(Washington, DC-AP) – Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is entering the race for president in 2020. Sanford announced on Fox News Sunday that he’s challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination.
He’s the third Republican to throw his hat in the ring, joining former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.
Sanford said he decided to run because “We need to have a conversation on what it means to be Republican.” He added, “As a Republican Party, we have lost our way.”
(Rock Hill, SC-AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden says that President Trump’s “worst instincts” could emerge as the 2020 election nears. Campaigning in South Carolina, Biden said Trump inherited a “pretty good economy” from President Obama.
Biden accused Trump of squandering steady economic gains that started long before he came into office.
The Democratic presidential candidate also expressed support for new gun safety laws after the deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Former VP Joe Biden is condemning President Trump for not stopping supporters from chanting “Send Her Back!”
Speaking today in Los Angeles, the presidential candidate said Trump is playing a game by targeting the four minority congresswomen. Biden added that Trump is “dividing the country and raising the issue of racism.”
Trump disavowed the chants that were directed at Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar during his rally in North Carolina last night. Trump said the chants started up quickly and noted that he moved on with his speech as soon as possible.
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Former VP Joe Biden is getting a big endorsement from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a prominent black politician.
Her endorsement comes as the Democratic presidential frontrunner continues to defend comments about working successfully with segregationists in the Senate decades ago.
In the Democratic presidential debate Thursday night, Biden clashed with California Senator Kamala Harris over his civil rights record. Biden challenged Harris’ claim that he opposed busing. Biden insisted that he did not oppose busing generally but was opposed to busing ordered by the Education Department.
(Miami, FL-AP) — The first Democratic debate in the 2020 presidential election cycle is right around the corner. Some in the first group of ten appearing tomorrow in Miami include Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Representative Beto O’Rourke.
Big names in the second group appearing on Thursday include former VP Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders.
The debates will air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Eastern time.
(AP) – Senator Bernie Sanders is responding to the launch of President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. In a livestream video following Trump’s rally in Orlando, the Vermont Independent blasted Trump for being a liar, racist, religious bigot, xenophobe, homophobe and sexist.
Sanders said he wants to highlight the issues that Trump didn’t talk about in his speech. He said Trump didn’t talk about issues like climate change, income inequality, health insurance issues, the gun crisis, crumbling infrastructure and education affordability.
The Democratic presidential candidate stressed that Trump is totally out of touch with reality and must be defeated in the 2020 presidential election so the country can become united again. Sanders is a Democratic presidential contender who has been a top performer in several primary polls, but he’s still behind former Vice President Joe Biden.
(SL) – It looks like some of Joe Biden’s opponents and detractors are scrambling to find something on the Vice President to tarnish his name. After attempts to connect his affection to the me too movement didn’t work and they couldn’t place full blame on Uncle Joe for the Anita Hill situation, now they somehow want him to be a racist. Insert side-eye emoji here.
The TIME reports, the controversy began at a New York fundraiser Tuesday when Biden pointed to long-dead segregationist senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia to argue that Washington functioned more smoothly a generation ago than under today’s “broken” hyperpartisanship.
“We didn’t agree on much of anything,” Biden said of the two men, who were prominent senators when Biden was elected in 1972. Biden described Talmadge as “one of the meanest guys I ever knew” and said Eastland called him “son,” though not “boy,” a reference to the racist way many whites addressed black men at the time.
Yet even in that Senate, Biden said, “At least there was some civility. We got things done.”
People then attempted to charge Biden with praising segregationist. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, another Democrat running for president, called for the apology after the former vice president made the comments. Biden fired back though saying Booker should apologize because the senator “should know better” than to question his commitment to civil rights.
“There’s not a racist bone in my body,” Biden said. “I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career.”
(Washington, DC-AP) — A new poll shows President Trump is trailing former VP Joe Biden by double-digits in a potential 2020 matchup. Biden, who blasted Trump yesterday at rallies in Iowa, has a 53-to-40-percent national lead over the President.
The Quinnipiac poll also shows five other Democratic contenders leading against the president as well. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont leads Trump in the poll 51-percent to 42-percent.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts leads Trump 49-percent to 42-percent.
(Claremont, NH-AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttiegieg says he trusts women on whether to have late-term abortions. During a Fox News town hall last night, the South Bend, Indiana mayor deflected a question about late-term abortions.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked Buttiegieg if he believes there should be any limit on a woman’s right to an abortion at any point in their pregnancy. The candidate said the debate over abortion has “gotten so caught up in where you draw the line.
I trust women to draw the line.” Buttiegieg said fewer than one-percent of abortions in the U.S. are performed during the third trimester of pregnancy
(New York, NY-AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is joining a crowded field in the Democratic race for the White House.
On ABC’s “Good Morning America” he said what sets him apart from the other candidates is that he’s proven he can improve the lives of working Americans because he’s done it in the Big Apple with universal pre-K, paid sick leave and guaranteed health care for all.
De Blasio also coined a new nickname for President Trump, calling him “Con Don.” President Trump later responded to the mayor’s 2020 announcement via Twitter calling de Blasio a “joke” and claiming “NYC hates him.”