Tag: Debates (Political)

Why the Democratic Debates Are Starting to Feel Like a Reality Show

WASHINGTON — There are fierce rivalries, long-tangled histories, deeply personal grudges — and in the end, only one winner can hold the rose. No, this isn’t “The Bachelor.” But the Democratic presidential candidates are taking part in the latest installment of a storied tradition of American politics: They are aiming to outwit, outplay and outlast […]

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Is There Anyone Who Can Unite the Democrats Besides Trump?

Are Democrats or Republicans more out of touch with the American people? In 1999, a CNN/Gallup survey asked that very question: Are Democrats or Republicans “in touch or out of touch with the American people?” Twenty years ago, a solid 57 percent majority of voters described the Democratic Party as in touch with the American […]

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U.S.-British Relationship Sounding More Testy Than ‘Special’

LONDON — Tensions in the British-American relationship moved center stage in the prime minister contest Tuesday when the two contenders for the job clashed over President Trump’s visceral attack on the British ambassador to the United States. The sharp exchanges in a televised debate underscored the strains on ties between the countries at a critical […]

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The Meaning of Marianne Williamson

One of the pleasures of the Democratic primary season so far has been watching some of my colleagues in the press have their first exposure to Marianne Williamson, a figure who has occupied an important role in the American religious landscape since my own mysticism-shadowed youth, without always getting the credit for cultural influence that […]

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Warren and Harris Rise in Democratic Primary, Challenging Male Front-Runners

LAS VEGAS — When Beth Krerowicz began reviewing the platoon of Democratic presidential candidates, her first instinct was to back Joseph R. Biden Jr., whom she saw as the strongest opponent to President Trump. But recently, Ms. Krerowicz, 58, began to have second thoughts. So this week she trekked to a community center not far […]

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Momentum for Harris, Big Haul for Buttigieg: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to catch up on the presidential campaign and the field of 24 candidates for the Democratic nomination. Here’s our latest edition: Harris gets a bump from the debates An immediate consensus emerged among pundits and the political class after the first […]

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Is Campaign-Trail Spanish Really What Latino Voters Want to Hear?

MIAMI — In his months on the campaign trail, Beto O’Rourke has wanted to make one thing explicitly clear: He is not a pendejo. Never mind whether anyone in the audience understands the Spanish slang for idiot, it is now a standard part of his stump speech: “We don’t want our kids looking back at […]

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Telemundo, Presidential Debate Under Its Belt, Moves Into 2020 Spotlight

MIAMI — Twenty miles west of Miami’s glittering oceanfront, closer to the Everglades than to the Fontainebleau hotel, a hangar-size office building rises from the flatlands like a spaceship. The employees here enjoy tech-industry perks like unlimited coffee, gourmet lunch options and 24-hour dry-cleaning service. For those who drive to the office, a smartphone app […]

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Democrats Grapple With a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It

WASHINGTON — John Deeth is the sort of Iowa activist who keeps up with every new twist in the Democratic presidential primary, but there was no way he was going to devote two evenings to watching the first round of debates last week. Instead Mr. Deeth, a 55-year-old from Iowa City who has volunteered for […]

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Is Biden Doomed?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Was Kamala Harris’s debate-stage takedown the beginning of the end for Joe Biden’s front-runner status? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists take stock of the 2020 Democratic primary so far. Biden’s shakiness on […]

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Here Are the Democrats at Risk of Not Making the July Debates

With just four weeks to go until the second set of Democratic presidential primary debates, a handful of lower-tier candidates are in danger of missing them. A single percentage point of support in one poll could be the difference between getting invited to Detroit and being left off the debate stage. A New York Times […]

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It’s a Question No One Says They Want to Ask. But the Women Running for President Keep Hearing It.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Some people whisper it, some apologize for it, and some are very careful to mention their neighbors — their neighbors would be the ones to ask. “Do you really think a woman could be elected president?” In ways subtle and overt, Democrats keep hearing that same question, even days after debates where […]

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Kamala Harris Surges in 3 Polls After Strong Debate Performance

After a strong performance in her first Democratic presidential debate, Senator Kamala Harris of California saw a significant increase in support in three polls released this week, as she and the rest of the Democratic primary field cut into the lead that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has enjoyed since entering the 2020 […]

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Preaching Faith in Democracy

By Courtney E. Martin Ms. Martin is the author, most recently, of “The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream.” As Rotary Clubs ready their parade floats in small towns and Macy’s prepares its multimillion-dollar fireworks show in New York, there’s a quieter, more reflective kind of patriotism beginning to spring up in cities throughout […]

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Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have to Believe in Joe Biden’s Innocence

Symbolic representation has its problems. You can’t fix structural inequality with a palette swap of the people in charge. The selective elevation of a lucky few isn’t a substitute for broad-based opportunity. And “skinfolk,” as the old proverb goes, aren’t always “kinfolk.” But that doesn’t mean it lacks value. When people from historically excluded groups […]

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Kamala Harris Fundraising Effort Nets $2 Million in 24 Hours After Debate

WASHINGTON — Senator Kamala Harris of California raised $2 million in the first 24 hours following the start of Thursday’s presidential primary debate, a total that suggests her performance resonated with many Democratic donors. Ms. Harris, whose preplanned sparring with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. over his record on race relations was the […]

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Kamala Harris’s Moment, Voting Rights, Yet Another Candidate: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to follow the presidential campaign and the field of 24 candidates for the Democratic nomination. Trust us, we know how hard it is to keep up. ImageSenator Kamala Harris of California confronted Joseph R. Biden Jr. in a memorable exchange on […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Shares, Then Deletes, a Tweet Questioning Kamala Harris’s Race

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, shared another person’s tweet with his millions of followers during the Democratic debate on Thursday that falsely claimed Senator Kamala Harris was not black enough to be discussing the plight of black Americans. “Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves,” Ali Alexander, […]

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