Tag: Bullock, Steve

How the Next Democratic Debate Offers a New Start for Second-Tier Candidates

WASHINGTON — Senator Amy Klobuchar is going to spend nearly all her time and money on Iowa, visiting each of the state’s 99 counties with hopes that old-fashioned retail politics can inject new life into her campaign there. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has not matched his prolific fund-raising with significant growth in the polls, is […]

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Are Democrats Throwing Away the Senate?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Could Democrats actually retake the Senate next year? Or are they already blowing their best chance? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk the state of the other 2020 race(s) worth paying attention […]

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Low-Polling Democrats Soldier On

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Dozens of reporters and photographers descended on the Hawkeye Downs speedway, all waiting for one man to appear at a local Labor Day picnic. That man was not Michael Bennet. “We’re having a great Labor Day in Iowa,” said Mr. Bennet, the Colorado senator and still a presidential candidate, showing up […]

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Both Parties See Control of the Senate as Pivotal. Here Are the Key Races They’re Watching.

WASHINGTON — The battle for the White House may be the marquee political event of 2020, but it is the rapidly intensifying struggle for control of the Senate that will determine how power is truly wielded in Washington come 2021. As Republicans assess President Trump’s uncertain re-election chances, they see maintaining control of the Senate […]

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Democratic Candidates Jostle, and Gripe, as Debates Winnow the Field

WASHINGTON — The suspense was high. The hour was late. The questions about the next Democratic debate were many: Ten candidates or 11? Two nights or one? One billionaire or none? A debate qualifying process that was equal parts spectacle and grievance session ticked toward a midnight deadline on Wednesday with one thing certain: The […]

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Democrats Are Getting Very Serious About the Native American Vote

What do the 573 federally recognized nations of American Indians and Alaska Natives all have in common? A never-ending need for lawyers. The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum held this week in Sioux City, Iowa, at which 11 presidential candidates fielded questions from indigenous elected officials and activists, was a rousing two-day argument for […]

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Is the Senate Really Not ‘Good Enough’?

WASHINGTON — Has no one told these people about the free candy? When former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado dropped out of the presidential race on Thursday, he made a point of noting that people were all but begging him to run for the Senate. Mr. Hickenlooper, who had previously dismissed a Senate run, said […]

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On Gun Control, 2020 Democrats Agree: No Reason to Hold Back

DES MOINES — Democrats running for president have engaged in bitter disputes this year over topics like health care, immigration and criminal justice. But after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, jolted the nation earlier this month, the field of 2020 contenders seemed to move in lock step toward more aggressive gun control […]

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At Iowa’s Wing Ding Dinner, Democrats Assail G.O.P. on Gun Control

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — The Democratic presidential candidates paused here for a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, underscoring how the turbulent events of the past week have refocused the primary contest. The brief lull in the primary campaign came as nearly the entire field […]

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Can Anyone Catch Joe Biden?

DES MOINES — The pack of cheering voters, sweating reporters and snapping cameras surrounding Joe Biden made its way through the Iowa State Fair like a pulsating amoeba, consuming everyone and everything in its path. “Do you like being the front-runner?” a reporter shouted Thursday afternoon. “What about calling President Trump a white supremacist, like […]

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Moderates Faltered at Tuesday’s Debate. Will Joe Biden Do Better Tonight?

DETROIT — At Tuesday night’s debate, the moderate Democrats delivered a chorus of complaints, to little apparent effect: They argued single-payer health care would never work in America. They insisted that decriminalizing border crossings would be politically toxic. They accused the liberals of misunderstanding the economy and overlooking the essential conservatism of big parts of […]

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Five Debate Takeaways

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. A few takeaways from last night’s debate: I thought Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Steve Bullock did the most effective jobs of delivering their messages (which isn’t to say I agreed with everything they said). You can […]

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Democratic Debate Turns Ferocious Over Health Care

WASHINGTON — It took only one question — the very first — in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate to make it clear that the issue that united the party in last year’s congressional elections in many ways now divides it. When Jake Tapper of CNN asked Senator Bernie Sanders whether his Medicare for All […]

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What to Watch For Tonight in the CNN Democratic Debate

You can watch the debate, which is taking place in Detroit, on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International. It will also be available on streaming services. The 10 Democratic candidates will have 60-second opening statements followed by 60 seconds to answer questions from the CNN moderators, Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper. Each […]

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This Guy Got Republicans to Vote for a Democrat

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Remember representative democracy? The kind where we voters pick the least objectionable politician to defend the Constitution while we pay our taxes and live our lives? Consider my governor, Steve Bullock of Montana. He is so reasonable, trustworthy and effective that before he started running for president a couple of months ago […]

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Here’s Why John Hickenlooper and His Banjo Are Still in the 2020 Race

HANOVER, N.H. — Can John Hickenlooper interest you in a joke? “What’s the opposite of woe?” Mr. Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor and still-presidential-candidate, asked inside a hotel reception room last week, testing a favorite equine comedy bit before tens of listeners. “Giddy up!” A few people giggled cooperatively. All right, how about some biography? […]

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Democratic Candidates Hoping to Woo Black Voters, Gather at S.C. Fish Fry

[Sign up for our politics newsletter, and we’ll send you a reminder about our live chat on debate night.] COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly every Democratic presidential candidate converged in South Carolina on Friday to pay homage to the state party’s most powerful political kingmaker and court black voters and women — two of its crucial […]

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‘Who’s Taking Care of the Kids?’ Is Finally a Question for Dads on the Trail, Too

[Sign up for our politics newsletter, and we’ll send you an invite to our live chat on debate night.] Representative Eric Swalwell can rattle off the best places to pump breastmilk in an airport. Julián Castro broke from the campaign trail for the last day of preschool. And Gov. Steve Bullock postponed the announcement of […]

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