Tag: Primaries and Caucuses

Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020?

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — As Peter Johnson and Emily Neal waited for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to arrive at Barley’s, a brick-lined sports bar in southwestern Iowa, they gamed out possible nominees in the Democratic presidential primary. Mr. Johnson, a 27-year-old law student, said the large field was a great equalizer, and “if at the end […]

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What’s Really Going On in the Democratic Primary?

The early stages of the 2020 Democratic primary are rewriting the rules of how a candidate wins his or her party’s presidential nomination. Recent Democratic primary battles were all about the invisible primary, the yearlong period before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary — when presidential candidates hired key staff members, seduced major […]

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‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum

WASHINGTON — When Leah Daughtry, a former Democratic Party official, addressed a closed-door gathering of about 100 wealthy liberal donors in San Francisco last month, all it took was a review of the 2020 primary rules to throw a scare in them. Democrats are likely to go into their convention next summer without having settled […]

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In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims

As long as President Trump has focused on what he said was the danger lurking at the southwestern border, he has also talked about the supposed threat from one specific group already in the country: Muslims. During the 2016 campaign, he would not rule out creating a registry of Muslims in the United States. He […]

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The Many Reasons to Run for President When You Probably Don’t Stand a Chance

There is no discernible mass groundswell for an Eric Swalwell presidential campaign. The case against: He is a 38-year-old California congressman of little legislative distinction. He would appear to have minimal running room in a deep and accomplished Democratic field expected to grow to 20 or so — large enough to fill two baseball starting […]

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Fewer States Will Have Caucuses in 2020. Will It Matter?

Caucuses have long been the bane of the political establishment and a boost to activist-backed presidential candidates, whether it’s Ted Cruz on the right or Bernie Sanders on the left. But the establishment is getting a bit of a break for 2020. In this cycle, caucuses are dwindling. Democratic National Committee rules now encourage states […]

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How Radical Is Too Radical for 2020 Democrats?

In the current election cycle, bets on moderation have few takers. Leading Democratic candidates are supporting bold progressive policy initiatives that are supported by liberal primary voters but may prove to be a tough sell to the general electorate. President Trump and his Republican allies will certainly try to use these initiatives against their Democratic […]

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Bernie Sanders, Now a Millionaire, Pledges to Release Tax Returns by Monday

WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders, whose $18 million fund-raising haul has solidified his status as a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Tuesday that he would release 10 years of tax returns before Tax Day on Monday and acknowledged that he has joined the ranks of the millionaires he has denounced for years. “April […]

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House Democratic Campaign Arm Nears War With Liberals Over Primary Fights

WASHINGTON — The House Democratic campaign arm is on the verge of open warfare with the party’s rising liberal wing as political operatives close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi try to shut down primary challenges before what is likely to be a hard-fought campaign next year to preserve the party’s shaky majority. Progressive Democrats were infuriated […]

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Cory Booker Campaigns on Baby Bonds Program to Combat Inequality

AMHERST, N.H. — In the cozy confines of a rather stately New Hampshire home, Senator Cory Booker on Saturday offered a detailed outline of his proposal to address growing income equality with “baby bonds,” a government-run savings program for children. Speaking to a crowded living room, Mr. Booker of New Jersey wrapped his proposal in […]

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Biden Didn’t Rush Into 2020. The Race Came to Him Anyway.

For months, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. hewed to a tortoise-like strategy for the 2020 presidential race: Repeatedly delaying his final decision, he hoped to skirt a long stretch of campaigning as a front-runner with a target on his back. That approach carried risks. Mr. Biden missed the chance to recruit top-level aides, […]

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The Real Joe Biden Decision

At some point soon, Joe Biden is going to have to make two decisions. The first is whether he wants to run for the Democratic nomination. The second is whether he wants to win it, and at what cost. Right now, even after some slippage, Biden has the highest polling numbers of any candidate in […]

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Why Elizabeth Warren, a Presumed Front-Runner, Trails Her Rivals in Fund-Raising

MEMPHIS — On a Sunday afternoon earlier this month, Senator Elizabeth Warren began a swing through the South by proclaiming that she was running “a different type of campaign” — one that did not include high-dollar fund-raisers but was entirely reliant on grass-roots contributions. “If you think that’s a good idea, go to ElizabethWarren.com,” she […]

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In Andrew Yang, the Internet Finds a Meme-Worthy Candidate

If you visit the online betting market PredictIt, you’ll see a long list of 2020 Democratic candidates, ranked in order of their odds of winning the party’s nomination for president, according to the site’s users. Joe Biden, the former vice president, and Senator Bernie Sanders top the list. Then come other well-known Democrats: Senator Kamala […]

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Why a Long Democratic Primary Slugfest Might Help Re-elect Trump

Donald Trump’s low approval ratings have attracted a crush of Democrats vying to make him a one-term president. But he might have an unlikely ally in his re-election bid: Democrats’ mess of a primary system. The most valuable commodity in a zillion-way presidential primary is attention: In 2016, much of Mr. Trump’s primary success owed […]

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The Argument: One-on-One With Elizabeth Warren

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” Senator Elizabeth Warren sits down with David Leonhardt for an interview about her 2020 presidential campaign. The Massachusetts senator talks antitrust policy, her proposed wealth tax and universal child […]

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Bernie Sanders, Socialism’s Reagan?

From the beginning the presidency of Donald Trump has inspired analogies to the years of Jimmy Carter. Though personally the two men are ever so slightly different, they seem to occupy a similar space in the arc of political history — both outsiders who seized control of a divided, exhausted, yet still powerful political party, […]

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For 2020 Democrats, Once-Fringe Issues Emerge as Part of the Debate

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] It was a made-for-social-media moment for Pete Buttigieg. In Philadelphia last month on his book tour, Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Democratic candidate for president, fielded an unlikely question from the audience: “Would you support […]

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Can Democrats Unite Before 2020?

What — or who — will it take to unite the Democratic Party? Last week, three columnists wrote about the growing rivalry between the party’s progressives and moderates, and speculated as to which contingent could produce a candidate strong enough to take the presidency in 2020. Responses to each column (David Leonhardt’s “A Dose of […]

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