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2020 Democratic primary: Bernie Sanders emerges as early front-runner to take on Trump

2020 Democratic primary: Bernie Sanders emerges as early front-runner to take on TrumpBernie Sanders has emerged as an early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination as candidates battle for support in a crowded field.The Vermont senator, who launched a surprisingly strong challenge against Hillary Clinton in 2016, is hoping to build on the momentum from his last presidential campaign.Mr Sanders has surpassed his rivals in early fundraising, earning $ 18.2m (£14m) in the first six weeks of the 2020 campaign, and has developed a sophisticated campaign team since his first run.Following his 2016 campaign, he created the political group Our Revolution, which has collected information on voters and organised events in early voting states.The organisation has helped establish Mr Sanders as a figurehead for progressive Democrats, helping to elect candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib in the 2018 midterms.Mr Sanders won more than 20 primary contests against Ms Clinton in 2016 as a clear outsider and supporters argue popular demand for the senator's brand of self-described democratic socialism has not decreased."Donald Trump campaigned on economic terms as faux Bernie Sanders. It was taking his language and selling it to the American people," said Faiz Shakir, Mr Sanders' campaign manager."And now how do you defeat faux Bernie Sanders? You defeat him with real Bernie Sanders."However, some Democrats worry weaknesses in Mr Sanders’ 2016 campaign remain, such as criticism that his team was too heavily white and male and concerns that his left-wing policy platform could turn away swing voters.Despite enthusiasm for Mr Sanders' campaign, critics also say he performed poorly with black voters who overwhelmingly backed Ms Clinton in 2016.Notably, Mr Sanders lost the South Carolina primary by more than 45 points."I understand that a lot of people took a lot of things out of the South Carolina results," Mr Shakir said."We are going to continue to court and address these issues directly, but we are operating with a great deal of confidence that this is going to be a particular demographic that supports Bernie Sanders at the end of the day."Sanders advisers have argued he has addressed the weakness by working to build relationships with black leaders in South Carolina and other Southern states, while making racial inequality and criminal justice more prominent issues in his campaigning.Campaign officials also argue that his 2020 team will be more diverse with current campaign staff reportedly being majority female and 40 per cent people of colour.“We were criticised for being too white; that was a correct criticism,” Mr Sanders said on the Breakfast Club radio show in March.“We were criticised for being too male; that was a correct criticism. That’s going to change.”In early polling, Mr Sanders has shown his popularity from 2016 has not disappeared, as polling averages put him up to 10 percentage points above other declared Democrats.However, he is still behind former vice-president Joe Biden, who has indicated that he is planning to run but has not formerly announced a campaign.Critics also argue Mr Sanders' position in polling is partly due to name recognition at this point, with himself and Mr Biden being the two most well-known candidates.In a large field of candidates, other Democrats such as senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker could challenge once they receive more national coverage.Other outsider candidates, such as Beto O’Rourke and Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, could also pose a threat, much like Mr Sanders did to Ms Clinton in 2016.While Mr Sanders has become a household name in US politics, he is not universally liked by Democrats, with some blaming him for Ms Clinton's election defeat to Mr Trump.Some also note that progressive candidates he endorsed in the 2018 midterms, such as Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, were defeated.Voting in the Democratic presidential primary is not set to begin until February 2020.



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Tucker: The real collusion is between the Democratic Party and the liberal news media

Tucker: The real collusion is between the Democratic Party and the liberal news mediaHouse Speaker Pelosi asks media to switch focus from Mueller report to health care.



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Democratic 2020 Hopefuls Unite in Push to Release Mueller Report

Democratic 2020 Hopefuls Unite in Push to Release Mueller ReportThe Democrats took to Twitter, press releases and campaign stump speeches to press their case after Mueller on Friday submitted his final report, a still-secret document that closed his 22-month investigation into whether Trump or those around him conspired in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign. Senator Kamala Harris of California, a former federal prosecutor who sits on the Judiciary Committee, called for Attorney General William Barr to testify publicly and under oath about the investigation’s conclusions.



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Democratic Socialists of America back Bernie: 'The best chance to beat Trump'

Democratic Socialists of America back Bernie: 'The best chance to beat Trump'The group helped leftwing candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib win long-shot elections to Congress in 2018Bernie Sanders waves to workers at a rally at the University of California Los Angeles, on Wednesday 20 March 2019. Photograph: Richard Vogel/APThe Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, with the organization throwing its growing political clout behind the Vermont senator ahead of the 2020 election.The DSA’s National Political Committee leadership team voted to back Sanders during a meeting on Thursday night, after the rank-and-file membership had earlier overwhelmingly pledged their support.The backing of the DSA will provide a further fillip to Sanders, who quickly outraised most of his rivals for the Democratic nomination. The DSA endorsed Sanders in 2016 and helped the leftwing candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib win long-shot elections to Congress in 2018.“He has the best possible chance of the Democratic field to beat Trump,” said Jeremy Gong, a member of the NPC who voted to endorse Sanders.“Specifically because he has a working-class political agenda, as opposed to an elite, or moderate, or corporate-friendly agenda that is not exciting to anyone electorally – except a very small number of either Democratic party diehards or upper middle class or wealthy people.”Sanders announced his run for president on 19 February and raised $ 5.9m in the first 24 hours of his campaign, second only to Texas’s Beto O’Rourke among Democratic candidates. Sanders is running second, behind Joe Biden, in most polling of Democratic candidates – although the pair are probably benefitting from superior name recognition at this point in the election cycle.The DSA has seen a dramatic increase in membership since the 2016 election, rising from 5,000 members to more than 55,000. Ocasio-Cortez is the highest-profile beneficiary of the DSA’s political heft, her victory in New York’s 14th congressional district aided by the wealth of volunteers DSA can offer access to.Gong said the DSA was still working on its strategy to support Sanders, who is advocating for Medicare for All, a $ 15 minimum wage and a Green New Deal climate policy. There are more than 100 chapters in the US and each will decide how to promote Sanders. But Gong said the DSA was looking beyond just electing Sanders as president.“Sanders alone, once in office, is not capable of pushing through these reforms,” Gong said.“We need to have a mass movement of ordinary people building organizations like the DSA, building their union, going on strike, demonstrating in the streets, pushing for his radical reform agenda.”The DSA also aims to elect progressive candidates to local government across the country. Six democratic socialists are running for election to the Chicago city council this year, and despite Republicans seeking to use the term “democratic socialist” to denigrate Democrats, the DSA is continuing to grow.Sanders, 77, has been criticized in some quarters for entering what promises to be the most diverse race for the Democratic nomination in history, but Gong pointed to some polling which shows Sanders is popular among black and Latino voters, and said there is “not a deep bench” of candidates who have the politics and reach of the veteran senator.“It’d be better and preferable if Sanders was not an old white man, and that there be someone who has the same track record, and the same politics and the same potential to transform our society that Sanders does,” Gong said.“[But] there is no one else who is advancing the Sanders agenda and building a movement in the way that Sanders is who could also be elected president.”



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Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk show

Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk showLate-night TV host Samantha Bee ripped into the growing field of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls Wednesday night. The 'Full Frontal' host commented on everything from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign slogan, to former Vice President Joe Biden not making a decision on his third potential presidential run. The TBS star also went after former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.



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Stacey Abrams considers 2020 presidential campaign on race and voter suppression as Democratic field grows

Stacey Abrams considers 2020 presidential campaign on race and voter suppression as Democratic field growsStacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her bid to become governor of Georgia last autumn, has a series of decisions to make. Losing campaigns are not the normal launching pad for a run for the White House. Ms Abrams, who was the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, sat down last week with Steven Ginsberg, The Washington Post’s national editor, and talked about the choices, the timetable and what kind of presidential campaign she would run.



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Democratic presidential candidates line up to target Mike Pence after Biden’s ‘decent guy’ comment

Democratic presidential candidates line up to target Mike Pence after Biden’s ‘decent guy’ commentSenator Kamala Harris, D-Calif, said it was “ridiculous” and “outrageous” he is unwilling to meet privately with female staff – prompting a flurry of Twitter refutations from top female administration officials. Mr Pence has found himself thrust unwittingly into the centre of the 2020 presidential debate, becoming a square-jawed punching bag for Democrats and, at times, even some in his own party.



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Beto O'Rourke runs 5K to start longer race for US Democratic nod

Beto O'Rourke runs 5K to start longer race for US Democratic nodWith a smooth stride and relaxed posture, Beto O’Rourke was literally running for US president on Saturday. The race in the Iowa City suburb of North Liberty allowed O’Rourke, an athletic-looking 46 years old, to project an image of youthful vigor — in unspoken contrast to some of his much older political rivals. O’Rourke announced on Thursday that he would seek the nation’s highest office, and his presence in Iowa was no accident: It is one of the earliest, and thus most important, states to hold presidential nominating contests.



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Biggest obstacle to passage of Green New Deal? Democratic lawmakers

Biggest obstacle to passage of Green New Deal? Democratic lawmakersDemocrats agree that climate change needs to be addressed. Pronto. But they're divided on if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Green New Deal is the answer.



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Trump promotes model's fringe 'Jexodus' campaign encouraging Jews to leave Democratic Party

Trump promotes model's fringe 'Jexodus' campaign encouraging Jews to leave Democratic PartyPresident Trump used his massive Twitter platform to promote comments of Elizabeth Pipko, a model-turned-activist and former Trump campaign staffer who is encouraging Jews to leave the Democratic party.



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