Tag: Klobuchar, Amy

Sanders and Bloomberg Under Attack in Sharp Exchanges in Debate

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Democratic presidential candidates delivered a barrage of criticism against their party’s emerging front-runner, Senator Bernie Sanders, at a debate on Tuesday night, casting him as a divisive figure with unrealistic ideas, even as they continued to batter Michael R. Bloomberg for his extreme wealth, his record on policing and his behavior […]

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Live Updates Ahead of Tonight’s Democratic Debate in South Carolina

ImageThe stage for the Democratic debate this evening at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The South Carolina primary, where 54 delegates are at stake, is on Saturday. Last week’s debate in Las Vegas was the fiercest yet as candidates took more personal swipes at one another. With the addition of […]

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Pete Buttigieg vs. Amy Klobuchar: An Abridged History of Midwestern Iciness

It is the lone Democratic matchup worthy of the boxing clichés that sometimes pepper political debate coverage: The gloves are off for a Midwest-style rumble that’s hotter than a hot dish, as two sparring partners in last week’s debate meet again on Tuesday night for a rubber match that — if previous rounds are any […]

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Divisiveness Among 2020 Democratic Hopefuls Hits New Level

No one has tagged a rival with a bully-boy nickname like “Sleepy” or “Liddle.” But as push comes to shove in the Democratic primary, candidates and their surrogates have descended to a level of personal animus that was rare before the era of President Trump. On Monday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. launched a digital ad […]

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Divisiveness Among 2020 Democratic Hopefuls Hits New Low

No one has tagged a rival with a bully-boy nickname like “Sleepy” or “Liddle.” But as push comes to shove in the Democratic primary, candidates and their surrogates have descended to a level of personal animus that was rare before the era of President Trump. On Monday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. launched a digital ad […]

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Why Amy Klobuchar Voted for Many of Trump’s Judicial Nominees

WASHINGTON — On the campaign trail, from the debate stage and in private fund-raisers, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota trumpets her years of experience as a lawmaker and her bipartisan appeal as a pragmatist as the central assets that would make her the toughest Democratic nominee to face off against President Trump. But one aspect […]

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5 Takeaways from the Nevada Caucuses (The Big One: Sanders Takes Control)

LAS VEGAS — Senator Bernie Sanders won big on Saturday and is now the clear front-runner. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. saved enough face to march on to his must-win in South Carolina a week from now. Pete Buttigieg finished in the top tier again and embraced the urgency of knocking down a […]

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Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada Caucuses, Strengthening His Primary Lead

LAS VEGAS — Senator Bernie Sanders claimed a major victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday that demonstrated his broad appeal in the first racially diverse state in the presidential primary race and established him as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination. In a significant show of force, the progressive Mr. Sanders was leading […]

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Nevada Caucuses Could Be a Preview of What’s to Come

The Nevada caucuses on Saturday will be the first contest of the Democratic presidential race with a racial makeup that (very roughly) reflects the population of the nation as a whole. So while the actual delegate haul is rather small, the results could be read as a preview of what’s to come in the weeks […]

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One Guaranteed Winner in the Democratic Primary: Plans to Tax the Rich

WASHINGTON — The Democratic primary race remains highly unpredictable as Nevada’s caucuses are held on Saturday, but there is one thing we already know for sure about the party’s next presidential nominee: She or he has big plans to tax the very rich. Every leading candidate in the party’s 2020 field — from relative moderates […]

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The Democrats Are in Trouble

I’ve been enthusiastic about Mike Bloomberg’s race for president from its inception, partly on the theory that he was best positioned to rescue and represent the Democratic Party’s moderate wing. After Wednesday night’s debate debacle in Las Vegas, I’m starting to fear his candidacy might inadvertently destroy that wing — while wrecking the party’s chances […]

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A Democratic Piñata Party

As the Democratic presidential candidates bandage their wounds and assess their strategies after Wednesday’s debate, one thing is clear: Bernie Sanders owes Mike Bloomberg a big thank-you bouquet. Maybe even a box of chocolates. Sure, the multibillionaire former mayor, in his debate debut, took a swing or two at Mr. Sanders, the race’s front-runner pro […]

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How Amy Klobuchar Suddenly Became a Rival Worth Attacking

LAS VEGAS — In the nearly two weeks since her standout debate performance in New Hampshire, the momentum behind Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota had encountered nary a pothole. With a stack of endorsements from local and national newspapers lured by her centrist platform, a surprising third-place finish in New Hampshire and a cash infusion […]

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Fight Night in Vegas: The Democrats’ Debate Is a Brawl

To the Editor: Re “Democrats Hurl Stinging Attacks Across Debate Stage” (front page, Feb. 20): No one “won” the debate, which must have had Republicans laughing all the way to the bank. What a disheartening spectacle of bombast, braggadocio and rude behavior. Educating voters about the issues? Hardly. Any effort to enlighten was lost as […]

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Democratic Candidates Set a TV Ratings Record at Las Vegas Debate

The Democratic presidential candidates smashed a ratings record on Wednesday night, drawing a combined audience of 19.7 million to the latest primary debate, Nielsen said on Thursday. Shown on NBC and MSNBC from the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, the broadcast was the most watched in the history of Democratic presidential primary debates. It beat […]

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Billions of Targets on His Back, Bloomberg Joins the Debate Fray

Michael R. Bloomberg bobbed behind his lectern, as if the motion might deliver him somewhere more comfortable. He blinked, then blinked some more. He appeared unsteady — for all the preparation his billions might buy him — on questions of race and gender that could not have come as a surprise. Pressed about allegations of […]

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6 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — Phew. That was a debate. Here are six takeaways from the most gloves-off, knives-out Democratic debate so far in the 2020 presidential race. Things got ugly in Vegas, and fast. After eight debates that had sparks of conflict but were relatively cordial, Wednesday night brought two hours of nonstop political battle. Every […]

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Democrats Unleash an Onslaught of Attacks, Aiming at Bloomberg

LAS VEGAS — The Democratic presidential candidates turned on one another in scorching and personal terms in a debate on Wednesday night, with two of the leading candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders and Michael R. Bloomberg, forced onto the defensive repeatedly throughout the evening. In his first appearance in a presidential debate, Mr. Bloomberg, the former […]

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2020 Democratic Debate: Live Updates From Nevada

ImageThe Democratic debate will take place at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas on Wednesday.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times This is the first debate to include former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York. He will join five other Democratic candidates: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont; former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Senator Elizabeth […]

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Elizabeth Warren, Long a Super PAC Critic, Gets Help From One

LAS VEGAS — Supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren have formed a last-minute super PAC to boost her candidacy in Nevada and are plunging $1 million into television and other ads in the race’s final days, despite the Massachusetts senator’s previous outspoken opposition to such groups. The group, which calls itself the Persist PAC, filed paperwork […]

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Tonight’s Democratic Debate in Nevada: When It Is and What to Watch For

The Democratic presidential debate is 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time. It is being held in Las Vegas and hosted by NBC, MSNBC and The Nevada Independent. The debate is taking place three days before the Nevada caucuses on Saturday. This is the first debate to include former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New […]

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Who Has the Best Chance to Beat Trump?

To the Editor: The election is going to be won or lost depending on which party gets voters to show up to vote, and who sits at home. For over 30 years, the moderate wing has controlled the Democratic Party — sometimes successfully, too often not. Moderates have wasted valuable time and effort trying to […]

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Who Will Turn Out the Lights at Trump’s White House?

Bret Stephens: Katie Barr the door, Gail! That was quite a public rebuke of Donald Trump from Attorney General Bill Barr, who said the president’s incessant tweeting was making his job “impossible.” Do you think this means Barr has finally drawn a line in the sand with his boss? Or was it just political theater […]

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