Tag: Iowa

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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2020 Democrats Fan Out Across Iowa and New Hampshire on Labor Day

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The 2020 Democratic primary race this Labor Day weekend was more about hearty handshakes and nice-to-meetchas, picnic drop-bys and ice cream socials, than sharp-elbowed politicking or thundering speeches as many of the 20 candidates sought out voters and news media cameras across Iowa and New Hampshire. Two of the leading candidates, […]

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Trump Could Get His Wildest Primary Challenge Yet With ‘Mr. Appalachian Trail’ Mark Sanford

DES MOINES, Iowa — Mark Sanford thinks it’s pretty rich that President Donald Trump is attacking him for having an extramarital affair. But he’s savvy enough to know it comes with the territory when you’re publicly mulling a primary bid against this president. “There’s a certain level of irony — given his record — in […]

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Fearing Hackers, D.N.C. Plans to Block Iowa’s ‘Virtual’ Caucuses

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee is preparing to block Iowa Democrats’ plans to allow some caucusgoers to vote by phone next year, bowing to security concerns about the process being hacked, according to four people with knowledge of the decision. The committee’s announcement, expected to come by Friday afternoon in the form of a […]

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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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A Tom Steyer Debate Spot Is in Limbo. His Money Is Poised to Upend 2020 Anyway.

DES MOINES — As Tom Steyer, the 62-year-old billionaire former hedge funder and impeachment impresario, made his first trip to Iowa as a 2020 candidate this month, he embarked on the usual political circuit. He delivered a soapbox speech at the state fair (“We have to break the corporate stranglehold on our democracy,” he said), […]

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Is the Biden Bubble About to Burst?

Joe Biden never thought he’d have to do this. Positioned, as he was, as the affable veep to an immensely popular president, the veteran of three previous bids for the Democratic nomination assumed a presidential primary was just a way to garner free media until main event, the general election. But, since declaring his candidacy […]

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Democrats to Union Members: The Economy Is Failing You

ALTOONA, Iowa — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Wednesday rolled out an ambitious plan to strengthen organized labor in the United States, setting a goal of doubling union membership in his first term as president. Mr. Sanders was among the biggest names in a procession of Democratic presidential candidates who affirmed their support for […]

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Joe Biden’s Poll Numbers Mask an Enthusiasm Gap

PROLE, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. is coasting in the national polls. Surveys show him ahead of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups against President Trump. He has maintained a lead in Iowa all summer, despite facing months of controversies over his record and his campaign missteps. But less than two weeks before Labor […]

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Indian Country Is Finally Getting the Political Attention It Deserves

It took 243 years, but the path to the United States presidency, or at least the Democratic nomination, will run through Indian Country. On August 19 and 20, eight presidential candidates will descend on Sioux City, IA, to participate in the Frank Lamere Native Presidential Forum. The two-day event, named after the late member of […]

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Hickenlooper Exits as O’Rourke Presses On: This Week in the 2020 Race

ImageCreditIvan Pierre Aguirre for The New York Times O’Rourke tries the reset button After 22 people were shot to death at an El Paso Walmart this month, former Representative Beto O’Rourke quickly returned to his hometown to grieve with and support his friends and neighbors. Soon, a fiercer presidential candidate emerged. Mr. O’Rourke called President […]

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Steve King Asks if There Would Be ‘Any Population’ Left Without Rape and Incest

Representative Steve King of Iowa, a Republican whose history of making racist and divisive remarks led him to be stripped of his committee assignments earlier this year, questioned Wednesday if there would “be any population of the world left” if it were not for rape and incest. Mr. King, who represents a deeply conservative district […]

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Iowa Rep. Steve King Continues to Be Steve King: If Not for Rape and Incest, Would There Be Any Population Left?

Photo: Joshua Lott (Getty Images) Iowa Rep. Steve King is the pus-filled boil on America’s ass. Assuming, of course, that the boil is so racist that the New York Times was able to create a timeline of all the racist shit that he’s said. Steve King is so racist that he retweets neo-Nazis. He’s so […]

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Why Bernie Sanders Stood Out at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES — Bernie Sanders examined the butter cow. He power-walked by the Ferris wheel. He gobbled a corn dog. He spoke to almost no one. Most presidential candidates use the 10-day Iowa State Fair to showcase their retail campaigning skills, because it is one of the best opportunities to meet a wide cross-section of […]

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The Pundit-Defying Idiosyncrasies of Iowa Voters

On Friday, Julie Allen, a 62-year-old Medicaid consultant, took time off work to sit in the scorching sun at a midday, open-air rally for Joe Biden in Boone, Iowa. In 2016, she told me, she was “all in” for Bernie Sanders, but she now feels “he’s past his time,” and as she considers her choices […]

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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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