Tag: Debates (Political)

How to Get Trump Voters and Liberals to Talk: Don’t Make Anyone Sit in a Circle

SAN FRANCISCO — When four Republicans and five Democrats got together at a high-end condominium complex to talk for seven hours in San Francisco this fall it was such a curiosity that a crowd of more than a dozen gathered just to watch. Where had they found these Trump supporters in the first place, some […]

Read More

Biden Needs to Deliver His Message. Words Keep Getting in the Way.

WEST POINT, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. was making an impassioned case for protecting undocumented immigrants one recent Sunday when he abruptly stopped himself. “There’s many more things, but —” he said before trailing off at a union forum. Minutes later, Mr. Biden interrupted himself again. “So there’s a, there’s — my time up?” […]

Read More

Tim Ryan Out, Polls at Odds: This Week in the 2020 Race

And then there were 18, which was still the largest presidential field ever. Here’s a rundown of what happened on the campaign trail this week. One campaign ends … Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio ended his presidential bid on Thursday, saying he was proud of his campaign for “giving voice to the forgotten people of […]

Read More

Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren? New Polls Differ on Who’s Leading 2020 Race

Just over three months before Iowans caucus for Democratic presidential candidates, four polls out this week present a muddled picture of a primary race that is unfolding in varying, and sometimes conflicting, ways nationally and in early-voting states. A pair of new national polls present starkly different results. A CNN survey released Wednesday had former […]

Read More

How to Win Impeachment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Right now, impeachment seems destined to end with President Trump’s acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. But is there anything Democrats can do to change that outcome? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss […]

Read More

All-Female Panel Will Moderate Next Democratic Debate in Georgia

Four female journalists will moderate the Democratic primary debate next month in Georgia, including a repeat appearance by the star commentator Rachel Maddow, NBC News said on Wednesday. Ms. Maddow, who was a moderator at the Democratic debate in June, will be joined by the veteran NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell and a pair of […]

Read More

Is God Skipping the Democratic Primary?

The most recent Democratic debate lasted three hours and, according to one transcript I checked, exceeded 30,000 words. Almost none of them were about religion. God came up only in throwaway phrases. “God bless Kamala,” said Cory Booker, praising Kamala Harris for discussing reproductive rights. Joe Biden scattered “for God’s sake” and “God forbid” like […]

Read More

In Iowa, Amy Klobuchar Gets a Second Look After Debate

MASON CITY, Iowa — Before last week, Beth Kundel Vogel was undecided when it came to the Democratic presidential hopefuls. But in the debate on Tuesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota impressed her by calling out Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusets for offering voters a “pipe dream” rather than a plan to pay for universal […]

Read More

The City Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Would Have Loved to Live In

Since the presidential campaign began, the prospect that socialism would seize the Democratic Party has animated Republicans and created anxiety for many Democrats. Last Tuesday, hours before the Democratic debate, President Trump’s campaign flew a 105-foot-long banner reading “Socialism Destroys Ohio Jobs: Vote Trump” over the debate site in Westerville, Ohio. At the same time, […]

Read More

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Endorsing Bernie Sanders. Will That Matter?

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont needed a big moment at the Democratic debate on Tuesday. Absent from the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack two weeks earlier, he and his aides were aware that his performance and his health would be under intense scrutiny. Mr. Sanders made his mark, but it did not occur […]

Read More

A Debate, Endorsements and Counting Cash: This Week in the 2020 Race

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, appearing at his first event since his heart attack two weeks earlier, seemed like his old self and aimed to dispel some of the concerns about his health. And Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota had big nights, sparring with Ms. Warren and […]

Read More

The Other Candidates Are Coming for Warren

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Under attack from her Democratic rivals, can Elizabeth Warren hold on to her new front-runner status in the 2020 presidential primary? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the fallout from the fourth […]

Read More

Two-Person Race? Moderates, and Bernie Sanders, Say Not So Fast

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For months, the Democratic presidential race has seemed to move inexorably toward a confrontation between former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. As Ms. Warren gathered financial support and strength in the polls, Mr. Biden steadily slid on both fronts while the rest of the Democratic […]

Read More

Which Candidates Won Last Night’s Democratic Debate? Six Experts Weigh In

Before Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate, we asked political debate coaches and experts to tell us what each candidate needed to do to have a good night. Here’s that story. Today, we asked the experts how the candidates did. Our panel Karen Dunn, debate adviser to the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns Aaron Kall, director […]

Read More

Republicans, Defiant After Debate, Throw Punches on Impeachment and Economy

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his allies sought to turn the Democratic debate on Tuesday night into a referendum on the congressional impeachment inquiry, accusing the party’s presidential candidates and its leaders in Washington of pursuing a vendetta against Mr. Trump while ignoring more pressing pocketbook issues. But Republicans also saw an opportunity to seize […]

Read More

Tom Steyer and a Billionaire’s Conundrum

ImageRepresentative Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer and Senator Cory Booker at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate.CreditJohn Minchillo/Associated Press Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today by email, here’s the sign-up.) On Tuesday night, 12 Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Ohio for the biggest primary debate in history. My boss — Marc Lacey, […]

Read More

Unified Against Trump on Syria, Democrats Struggle to Define Alternate Strategy

WASHINGTON — For nearly two decades, Republicans have dominated national security debates, portraying themselves as tough on terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and tough on a recalcitrant, disruptive Russia. On Tuesday night, Democrats sensed an opportunity to retake that ground, attacking President Trump’s impulsive action in Syria as a gift to the Islamic […]

Read More

The Moderates Strike Back: The 4th Democratic Debate

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Last night in Ohio, The New York Times co-hosted a presidential debate for the first time in more than a decade. Marc Lacey, The Times’s National editor, moderated the event with the CNN anchors Erin Burnett […]

Read More

It Was the Best of Warren. It Was the Worst of Warren.

If you had any question before Tuesday night’s debate about which Democratic presidential candidate is effectively the front-runner, the first half-hour answered it. Pete Buttigieg went after Elizabeth Warren, wondering why she was so intent on abolishing private health insurance and suggesting that her stance would dangerously intensify political polarization in America. Amy Klobuchar went […]

Read More

A Night for the Not-Bidens

The ridiculous number of candidates on the Democratic stage last night created a fundamentally misleading aural and visual impression. Watching without access to polling data, you might have imagined that this was some sort of wild careening mess of a primary race, when really it’s remarkably consolidated. There is a Joe Biden constituency that seems […]

Read More