Tag: Primaries and Caucuses

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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Fact-Checking the Democratic Debate in South Carolina

Seven of the candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination took the stage on Tuesday night in Charleston for their last debate before South Carolina’s primary on Saturday. Here is how the candidates’ remarks stacked up against the truth. What They’re talking about: Senator Elizabeth Warren said that Michael Bloomberg told a pregnant employee […]

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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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Where Does All the Swag Go After Campaigns Fail? Everywhere

Buttons, shirts and bumper stickers heralding the failed presidential ambitions of Senator Kamala Harris are gathering dust inside a warehouse in Texas. Among lava lamps and incense sticks, a retailer in Connecticut still offers shirts that cry “Jeb!” And for years after Mitt Romney’s 2012 quest for the White House ended, fading campaign hats and […]

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Imagine Bernie Sanders in the Oval Office

Gail Collins: Wow, Bret, action-packed political times. I am looking forward to your thoughts about tonight’s debate. But first, my big question: If things continue the way they’re going now, would you vote for Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump? I know we’ve sort of played around with the question before, but now it’s serious. Bret […]

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Putin Would Hate President Bernie Sanders

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials had briefed Bernie Sanders that Russia was trying to boost his fortunes in the Democratic primary fight, as it did in 2016. It’s not hard to imagine Vladimir Putin’s motives. Russia aims to cause chaos and division in liberal democracies, and so has often supported both […]

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Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Attract a Wave of New Voters. It Hasn’t Happened.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It is the most politically provocative part of Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign pitch: that his progressive movement will bring millions of nonvoters into the November election, driving record turnout especially among disaffected working-class Americans and young people. And yet despite a virtual tie in Iowa, a narrow victory in New Hampshire and […]

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Bernie Sanders’s Comments on Fidel Castro Provoke Anger in Florida

MIAMI — Cuban exiles and Democrats in Florida on Monday angrily rejected comments from Senator Bernie Sanders praising aspects of the Communist Cuban revolution that aired in an interview with “60 Minutes.” The Vermont senator’s remarks threatened to undercut his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the nation’s largest presidential swing state, as he seeks […]

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Tom Steyer Stirs More Debate Over Payments in South Carolina

As he courts voters across South Carolina, Tom Steyer, a billionaire businessman running for president, has lavished money on the black community — employing black-owned businesses, hiring African-Americans for his staff and buying ads with black-owned news organizations. But as he tries to forge connections with the black community, some of Mr. Steyer’s transactions have […]

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Would Bernie Sanders Be a Drag on Vulnerable Democrats?

Swing-district House Democrats don’t agree on which candidate they want to lead them on the ticket this year, but they do seem to agree on which candidate they don’t: Bernie Sanders. Of the 46 Democratic representatives who hold districts classified by Sabato’s Crystal Ball House ratings as at least marginally competitive, not one has endorsed […]

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Don’t Doubt Bernie

Stop saying that Bernie Sanders can’t win. Stop saying that he can’t defeat President Trump. That is by now a given. In fact, in head-to-head national polls, Sanders consistently outperforms Trump. Sanders is, for the moment, the clear front-runner to win the Democratic nomination. And he has a national infrastructure and a committed band of […]

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Sanders Looks to Knock Out Biden as Pressure Builds on Democrats

HOUSTON — Energized by his landslide victory in the Nevada caucuses, Senator Bernie Sanders turned his focus to President Trump on Sunday while his campaign made plans to try to win the coming South Carolina primary and amass an insurmountable delegate lead on Super Tuesday next week. Mr. Sanders plans to be up on the […]

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Why Are Nevada Caucus Results Coming in So Slowly?

HENDERSON, Nev. — It took four hours on Saturday afternoon to count just 4 percent of the results from the Nevada caucuses. That didn’t stop The Associated Press from calling the state for Senator Bernie Sanders, but it did cause a lot of confusion — and continued to do so late into the night — […]

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How Bernie Sanders Dominated in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — They showed up to Desert Pines High School in Tío Bernie T-shirts to caucus on Saturday morning, motivated by the idea of free college tuition, “Medicare for all” and the man making those promises: a 78-year-old white senator from Vermont. For dozens of mostly working-class Latinos, Bernie Sanders seemed like one of […]

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Bernie Sanders Romps in Nevada. Is He Unstoppable?

With Bernie Sanders romping in Nevada, we come to it again. The insurgent candidate, armored against normal political forces and equipped with a passionate following, leads a field of more conventional party politicians. His early-state successes have given him a clear path to a plurality of pledged convention delegates. And his rivals are dividing the […]

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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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Bernie Sanders, the Teflon Candidate, Faces Sudden New Tests

In the early years, there was his commentary on gender relations featuring a rape fantasy, his support for the Sandinistas and his honeymoon in the Soviet Union. Once he entered Congress, there were votes to shield gun manufacturers, a commitment to remaining uncommitted to the Democratic Party, and secret plans to mount a 2012 primary […]

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How to Win the Democratic Nomination, and Why It Could Get Complicated

The last question at Wednesday night’s Democratic debate covered much wonkier territory than the fiery exchanges that preceded it. But it exposed a rift over what could become an extremely relevant topic: how the party’s presidential nominee should be chosen. “There’s a very good chance none of you are going to have enough delegates to […]

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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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