanders canceled an Iowa rally scheduled for Wednesday. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet didn’t bother scheduling any campaign stops this week — they’re all stuck in the Senate for the foreseeable future due to the impeachment trial.

    But even as four of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign rivals were pulled off the campaign trail this week to sit as silent jurors in Washington, he’s hardly got an advantage. While he largely has the Iowa stage to himself this week, the former vice president is playing a starring role in the impeachment saga along with his son, Hunter.

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    Biden picks up backing from 4 more black lawmakers

    The endorsements giving the former vice president his 15th from the influential Congressional Black Caucus.

    A quartet of black lawmakers endorsed Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, giving the former vice president his 15th endorsement from the influential Congressional Black Caucus.

    Reps. Frederica Wilson and Alcee Hastings of Florida, Donald Payne Jr. of New Jersey and Sanford Bishop of Georgia each backed Biden in a joint statement first obtained by POLITICO, casting him as the candidate who can beat President Donald Trump in November and unify the nation.

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    Warren campaign hires pair of top Castro aides

    The additions, both high-ranking women of color, are part of a larger Castro-Warren merger since he dropped out of the race.

    Elizabeth Warren has hired two senior officials from Julián Castro’s presidential campaign: campaign manager Maya Rupert and political director Natalie Montelongo, a Warren official told POLITICO Tuesday.

    Rupert, who previously was a senior policy adviser for Castro at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and before that worked at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, will be a senior adviser and serve as a campaign surrogate. Montelongo, who previously worked at the ACLU and in Nevada and Colorado during Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, will be a senior strategist focusing on political and constituency outreach along with the campaign’s surrogate program.

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    ‘Nobody likes him’: Hillary Clinton reignites feud with Bernie

    The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee declined to commit to endorsing the Vermont senator if he captures the party’s nomination this year.


    Hillary Clinton lambasted Bernie Sanders in a forthcoming documentary as a “career politician” who “nobody likes,” savaging her rival for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination less than two weeks before the 2020 Iowa caucuses.

    The brutal remarks reopened longstanding party wounds, with multiple Obama White House alumni knocking Clinton, Sanders supporters galvanizing behind their candidate, and current and former Clinton aides rushing to her defense.

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    Sanders apologizes to Biden for surrogate’s brutal op-ed

    The op-ed alleged Biden had “a big corruption problem.”

    Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders marched together in a Martin Luther King parade Monday morning in a show that they put their recent contretemps behind them.

    But by evening, Sanders was offering an apology to another Democratic rival: Joe Biden.

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    MAGA stops, TV and the pope: How Pence plans to sidestep impeachment

    Yet the vice president keeps getting entangled in a mess he has deliberately tried to avoid as he considers a White House bid of his own in 2024.

    Halfway through Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, on the same day the Senate refused to dismiss two charges against him, Vice President Al Gore arrived at an airport hangar in St. Louis to greet Pope John Paul II before he returned to Rome.

    This time, Mike Pence is going straight to Rome himself.

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    Iowa is a graveyard for White House bids. But maybe not this year.

    A half-dozen or more candidates are likely to keep campaigning beyond the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

    The Iowa caucuses have ended a long line of weak White House bids, traditionally culling the presidential primary field to just two or three viable candidates.

    But this year’s unique dynamics have a very real scenario shaping up that could mean at least a half dozen — or maybe more — candidates move to New Hampshire and beyond.

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    'He totally said it' or 'complete BS'? Sanders and Warren voters dig in

    The collision between two progressive icons leaves their supporters feeling indignant.

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Every Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders supporter seems to have an opinion on their infamous Dec. 2018 meeting.

    One side believes Warren's account that Sanders told her a woman couldn’t beat Donald Trump: “He totally said it! Women are watching, Bernie." The other is just as convinced she embellished or lied for political advantage: “We obviously know that it was complete BS."

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    Biden pulls ahead in new Iowa poll

    There's some indication of fallout for Sanders and Warren over their recent spat.

    Joe Biden leads the Democratic field in Iowa, according to a new poll out Monday, two weeks before the Feb. 3 caucuses.

    The Focus on Rural America poll shows the former vice president with 24 percent and the next three top-tier candidates bunched behind him, with Elizabeth Warren at 18 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 16 percent and Bernie Sanders at 14 percent. Amy Klobuchar clocked in at 11 percent.

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    Bloomberg’s massive ad campaign hikes TV prices for other candidates

    Candidates running for other offices in Super Tuesday states are feeling the squeeze.

    Michael Bloomberg’s big-spending, shock-and-awe TV ad campaign has made politicking more expensive for everyone from his 2020 rivals to Senate, House and state legislative candidates around the country.

    Eight weeks into his presidential campaign, Bloomberg has already spent more money on advertising — $248 millionthan most candidates could spend in years. That amount has squeezed TV ad inventory in nearly every state, lowering supply and causing stations to raise ad prices at a time of high demand, as candidates around the country gear up for their primaries.

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    New York Times ed board endorses Warren, Klobuchar

    The newspaper’s dual endorsements come two weeks ahead of the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses.


    The New York Times’ editorial board endorsed two female senators for the Democratic nomination for president Sunday: Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.

    The Times’ editorial board sat with nine leading candidates last month for on-the-record interviews, transcripts of which were later annotated and published in full.

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    To win black support, Bloomberg acknowledges white privilege

    "My story might have turned out very differently if I had been black," said the billionaire in a much anticipated speech.

    TULSA, Okla. — Mike Bloomberg began his presidential campaign with an apology to African Americans — an acknowledgment of the racial inequities spurred by the controversial “stop and frisk” policing practice he oversaw as New York City mayor.

    It was also a recognition of the political realities confronting a campaign for the Democratic nomination that hinges on a strong performance on Super Tuesday, when black voters will cast a majority of the primary vote in a handful of states.

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