Tag: 2020 presidential race

Post-Debate Analysis: Kamala Harris Did a Good Thing and Elizabeth Warren Held It Down

“Dude got to go,” Sen. Kamala Harris said at last night’s debate in Ohio when asked about Donald Trump and his mishandling of Syria and Turkey. “What Donald Trump has done because of that phone call with Erdogan is basically giving 10,000 ISIS fighters a get-out-of-jail-free card,” Harris said. “And you know who the winner […]

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Live Blog: The Democratic Debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio

Hosted by CNN and The New York Times, the Democratic presidential debate will see 12 candidates on stage for three hours. Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Greetings from The Root! Senior reporter Terrell Jermaine Starr will be live blogging the Democratic debate tonight from New York City. Please watch with us as Starr gives his […]

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Pre-Debate Analysis: Don’t Fall for Trump’s Conspiracy Theories on Ukraine

Tonight’s debate will potentially be a make-or-break moment for former Vice President Joe Biden, depending on how well he handles questions concerning his diplomacy in Ukraine as well as his son’s past business dealings in the country. ABC News broadcast an interview with Hunter Biden this morning where he admitted his decision to join the […]

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White Domestic Terrorism as a National Security Threat Presents Challenges for 2020 Presidential Candidates

A man carries a ‘Racism RIP’ sign at a makeshift memorial honoring victims outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on Aug. 6, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. A 21-year-old white male suspect remains in custody.Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) U.S. national security conversations have traditionally […]

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Could This Be the End of the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign?

Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) Bernie Sanders—the 78-year-old three-term senator from Vermont who is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history (he also served in the House of Representatives for 16 years)—was hospitalized after experiencing “chest discomfort” during a campaign event Tuesday evening. According to the New York Times, Jeff Weaver, a […]

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Cory Booker Raises Enough Money to Continue White House Bid

Photo: Sean Raeford (Getty Images) Of all the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey may be the best-educated. He has three solid debate performances under his belt with no real slip-ups. His past is relatively scandal-free, and sources say that Cory Booker’s drug dealer friend would kick […]

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Biden Gets Impeachment, Castro Talks High Rents and Booker’s Totally Spent: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 11

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images The Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings takes a one-week snapshot of the campaign season and imagines, using just that week, which candidate running for president would be best for black America. Most weeks we (me, Dr. Jason Johnson, politics editor of The Root; Marcus Ferrell, former […]

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Booker’s Campaign May Go Belly Up If Donors Don’t Pony Up $1.7 Milly by End of Month

Presidential hopeful Corey Booker’s campaign manager warns he may not be in 2020 race ‘much longer’ in memo.Photo: AP Cory Booker’s coffers need more folks to start coughing up some coins. And fast. On Saturday, the Democratic presidential candidate hopeful’s campaign sent out a memo asking his supporters to raise $1.7 million by Sept. 30 […]

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Sorry to This Man: Alleged NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Bows Out of Presidential Race

Photo: Sean Rayford (Getty Images) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially ended his presidential campaign today, writing in an NBC News op-ed, “I have contributed all I can to this Democratic primary.” “This campaign has been a profound experience for me,” de Blasio wrote. “I saw America in full—not as it appears on […]

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Pose, but Make It Presidential: Actress-Activist Angelica Ross to Host a Democratic Candidate Forum on LGBTQ+ Issues

Angelica Ross attends the red carpet event for FX’s “Pose” at Pacific Design Center on August 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) We fell in love with Angelica Ross as the always-ready-with-a-clapback “Candy” on FX’s Pose, but it’ll be the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who will soon get a taste of […]

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Biden Brings the Pain, Warren Starts to Gain and Yang Makes It Rain: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 9

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images We’re back! Yes, after a short break, The Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings are back just in time for the Hunger Games of the third Democratic debates and the post-Labor Day campaign push. When we last left our field of would-be Donald Trump challengers, there were […]

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Bill de Blasio Talks ICE, Sex Work Decriminalization and Why Black People Should Support His Campaign

Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020. New York City Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio said Donald Trump won the 2016 Election because people stayed home instead of hitting the polls, not because the majority of the country is racist (03:25). […]

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No Regrets? NYC Mayor and Presidential Candidate Bill de Blasio Gets Real About Eric Garner, the NYPD, and Policing

Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020. New York City Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio has no regrets over how he handled the legal proceedings of Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who killed Eric Garner. During his interview with The Root, de […]

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Kamala Harris Apologizes for Laughing at ‘Mentally Retarded’ Remark About Trump

Photo: Robert F. Bukaty (AP) The political campaign trail is no laughing matter. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris learned that the hard way after being called out for her reaction to a rallygoer who called Donald Trump’s actions “mentally retarded” at a campaign event on Friday. Disability rights activists criticized the California senator after […]

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Castro Punches His Ticket, Harris Starts to Fidget and Yang starts to Kick It: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 8

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) We made it. After eight full weeks of Twitter spats, campaign gossip, polls and memes, we’ve reached our first bye week of The Root’s Presidential Black Power Rankings. Not only have the power rankings been a rousing success, with people eagerly anticipating each week, the engagement we’ve engendered (which […]

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Castro Gives Trump a Slap, Harris Gets a New Rap, and Stacey Abrams Sets a VP Thirst Trap: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 7

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) “Smart white people know how to hire black people who actually KNOW black people.” Yours truly (Dr. Jason Johnson politics editor for the Root) and Marcus Ferrell, (former Black Outreach for Bernie Sanders in 2016) and the rest of the Power Rankings Committee came to this conclusion this week […]

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Beto Goes Blue, Warren Wilts and Harris Goes O.G. AG: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 6

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Mass shootings hit in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas; the stock market crashes; and Toni Morrison passes away. Why is it that every week of the Donald Trump presidency feels like a depressing opening scroll in some post-apocalyptic ’80s movie? In last week’s power rankings we noted that in […]

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Booker Bodies Biden, Bernie Gets Cardi, and Kamala Gets Clapped: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 5

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Before you read The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings for week 5, we want you to close your eyes and use your imagination. It’s January 2023: Lil Nas X has just accepted a Grammy for his 32nd remix of “Old Town Road”; Facebook has just rolled out its new […]

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Dems Descend on Detroit for Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr DETROIT—Here in the Motor City, locals are looking for Democratic candidates to prove one thing: Can you beat Donald Trump? This is not a question germane to Detroit—indeed, Trump is wildly unpopular with black people nationally—but what makes this city particularly vital is that it is the biggest black city in […]

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Bernie Blows It, Beto Shows It, and Biden Finally Grows a Bit: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 4

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) This week’s power rankings had a one-week gap because we had a lot of events we wanted to cover to make sure candidates were staying on their toes. We know you missed us. (So did the 2020 Democratic campaigns, who kept asking when the new rankings were coming out. […]

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