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Presidential candidate Biden has less campaign cash than top Democratic rivals

Presidential candidate Biden has less campaign cash than top Democratic rivalsWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had $ 9 million in his campaign bank account at the end of September, significantly less than his top rivals in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, data released on Tuesday showed. While Biden leads most national public opinion polls, he has struggled to raise money and is relying heavily on wealthy donors who can write five-figure checks instead of smaller donations made via the internet. Biden dismissed that his low cash balance is going to be a problem going forward, saying that his campaign launched after several others, forcing him to catch up to his rivals.



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Ukrainian leader's rivals use Trump call to kick him, voters more forgiving

Ukrainian leader's rivals use Trump call to kick him, voters more forgivingUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s political opponents rebuked him on Thursday over what they said was his amateurish handling of a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, accusing him of damaging important international alliances. Zelenskiy, a former comedian and political novice who was only elected in April, was blindsided on Wednesday when the White House released a memo summarizing his July 25 call with Trump during which the U.S. leader asked him to investigate Joe Biden and his son. The memo shows Zelenskiy promised to reopen an investigation into a company that employed Biden’s son and voiced frustration about what he said was a lack of support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron when it came to enforcing sanctions on Russia.



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27% of Democratic voters say candidates shouldn't attack their rivals for being too old

27% of Democratic voters say candidates shouldn't attack their rivals for being too old27% of Democratic primary voters are less likely to support a candidate who used age-related attacks, according to a new Insider poll.



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Elizabeth Warren’s Rivals Start to Turn on Her

Elizabeth Warren’s Rivals Start to Turn on HerHeidi Gutman/GettySen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has mostly been coasting to her position atop the 2020 Democratic primary field, often dodging the scrums other candidates have engaged in on the trail and the debate stage. But as she’s risen, her opponents have begun to notice. And this week, several of them have started to test out attack lines against her.On Thursday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg accused Warren of dodging questions about potential tax increases that could come with instituting a Medicare for All healthcare system, which Warren supports. “You know, Senator Warren is known for being straightforward and was extremely evasive when asked that question, and we’ve seen that repeatedly,” Buttigieg told CNN in an interview. “I think that if you are proud of your plan and it’s the right plan, you should defend it in a straight forward terms. And I think it’s puzzling that when everybody knows the answer to that question of whether her plan and Senator Sanders’ plan will raise middle class taxes is yes. Why you wouldn’t just say so, and then explain why you think that’s the better way forward?”Warren, in recent debates, has rejected the premise of questions about whether middle class tax will be part of a Medicare for All health care system, by stressing that overall costs would go down for individual consumers since they would no longer be paying high costs for coverage. Buttigieg’s campaign, which came out with a “Medicare for All Who Want It” proposal, said that his plan could be paid for with higher corporate taxes but didn’t get into much more detail. Warren’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Buttigieg wasn’t alone in taking a shot at Warren. He merely offered the most direct one. During a call with reporters on Thursday morning, Sen. Kamala Harris' campaign (D-CA) appeared to knock Warren for transferring money from her Senate campaign prior to her presidential outfit. And Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who has attempted to run in a more moderate lane in the primary, continued her derision of plans like Medicare for All and free college during a visit to the Midwest. “We’ve got a lot of great people running, but some of these ideas are better left in the college faculty lounge,” Klobuchar said in Michigan on Thursday, according to local reports. “I’m a common sense person whose always governed by that.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Biden is still the Democrat to beat, but rivals see weakness

Biden is still the Democrat to beat, but rivals see weaknessIn a barn down a gravel road in Iowa, Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump’s moral character, declaring in one of the fiercest speeches of his campaign that the words of the American president matter. The next day, Biden’s own words tripped him up. The back-to-back episodes magnified the promise and the peril of Biden’s candidacy.



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Joe Biden atop Democratic rivals in new Iowa poll, but Elizabeth Warren is catching up

Joe Biden atop Democratic rivals in new Iowa poll, but Elizabeth Warren is catching upAs Warren starts to make headway with voters in Iowa, support for fellow progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke erodes.



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Biden attacked by rivals over deportations under Obama

Biden attacked by rivals over deportations under ObamaJoe Biden and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro clashed on the issue of illegal border crossings at Wednesday night's primary debate.



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Delta nearly joined its rivals in buying the troubled Boeing 737 Max

Delta nearly joined its rivals in buying the troubled Boeing 737 MaxThe airline's CEO said it was a "close call" to pass on the plane, which has been grounded after two lethal crashes in five months.



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Warren raises $19.1 million for presidential bid in second quarter, third among crowd of rivals

Warren raises $  19.1 million for presidential bid in second quarter, third among crowd of rivalsDemocratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren raised $ 19.1 million in the second quarter of the year, placing her in the top three for the period among top-tier rivals, her campaign announced in an email to supporters on Monday. The top second-quarter fundraising hauls among Democratic candidates reported so far have been by South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who raised $ 24.8 million, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who raised $ 21.5 million. More than two dozen Democrats are competing for the party’s nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.



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Biden Begins Drawing Contrasts With His Democratic Rivals

Biden Begins Drawing Contrasts With His Democratic Rivals(Bloomberg) — Joe Biden returned to the campaign trail with a new drive to contrast his views with those of other Democratic presidential hopefuls after a rough debate performance last week highlighted his tenuous grasp on front-runner status.After spending the first two months of his campaign focused on attacking President Donald Trump, the former vice president turned his attention to rivals in his own party. He began a two-day swing across Iowa to make his case for moderation as other leading candidates pull the party leftward.Biden zeroed in on health care Wednesday, arguing that Democrats should be concentrating on improving the Affordable Care Act instead of replacing it with an entirely new system such as Medicare for All. “I fundamentally disagree with anyone who says, ‘Scrap Obamacare,’” he told voters in Waterloo, at his first public appearance since last Thursday’s debate. “I’m against any Republican who wants to scrap it, I’m against any Democrat who wants to scrap it.”At a campaign stop in Iowa on Thursday, Biden said he wouldn’t respond to attacks from rivals by digging up controversies from their pasts. During the debate last week, California Senator Kamala Harris criticized him in deeply personal terms about his record of opposition, when he was in the Senate, to federally mandated busing to desegregate schools.“I’m not going to go back and use the same tactic they’re trying to use,” he said in Independence, where he walked in a Fourth of July parade. “I’m not going to go back and talk about the record of anyone from 10, 20, 30 years ago. There’s a lot out there that a lot of people would like to do differently than they did but everything is lost in context.”Asked if he understood that the conversation about race has changed, he said: “Absolutely, positively I do. As much or more than anyone.”On Wednesday, members of Biden’s communications team had dueled with Harris’s campaign on Twitter about the busing issue.Pressed on whether she’d support such a mandate for busing now, Harris told reporters in West Des Moines, “I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district.”Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted in response that “it’s disappointing that Senator Harris chose to distort Vice President Biden’s position on busing — particularly now that she is tying herself in knots trying not to answer the very question she posed to him!”Harris’s national press secretary Ian Sams responded by saying that Biden had called busing an “asinine concept” and the back-and-forth continued with Sams later adding that he and Harris both thought Biden is “a good guy” and “That’s why a simple ‘working with segregationists to stop busing 40 years ago was wrong, and I shouldn’t have done it’ would be welcome.”He was referring to Biden’s comments from last month about two fellow senators in the 1970s who were advocates of segregation.Praising ObamacareOn Wednesday, Biden pointed out that many presidents before Barack Obama had tried to pass a health care bill and not succeeded. “We have to finish the job and make health care a right not a privilege,” he said.He has not yet rolled out his full health care plan, but suggested that he would favor a hybrid public-private system that could help the uninsured get coverage.“We can’t start over. There’s no time to start over in my view,” he said. “Building on what we’ve got, not starting over. Allowing people to keep their employer-based insurance or their private insurance or any insurance they have if they want. But if they don’t, allowing them the ability to buy into a public option, a health care plan like Medicare.”Biden’s shift to a more direct comparison with other candidates for the Democratic nomination comes as his poll numbers have fallen.A Quinnipiac national poll released Tuesday found Biden slipping to 22%, just 2 percentage points ahead of Harris at 20%. Senator Elizabeth Warren was next with 14% then Senator Bernie Sanders with 13%. A CNN national poll found Biden slipping 10 percentage points in one month — to 22%. Behind him was Harris with 17%, 9 percentage points higher than in CNN’s previous poll, and Warren with 15%, an 8-percentage-point gain, and Sanders with 14%, a 4-percentage-point drop.And a Focus on Rural America poll released on Wednesday showed a significant drop for Biden in Iowa and that he was essentially tied with Warren and Harris. David Binder Research, which conducted the survey, also works for Harris’s presidential campaign but began the poll before it was hired by Harris’s team.Biden’s campaign said Wednesday that it raised $ 21.5 million in the second quarter, second to Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, who took in $ 24.8 million.Biden’s team was quick to note that he entered the race on April 25, nearly a month into the quarter, meaning that he took in more per day than any other candidate. Sanders said that his campaign raised $ 18 million during the second quarter. Harris and Warren have not yet disclosed their fundraising totals.(Adds Biden campaign stop Thursday in fifth through seventh paragraphs.)To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Epstein in Waterloo, Iowa at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Scott LanmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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