Tag: democratic presidential candidates

The Caucasian Candidate’s Guide to Black Voters

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) So you want to be president. In America, reaching the pinnacle of any career doesn’t usually require the consent or approval of black people. In fact, it is possible to lead one of the most profitable companies in America; govern the state of Alabama; determine whether or not America has […]

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Kamala Harris Drops Out of Presidential Race Amid Rumors of a Directionless Campaign That Was Hemorrhaging Cash

Photo: SAUL LOEB (Getty Images) Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the spitfire with the HBCU bonafides, has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race amid rumors that her campaign lacked direction, had no cash and “no real plan to win,” according to one campaign staffer who resigned and burned the bridge on her way out the […]

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Deval Patrick Is Running for President Because…Reasons

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, rumored since last year to be contemplating a run for the White House, officially joined the 2020 Democratic presidential race today, prompting untold scores of people to ask: “Sir, are you serious??” In an announcement video published online Thursday morning, Patrick stressed the need for unity and building a “more […]

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Buttigieg Says ‘It’s Gonna be Me,’ Harris Says ‘Just Wait and See’ and Booker Says His Campaign’s So Good He Shouldn’t Have to Run for Free: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 17

When am I going to get my invitation? Elie [Mystal] got to do it and I haven’t yet?  Which week can I do it? I’d like to pretend that these are typical texts, tweets and messages we get from politicos interested in being the special guest analyst for The Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings […]

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Beto, His Campaign Pockets Light and His Poll Numbers Low, Bows Out of His Run for the Oval Office

Beto O’Rourke speaks during the Democratic presidential debate in Ohio Oct. 15, 2019.Photo: Win McNamee (Getty) Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke on Friday took himself out of the running for the Democratic presidential nomination, bowing to low campaign coffers and even lower poll numbers. The once-darling of the Democratic Party, who won acclaim last year […]

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Irony: Harris, Booker and Castro Face Uphill Battle in Race for the Democratic Nod for President Despite a Diverse Field

Despite fielding one of the most diverse group of presidential candidates, the Democratic Party’s front-runners in the race for who will become the party’s presidential nominee, based on most recent poll numbers, are — perhaps not-all-that-surprisingly — all white. One major problem, the New York Times reports, is fear of four more years of Donald Trump, […]

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HBCU Benedict College Is Set to Host a Criminal Justice Forum Featuring None Other Than Donald Trump

Benedict College will play host to a criminal-justice forum this weekend, and Donald Trump is slated to be one of the speakers at the HBCU. Located in election 2020 battleground South Carolina, Benedict is hosting the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum from Friday to Sunday, and Trump is set to headline Friday’s one-day symposium, […]

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‘Bernie’s Back’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Plan to Endorse Bernie Sanders

Three out of four members of “The Squad”—the influential freshmen congresswomen who have become the face of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing—are planning to endorse Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for president. The Washington Post first broke the news Tuesday night, as Sanders and other top Democratic presidential contenders traded barbs and made the case for […]

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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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Elizabeth Warren Reportedly ‘Courting’ Andrew Gillum as Possible VP Pick

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); former Fla. gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew GillumPhoto: Scott Eisen (Getty), Joe Skipper (Getty) Could a Warren-Gillum ticket be in the works? An election 2020 ticket featuring Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Gillum, the Democratic former mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., who came thisclose to being the Sunshine State’s […]

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Biden Calls for Trump’s Impeachment, Openly Aiming for His GOP Rival’s Head for the 1st Time

Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on Oct. 9, 2019, in Rochester, N.H. For the first time, Biden has publicly called for Donald Trump to be impeached.Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty) After almost daily pointed attacks by Donald Trump as he tries to wiggle his way out of the Ukraine scandal, Joe Biden is finally striking […]

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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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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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Kamala Harris Proposes Spending $10 Trillion (Yes, That’s Trillion With a ‘T’) to Fight Climate Change

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty) A problem of global proportion perhaps demands a solution of similar dimensions, and on Wednesday, Democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris proposed a $10 trillion plan to combat global warming, aka climate change. The California senator announced her plan Wednesday ahead of a CNN-sponsored Democratic candidates’ forum on ways […]

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State Democratic Leaders to Presidential Hopefuls: Remember Y’all Ain’t Barack Obama

Barack Obama in Berlin April 6, 2019 Photo: Sean Gallup (Getty) Barack Obama may still be Democrats’ (and just about everyone else’s) fave, but party leaders weren’t too happy when he decided to form a competitive political group, Organizing for Action. Now, the current crop of leading Democratic presidential hopefuls have pledged that they won’t […]

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Looks Like Uncle Joe’s Gaffes May Be Catching Up With Him; New Poll Finds Him Slipping Into 3-Way Tie With Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Former Vice President Joe Biden is learning quickly that he’s not President Trump and he can’t just run out here saying anything and still get elected. Recently, America’s dumb-ass Uncle Joe came out of his face to ask a crowd to imagine if America’s first black president, would’ve been assassinated. […]

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Watch: Cardi B Chops It Up With Bernie Sanders Over Wages, Student Loans and Getting Rid of This ‘Bully’ President

Photo: David Dee Delgado/ (Getty) Cardi B sat down with presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to “educate” her followers on the issues fans told her they wanted to discuss, and they got an earful on everything from erasing student loan debt to ending police brutality. Recorded at the TEN Nail Bar in Detroit last month, video […]

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Splitting the Baby: Kamala Harris’ ‘Medicare for All’ Plan Sees a Role for Private Health Insurers

Kamala Harris speaking in New Orleans at the Essence Fest July 6, 2019Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty for Essence) A day before the myriad Democrats vying to unseat Donald Trump face off in a second set of debates, presidential hopeful and California Sen. Kamala Harris put forth a plan to gradually move the nation to a […]

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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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Kamala Harris Tackles ‘Opportunity Gap’ With Plan to Grow Black Wealth by Investing Some $75 Billion in Entrepreneurship and HBCUs

Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty) With less access to traditional bank loans and often saddled with higher student debt burdens than other racial groups, African Americans are often hard-pressed to come up with the capital needed to start businesses. With that in mind, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Friday will unveil a multibillion-dollar […]

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Elizabeth Warren Takes a Bite Out of the Bernie Bros With $19 Million Haul in Campaign Cash

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in campaign cash over the past three months, beating the take of similarly politically progressive rival Sen. Bernie Sanders during the same period. The numbers suggest Warren may be viewed as a more politically viable alternative to Sanders. And, as the New York […]

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‘Electability’ Is Just Another Word for White Supremacy

Image: iStock Black people know things. Despite the systematic erasure of our history, the centuries-long intentional miseducation and the collective brainwashing that this country has inflicted on us, there are certain things that black people just know. Whether it is instinctive or passed down through generations, our continued existence depends on an inherited education that […]

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We Know Pride Month Is Technically Over, but Can We Revisit Kamala Harris’ Bedazzled Rainbow Jacket?

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) rides in a car during the SF Pride Parade on June 30, 2019 in San Francisco.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) No, it’s not #ThrowbackThursday, but remember a time, say, exactly four years and one week ago today (a much happier, more hopeful time), when same-sex marriage was […]

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