Rosario Dawson Joins Boyfriend Sen. Cory Booker on the Campaign Trail — for the First Time
Rosario Dawson has officially hit the campaign trail with her boyfriend, Sen. Cory Booker.
She joined him at multiple events in Nevada on the Fourth of July, PEOPLE confirms. Among the stops was a meet-and-greet in Boulder City.
A source says Nevada’s proximity to Los Angeles made it a natural fit for Dawson, 40, to join Booker.
This marks a first for the actress, who confirmed she was dating the 50-year-old Democratic presidential candidate in March.
Booker’s scheduled campaign events in Nevada included the Independence Day celebration at the 71st annual Boulder City Damboree. Thursday was his fourth visit to Nevada since he entered the presidential race in February.
Buttigieg campaign multiplies in size after huge cash haul
The mayor's presidential campaign is adding hundreds of on-the-ground staff this summer, catching up to some campaigns who staffed up early.
Before the first Democratic presidential debates kicked off last week, close to 100 Pete Buttigieg supporters and donors sheltered from the Miami heat in a Hilton hotel conference room, where Buttigieg’s senior staff briefed them on the campaign’s transformation from shoe-string operation to $25 million enterprise.
The officials didn’t reveal Buttigieg’s field-leading second-quarter fundraising total then, but what they did discuss is more important in the long run: how Buttigieg plans to spend the money.
For months, the South Bend, Ind., mayor has run one of the more frugal 2020 campaigns, eschewing on-the-ground organizers in early caucus and primary states and instead focusing on fundraising, media appearances and the candidate’s travel. But Buttigieg is now rapidly expanding his campaign’s footprint to try and build on his gains in the first half of the year.
In Iowa, Buttigieg’s campaign added 30 organizers at the end of June, filling out what had previously been a four-person skeleton crew. A dozen staffers are now on board in New Hampshire. And by the end of the summer, there will be many more: The campaign plans to swell its staff to 300 people by Labor Day, according to multiple people briefed on its plans.
“As we go into the summer toward the fall, we really need to make sure we’ve got the right kind of ground game. And part of that is how we use my time, and part of that is in between [events] making sure we’ve got folks day in and day out on the ground,” Buttigieg said during a recent campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa. “So you’ll see the numbers of organizers and volunteers that we have really growing.”
Rivals Biden, Harris to circle each other in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are circling each other again — this time in South Carolina, a crucial early-voting state that will test the depths of their support with black voters.
As they travel across the state in the coming days, the former vice president and the California senator probably will be pressed on their tense debate exchange over race and federally mandated school busing. Though the issue is not at the forefront of the 2020 primary, it could resonate in a state with a complicated history with race and segregation.
Several Harris supporters in the state said her pointed and personal critique of Biden, who opposed busing mandates in the 1970s, struck a chord in South Carolina. Marguerite Willis, a recent Democratic candidate for governor, said that when Harris spoke in last month’s debate about her own experiences being bused as a child, the entire room where Willis was watching the debate grew quiet. ...
Though South Carolina’s primary is more than seven months away, Biden and Harris appear destined for a showdown here. Their campaigns are banking on the backing of black voters to secure the nomination, and South Carolina is the first state on the primary calendar that will test their standing with this crucial constituency.
Biden, who has decadeslong political relationships in the South, was beginning a three-stop swing in South Carolina on Saturday, with scheduled visits to Sumter, Orangeburg and Charleston. On his third trip to the state since he entered the race in late April, he intended to stress the eight years he served in the White House with Barack Obama, the first black president, and the significant change for the good that he said has taken place in the country since the 1970s. “I’ve worked to make that change happen, and yes, I’ve changed also,” he said in remarks prepared for his Sumter stop.
Democrat Buttigieg announces minority-focused small business investment plan
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Joining several other Democrats targeting black voters this weekend with economic proposals, presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg released a policy on Sunday aimed at helping minorities start businesses.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced the proposal at Essence Festival, a gathering of thousands of black women organized by Essence magazine. On Saturday, six of his rivals also spoke at the festival.
Black voters have played a critical role in the Democratic primary process, and winning the party’s nomination would be unlikely without their support. Hillary Clinton’s strong support among black voters was critical in helping her secure the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
U.S. Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren also announced policy proposals in conjunction with the festival targeting helping minorities improve economic conditions.
The 2020 front-runners are pulling away from the field
The latest fundraising figures prove there’s a new top tier in the Democratic primary — and everyone else is running out of time.
The top tier of the Democratic presidential primary is now reshaped around five candidates. The latest fundraising numbers prove it.
Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren raised about $100 million in the last three months combined. Together, they share a large majority of the public support.
They were already spending millions of dollars more than many lower-polling contenders have even raised. Now, in a powerful compounding effect for their campaigns, these top tier candidates are poised to plow that new money back into their field and digital operations — further reinforcing their fundraising and organizing advantages in the 23-candidate field.
It’s too early to be an inflection point, but late enough that the rest of the field needs to start worrying. ...
While lower-polling candidates are still struggling just to qualify for upcoming presidential debates, candidates with money can now return to their expanding donor lists for repeat contributions. By late summer, they are expected to begin reserving time for TV advertisements in select early primary states.
For every candidate outside of the top tier, “From this point forward, it gets harder for all of them,” said Doug Herman, a Democratic strategist. “Because if you’re at the bottom of the pile and you’re punching up for donors, trying to move polling numbers or obtaining traction with a viral moment and you haven’t been able to do it so far, what makes somebody think they can do it when people are starting to consolidate around the top five?”
Democratic voters, Herman said, are “starting to rule people out. They’re not consolidating, but they’re narrowing it to five or six. They’re starting to figure out who they’re not for.”
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Before caucus night, there may be 2,500 more presidential events in Iowa, a Register analysis of candidate visits shows
Iowa could see as many as 2,500 more campaign stops by presidential candidates before caucus night, on Feb. 3, 2020.
That would be 2,500 chances to take selfies, get a beer, do yoga with or simply see a person hoping to be the country's next president. That would be nearly a dozen events per day, on average.
In the first six months of the year, Iowa already saw more than 600 public events from people seeking or thinking about seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Based on history, the pace will only pick up.
An exclusive analysis of data from the Des Moines Register's candidate tracker of public events in the past three presidential election cycles shows 80% of events happened after the first six months of the year before the caucus. If the pattern holds, this year's candidates are on pace to hold more than 3,000 Iowa events this cycle.
'Mayor Pete' draws more than 800 to Dover campaign event
DOVER, N.H. – More than 800 people turned out Friday morning to see Mayor Pete Buttigieg speak at Henry Law Park.
Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate from South Bend, Indiana, began by talking about values, freedom and faith.
“Right now, we have politicians who cloak themselves in the language of religion, and then set out to afflict the afflicted and comfort the comfortable. It’s not right under any version of ethics and we’re going to change that and remind people that religion doesn’t have to push you into the arms of the religious right,” he said.
Buttigieg answered questions from the crowd about the importance of voting, the U.S. Supreme Court, his Douglass Plan to tackle systemic racism and student debt.
Gillibrand in NH says she doesn't regret prior moderate views on gun control, immigration
GOFFSTOWN — A day after stating that it shouldn’t have been “that hard” for former Vice President Joe Biden to apologize for comments about cooperation with segregationist senators in the 1970s, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she saw no need to express regret for a handful of conservative positions she held when she was first elected to Congress in 2006.
Addressing reporters following her appearance Tuesday at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics “Politics & Eggs” speaker series, the 2020 contender told the Union Leader that her willingness to evolve on issues of immigration and gun control was an indication of “wisdom” and “humility” that would serve her well in the Oval Office.
“I think it’s better to have candidates that have the humility to recognize when they’re wrong,” said Gillibrand. “I’ve been asked those questions over a dozen times by national networks and not only did I say I was wrong, but I have led on comprehensive immigration reform for over a decade, I’ve led on issues of ending gun violence for over a decade.”
“I think we need a president who has the humility to recognize when they’re wrong, who has the wisdom to listen to their constituents and learn from them, and has the courage to not only change their view, but lead from that new view, and that’s what I’ve done for over a decade.”
Market Watch: Bernie Sanders is riding in a caravan to Canada with diabetics to get more affordable insulin
The road to affordable insulin is ride or die for some Americans suffering with diabetes who have to ration their medicine or rely on donated samples from people they meet in Facebook FB, +1.81% groups.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont, will be riding shotgun in a caravan to Canada on July 28 alongside Americans living with diabetes as they travel from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario in Canada to get cheaper insulin, his campaign announced Thursday.
Elizabeth Warren headlines liberal gathering Netroots
Elizabeth Warren headlines liberal gathering as other top 2020 contenders skip Netroots
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and three other Democratic primary candidates will take center stage at the 14th annual Netroots Nation conference on Saturday, facing questions at a forum capping off days of activist workshops, panel discussions and a few morning yoga sessions.
Thousands of progressive organizers have been gathered here since Thursday, meeting to trade tips and tactics for building on last year's gains ahead of the 2020 elections. The Massachusetts Democrat will be the de facto headliner. Other early polling leaders are absent due to scheduling conflicts in what has already become, with nearly seven months to go before the Iowa caucuses, an unrelenting campaign for the party's nomination.
The presidential forum will also include New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
Netroots Nation, which debuted under a different title the summer before the 2006 midterms, is one of the longest running and most historically influential annual progressive political conferences, welcoming presidential candidates and top Democratic congressional leaders. Well before Twitter overtook blogs as the grassroots' digital megaphone of choice, it was instrumental in pushing party establishment leaders to more aggressively battle Republicans and embrace issues like climate change.
The Activist Left Already Knows Who It Wants for President
Many of the MSNBC moms and energized youths at the annual Netroots Nation conference have already settled on their top candidate—with a surprising second choice.
PHILADELPHIA—It’s still early.
There will be 16 more months of speech-making and glad-handing and glitzy ballroom fundraisers before Election Day. It would make sense not to commit to a presidential candidate just yet. But here at Netroots Nation, the premier annual convention for progressive activists, many attendees already seem fairly certain about their choice: They want Elizabeth Warren, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, to be their next president. And if they have to pick a second choice? It’s Senator Kamala Harris of California.
It’s not necessarily intuitive that the same person would support both women: Warren is a folksy public-school teacher-turned-anti-corruption advocate, while the blazer-wearing Harris is more of an establishment type, with a long career climbing the ranks of power in California. Warren has pledged not to hold high-dollar fundraising events in favor of grassroots-style meet-and-greets, while Hollywood heavyweights have been some of Harris’s biggest campaign boosters.
But, in interviews with two dozen progressive activists at Netroots, most people told me that, while they prefer Warren, they’d choose Harris if things go south for the Massachusetts lawmaker. They view both senators as passionate and capable. Some even suggested that the two women should run on the same ticket. “They bring different things to the table, but one thing is clear when you talk to each of them: their competency,” Rod Sullivan, a 53-year-old attendee from Iowa City, Iowa, told me. They would operate differently as presidents, he added. But each of them “could do this.”
Elizabeth Warren Trends on Twitter After Announcing Intentions To Investigate Crimes Against Immigrants If Elected President
With just under 16 months until the 2020 presidential election, some Twitter users like the sound of President Elizabeth Warren so much that the Massachusetts senator became a trending topic on the social media platform.
Over 30,000 tweeted using #PresidenElizabethWarren on Saturday night, prompted by comments the Democratic candidate made during an appearance at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia earlier in the day.
Warren's campaign tweeted out a short video of some of her comments where the 70-year-old referred to herself as President Elizabeth Warren, while comparing herself to President Donald Trump's policies on immigration.
"To anyone out there who's working in this system, understand you abuse immigrants, you physically abuse immigrants, you sexually abuse immigrants, you fail to get them medical care that they need, you break the law of the United States of America and Donald Trump may be willing to look the other way, but President Elizabeth Warren will not," Warren said. "On my first day, I will empower a commission in the Department of Justice to investigate crimes committed by the United States against immigrants."
Crowd roars for Elizabeth Warren, Jay Inslee follows to tepid applause
PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren received the conquering hero reception from thousands of progressive at a conference in Philadelphia, while Gov. Jay Inslee had to follow her on stage.
Warren delivered the fiery oratory and issue expertise that is rapidly eclipsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for support on the Democratic left.
"A progressive agenda is supported by anywhere between three-fifths and three-quarters of Americans: A progressive agenda is America's agenda," declared the Massachusetts senator. ...
Inslee tried to get across to the Netroots Nation crowd a basic point: I've walked your talk. Just look at what I've done.
He described Washington as "a template for progressive successes we need to expand across the United States," which "needs to do what we've done in Washington."
The state has "the best gender equity law in the country," Inslee said. The State just enacted "the largest teacher pay increase" in the country. "We have 50,000 people driving electric cars."
The response from the juiced crowd was polite. Inslee received a sitting ovation.
Kamala Harris slams Trump in New Hampshire visit
GILFORD, N.H. — Hundreds gathered in this tiny New Hampshire town to listen to US Senator Kamala Harris of California, making her first appearance in the state since her breakout moment in last month’s Democratic primary debate.
The presidential contender, speaking in the backyard of former state Representative Lisa DiMartino, attacked President Trump, accusing him of wanting to return to an era before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Roe v. Wade decision, in which the US Supreme Court case found a constitutional right to abortion.
“Well, we’re not going back. We’re not going back,” Harris said to applause.
Harris framed her controversial background as a former district attorney and attorney general as a strength, saying she has experience going after banks and pharmaceutical companies.
“I’ve prosecuted predators,” she said. “And we have a predator living in the White House. He has predatory instincts and a predatory nature.”
Struggling in White House bid, Democrat Gillibrand seeks bump in Trump country
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand rolled through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan last week on a bus emblazoned with “He broke it, we’ll fix it,” as part of a campaign tour highlighting what she called President Donald Trump’s “broken promises” to the region.
Gillibrand told laid-off auto workers in Youngstown, Ohio, and healthcare workers in Pittsburgh she would repair the damage of Trump’s presidency if voters choose her as the Democratic nominee to take him on in November 2020.
But to do that, she will require a significant boost. The New York senator is stuck in the bottom of national polls of the field’s 25 candidates, and time is running out.
Posing for selfies with voters after a town hall on gun violence in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on Friday, Gillibrand said she needed thousands more supporters to qualify for the third Democratic primary debate in mid-September.
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'Stand up for what we believe in': Only Pete Buttigieg gets standing ovation from Corn Feed audience
CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. — Ten Democratic presidential candidates took the stage Sunday afternoon in 90-degree weather to address would-be Iowa caucusgoers, but only Pete Buttigieg got a standing ovation.
The crowd of more than 1,100 who turned out for the annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Cedar Rapids demonstrated the most enthusiasm for the South Bend, Indiana, mayor, who said the 2020 presidential election is about winning the next era in American politics.
"If we embrace a left-wing agenda, the president’s going to say we’re socialists and we’re for open borders. If we adopt a conservative agenda, the president’s going to say we’re socialists and we’re for open borders. So we might as well stand up for what we believe in and take it from there," Buttigieg said. ...
"I like his thoughts. I love the fact that he's just very even-tempered — he seems to put a lot of thought behind what he thinks and does," said Steel, who works in insurance.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was also well-received by the crowd. He referenced a series of Sunday morning tweets from President Donald Trump telling U.S. representatives of color to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
"Throughout the generations, there have been people who have built their political careers on hate and division and fear and paranoia and making people 'the other'," Castro said. "We are not going to do that. We are going to be about everybody in this country."
2020 Snapshot: New Hampshire, Seven Months Out ...
Trump’s election has boosted Democrats here as it has across the country. Membership in the New Hampshire Young Democrats grew from hundreds to more than 7,000 since November 2016. Democrats in New Hampshire picked up 67 seats in the state House last year and another four in the state Senate, giving the party control of the state Legislature. Many of those young activists now have plugged into the quickly growing campaign machines springing up in New Hampshire and competing for resumes. With some two-dozen serious candidates, it’s a tough fight for staff talent.
Most activists, regardless of their candidate, say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren has the largest and most formidable political footprint in New Hampshire. Her campaign isn’t publicly commenting on their numbers, but her rivals speak with admiration about what she has built, despite polling that has seemed stuck in the single-digits. Last week, the Massachusetts senator staged an 800-person showing in 6,300-person Peterborough, N.H., while her campaign fundraising suggests she remains formidable and CBS News’ polling model for delegates gives Warren backers plenty of reason to be optimistic.
Warren for years has collaborated with her neighboring state’s Democratic Party, laying the groundwork to tap into activists. Many members of her inner-circle worked in recent years for New Hampshire candidates, and she can now turn their experiences to her ambitions in 2020. For instance, the operative leading Warren’s efforts in New Hampshire served as Hillary Clinton’s political director for New Hampshire in 2016 and then became a special assistant to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
Polling leader and former Vice President Joe Biden is widely seen as having the third-largest organization in New Hampshire. Aides say Biden has just under 40 people, slightly behind the 45 that Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont claims. Sanders’ standing, though, seems firmly parked in second place in the state and he’s done little to patch up his feuds with local Establishment-minded Democrats. For instance, his campaign registered for the Merrimack July 4 parade as an independent so he didn’t get lumped in with the other Democratic campaigns.
There remains an uneasy sense among even Biden’s supporters that his polling advantage may be working against him. “He’s got a giant target on him now,” says one unaffiliated Democratic strategist in New Hampshire. ...
It is still anyone’s game in New Hampshire. Hours before Biden spoke to about 200 people in Dover, Buttigieg turned out 841 people. In polls, Biden has a 3-to-1 advantage.
“People here have seen and heard Biden before,” said Andy Smith, a political scientist and pollster at the University of New Hampshire. “The others are new and New Hampshire voters take their role seriously.”
‘She’s upending expectations’: Warren fans say her appeal is about more than liberal policies
Joanna Berens freely admits that she once doubted if an academic like Elizabeth Warren could win the presidency.
That was before she watched one of the senator’s televised town halls. ...
Now, Berens isn’t just convinced Warren would make a strong general election nominee — she’s thrilled about the prospect of her confronting President Donald Trump on the debate stage.
“Oh my god,” she said. “She will flatten him.”
Warren’s summer-long rise in polls and fundraising success in the Democratic presidential primary is usually attributed to her detailed policy agenda or longstanding appeal to liberal diehards.
But Warren supporters and other friendly Democrats cite another reason for her ascent: Voters who expected to see an awkward policy wonk on the campaign trail are instead impressed by a candidate they describe as authentic and charismatic.
That shift has marked a key development in a primary where many Democratic voters say they are most interested in a candidate who can defeat Trump next fall. And it speaks to Warren’s ability to reach beyond her natural base of progressive activists, connecting with voters who might be more ideologically moderate but nonetheless drawn to her.
Kamala Harris plans 5-day Iowa bus tour
Kamala Harris is planning to ramp up her presidential campaign travel schedule and public appearances next month, starting with a five-day bus tour through Iowa.
The shift to a more intense retail operation follows Harris' rise in public opinion polls in the Democratic primary. She is attempting to capitalize on momentum following a breakout debate performance last month, in which she criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for his past opposition to busing and former associations with segregationist senators.
Harris had been slower than some of her competitors to develop a field operation in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, and some of her rivals were far more active there earlier in the election cycle.
But Harris’ campaign had long said that it planned to embark on longer campaign swings and to do more public events by late summer and early fall. An adviser told POLITICO on Thursday that the campaign was consciously conserving staffing resources throughout the first few months of the campaign.
Harris now has more than 65 staffers in Iowa, and her campaign is attempting to capitalize on momentum from the first debate by intensifying its retail efforts now. The California senator is running at 13 percent in the latest Morning Consult poll. In Iowa, a Focus on Rural America poll this month put Harris at 18 percent in the first-in-the-nation caucus state — in a cluster with Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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Julián Castro is escaping the back of the Democratic pack. How far will he get?
KEOKUK, Iowa — Three months ago, when Beto O'Rourke kicked off his campaign for president in this small Mississippi River town, Alan Nelson came to see the Texan's speech in a crowded coffee shop. On Monday, after Nelson heard Julián Castro take questions at a union hall, it clarified what he was really looking for in a candidate.
“I much prefer Julián,” said Nelson, 69. “I don't think Beto has a deep amount of substance.” Nelson waved his arms wildly, in an imitation of the former congressman's high-energy style. “Castro's obviously thought through what he's saying.”
Castro, one of the first Democrats to announce a 2020 presidential bid, spent six months trying to climb out of obscurity. The first Democratic debate in Miami did the trick. Since then, Castro's campaign has raised at least $1.7 million, and events that once drew 10 or 12 curious Iowans draw 100 to 200. Once dismissed as a policy lightweight, Castro has begun to earn a reputation as the only 2020 candidate with a thought-through immigration plan.
“People are coming out of the woodwork because of strong word of mouth and because of the debate,” Castro said in an interview here. “Because there are two dozen candidates in this race, the voters are putting people into their top three or five, and I think I bolted into a lot of people's top three or top five.”
Warren Outshines Biden in Race to Build Iowa 2020 Ground Game ...
An elected Democratic official in the state, speaking on condition of anonymity, complained that if Biden has a campaign in Iowa, he doesn’t know who’s working on it or how many. Boxes of printers and office supplies lay scattered on the ground. Campaign staff sat on the floor in mostly unfurnished offices as they were just starting to occupy Joe Biden’s Iowa headquarters in Des Moines after weeks of working remotely in coffee shops around the city.
The delayed headquarters opening is just one of the many ways Biden is playing catch-up in the crucial first-caucus state where voters prize retail politics and sustained engagement. The Biden campaign said it has other "fully operational offices" throughout the state, and it plans to announce additional details about its field operation in the near future.
In contrast, Elizabeth Warren, who jumped into the race four months before the former vice president, has built one of the most robust operations in the state, positioning her to capitalize on her surging national poll numbers and her steady rise in Iowa, Democratic operatives say.
A strong operation there could propel her nationally, those Democrats say, while many expressed surprise that the former vice president had a slow start building a strong operation in the Hawkeye State. Warren’s campaign has nine offices across the state, and her Iowa headquarters in West Des Moines has been in operation since March. The Massachusetts senator has made nine trips to the state and has 65 employees there.