NBC News: Sanders cancels three South Carolina campaign events to rest his hoarse voice
The 78-year-old Vermont senator's voice was raspy during Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
Warren turns her ire to Trump, stumps on her electability
Fresh off a debate performance that may have bolstered her standing in the 2020 Democratic race, Senator Elizabeth Warren returned to Massachusetts focused on strengthening her electability against President Donald Trump.
Speaking at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention on Saturday, Warren said the Trump administration is “one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s modern history” and called on Democrats to unite toward a common goal: beat Trump in 2020.
Warren, a native of Oklahoma who’s represents her adopted home state of Massachusetts, where she taught at Harvard Law School, in the U.S. Senate, has largely avoided directly attacking Trump or her Democratic competitors on the campaign trail.
The focus on electability went to answer a persistent question in the minds of Democratic officials and voters about the progressive senator’s candidacy: can she win a general election against Trump in a race that will no doubt be nasty.
Warren, 70, highlighted her electability argument by laying out policy proposals that she said will fix the problems that got Trump elected in the first place.
Elizabeth Warren urges voters to think beyond just defeating Donald Trump
"We must show America that we have plans to make big, structural changes to fix what's broken."
Warren hit on familiar themes in her address to the home state crowd.
She pledged to expand Social Security with a $200 increase in monthly checks, make it easier for workers to join unions, pass a “wealth tax,” provide universal child care for every child through age 5, and “pass the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate.”
She also urged Democrats to think beyond just defeating Trump.
“This dark moment requires more than being ‘not Trump,’ because a country that elects someone like Donald Trump is a country that is already in serious trouble,” Warren said. “We need to talk honestly about what’s broken in America, but even more than that we must show America that we have plans to make big, structural changes to fix what’s broken.”
Bloomberg (trouble getting a link)
Adding:Joe Biden will draw a direct line between the violence of groups like the Ku Klux Klan and recent mass shootings when he delivers a major speech on race and domestic terrorism in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday.
The former vice president will speak at the 56th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, when four young black girls were killed and more than a dozen others were injured after members of a local KKK chapter bombed the church in 1963.
“The domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before our founding,” Biden will say, according to excerpts released from the campaign.
“The same poisonous ideology that lit the fuse at 16th Street pulled the trigger in Mother Emanuel, unleashed the anti-Semitic massacre in Pittsburgh and Poway, and saw a white supremacist gun down innocent Latino immigrants in an El Paso parking lot with military-grade weapons declaring it would stop a quote ‘Hispanic invasion of Texas,’” Biden will say.
Mother Emanuel is a name given to the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, scene of a mass shooting by a white supremacist in 2015 that killed nine people.
Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, is highly popular among African American voters, a crucial constituency in the Democratic Party. Biden is looking to lock down his advantage in South Carolina, the fourth state in the 2020 primary calendar, where more than 60% of the Democratic primary voters are black.
The Hill: Biden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site
WaPo - Amy B. Wang
Adding:Warren releases plan to tackle Washington corruption
NEW YORK — Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a new plan Monday to tackle corruption in Washington, part of the Democratic presidential candidate’s ongoing promises to enact “big structural change” if elected.
Warren’s wide-ranging new proposal seeks to dramatically limit the influence of federal lawmakers and lobbyists while also expanding protections for workers. Under the plan, lobbyists would be banned from all campaign fundraising activities — including serving as campaign bundlers — and campaigns themselves would not be able to receive “intangible benefits” such as opposition research from foreign governments.
Under a new definition of “official act,” politicians would not be able to accept gifts or payments in exchange for government action. Senior government officials and members of Congress would be prohibited from serving on for-profit boards, even if they receive no compensation. ...
Warren has previously released other anti-corruption plans, which included proposals to require lobbyists to register and to prohibit foreign governments from hiring Washington lobbyists.
The new plan’s release comes hours before Warren is slated to give a speech Monday night in New York’s Washington Square Park, near the site of the former Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. A fire there in 1911 killed 146 workers, many of whom were young immigrant women.
The tragic fire — exacerbated by poor working conditions — galvanized the women’s suffrage and labor movements and led to federal reforms that remain in place for workers, women and immigrants today. It was a theme that Warren hoped to tie to her modern-day bid for the White House.
Daily Beast: Warren Goes After Trump’s Sister in Anti-Corruption Push
The Massachusetts Democrat, who had already introduced a massive anti-corruption bill, is adding some new aspects to her plan.
Adding:“Corruption is breaking our democracy”: Elizabeth Warren’s case for the White House
“I’m not afraid, and you can’t be afraid, either,” Warren told supporters at a rally in New York City’s Washington Square Park.
Elizabeth Warren delivered a major speech on the devastating effects of corruption in Washington Square Park in New York City. In the backdrop was the former site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, where a fire on March 25, 1911, left nearly 150 workers dead, many of them immigrant women and girls.
“It took 18 minutes for 146 people to die. Mostly women. Mostly immigrants — Jewish and Italian. Mostly people who made as little as $5 a week to get their shot at the American dream,” Warren told the crowd, which filled most of the park in lower Manhattan. “It was one of the worst industrial disasters in American history. One of the worst, but it should not have been a surprise.”
She delivered the speech on the same day she unveiled a wide-ranging anti-corruption package she says will be her first legislative priority if she’s elected president, laying out how corporate interests and government lapses led to the deadly blaze. Factory workers for years complained about dangerous conditions and asked for better hours and higher pay, but they didn’t get it. The tragedy was likely preventable: the exit doors in the factory were locked, so the women inside couldn’t escape.
Warren doesn’t just believe corruption is bad for democracy — she views it as a mortal threat to every single aspect of society. The Massachusetts Democrat laid out her case against the forces at work against everyday people. It is, at its core, the case for her candidacy.
Warren sought to place the urgency of the current moment and the argument for her White House bid in historical context with her speech.
“Climate change. Gun safety. Health care. On the face of it, these three are totally different issues,” Warren said. “But despite our being the strongest and wealthiest country in the history of the world, our democracy is paralyzed. Why? Because giant corporations have bought off our government.”
The Hill: Warren campaign estimates 20,000 people attend New York City rally ...
The Warren campaign told The Hill more than 20,000 people came out, but the campaign stopped counting attendees once the top tier presidential hopeful started her speech.
TIME: 'One Woman, and Millions of People to Back Her Up.' How Elizabeth Warren Made Fighting Corruption A Feminist Rallying Cry
Associated Press: Elizabeth Warren at NYC rally: 'Donald Trump is corruption in the flesh'
The Week: Elizabeth Warren capped her big anti-corruption speech in New York with 4 hours of selfies
Politico: Amy Klobuchar to embark on tour of 'blue wall' states
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is kicking off a “blue wall” tour this week, making stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to a schedule shared with POLITICO.
The Minnesota Democrat has centered her presidential bid on her ability to win back those states — once considered part of a blue wall of Democratic strength in presidential elections — that Donald Trump flipped in 2016.
Biden talks about Mark Sanford, Trump and Democratic opponents ahead of SC stump meet
Joe Biden says he occasionally hears stories from frustrated GOP voters who say they will back his 2020 presidential bid — and not Trump’s.
“I think there are a lot of Republicans who are really disgruntled with the party. Really disgruntled,” the former vice president and 2020 Democratic candidate for president told The State Monday in Marion. “Whether they decide to choose me or not I don’t know.”
Asked for a specific story of who he talked to and how that conversation went, Biden said, “Not that I want to tell you.”
Suffice it to say those voters will move away from President Donald Trump, or choose not to vote or vote for the eventual nominee, added Biden.
Biden sat down with The State at Woodhaven restaurant in Marion before he headed to the Galivants Ferry Stump later, a Pee Dee tradition that dates back to the late 1800s, when Wade Hampton stopped at Galivants Ferry during his S.C. gubernatorial run.
The 2020 presidential election has put a large spotlight on the traditional stump meet compared to years past. Biden was among four Democratic presidential hopefuls to headline the event with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Indiana, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders to attend Democratic presidential labor forum in Philadelphia on Tuesday
Former Vice President Joe Biden will join U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and five other Democratic candidates for president in a Philadelphia labor forum Tuesday afternoon.
Biden, the Democratic front-runner, had been slow to commit to the event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a perceived snub that has caused friction, especially because his campaign headquarters is four blocks from the venue.
Eiding said in early May that a sudden groundswell of support for Biden was happening too fast. He expressed concerns then that Democratic candidates were courting big-dollar donors, but not paying enough attention to rank-and-file union concerns.
Tuesday’s “Workers’ Presidential Summit” grew from that meeting. ...
Two other candidates who qualified for last Thursday’s Democratic debate, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, are also scheduled to attend, along with billionaire activist Tom Steyer, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The candidates will each appear for 20 to 30 minutes in front of a crowd anticipated to number about 2,000, with a moderator asking questions submitted through social media and the website for the event.
The WaPo has some beautiful photos and videos of Warren's rally in Washington Square Park, with this article.
‘The lines keep getting longer’: Crowd size takes center stage in 2020 race as Warren event rivals Trump ...
New York City’s park service initially expected to number between 8,000 and 10,000 people before more than doubling those early estimates.
Kamala Harris To Join Striking McDonald’s Workers In Iowa
The California senator and Democratic 2020 hopeful plans to join the strike line as part of the Fight for $15 movement. ...
“I have fought with organized labor throughout my career and I’m proud to stand in solidarity with McDonald’s workers in Iowa fighting for the wages and benefits they deserve,” Harris said. “Unions built the middle class and yet they are under attack from the Supreme Court to the White House. We need a leader and president who will stand with unions and working people ― I have been that leader and will be that president.”
Saturday’s strike is part of the union-backed Fight for $15 movement demanding an increase in the minimum wage for workers in numerous industries across the country.
Elizabeth Warren's packed NYC rally was significant – but not just because of its size
Earlier this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced a sweeping set of anti-corruption proposals to a crowd of supporters in New York City's iconic Washington Square Park. The focus quickly shifted to the sheer size of the rally – estimated at more than 20,000 – and what that means for the narrowing field of 2020 Democratic contenders. But as CBS News special correspondent and co-host of "The Circus" Alex Wagner observed, the event was significant for more reasons than the number of attendees.
"You saw her framed under Washington Square Park arch with her campaign signs flanking her. That was a bid to show America, to show undecided Democrats that Elizabeth Warren can be a stateswoman. That she can be the kind of person that can lead the country," Wagner told "CBS This Morning" Friday.
Warren has emerged as one of the top Democratic presidential contenders in recent weeks but Monday's event revealed a new strategy that, as Wagner pointed out, is widely seen by Democrats as the best bet for defeating President Trump.
"Elizabeth Warren wants to plant her flag in this anti-corruption strategy. It's something all the Democrats want to use against Trump, but she wants to own it," Wagner said. "And if you look at the polling around Warren, you see momentum there. That rally only helped with that."
Inside Elizabeth Warren's Selfie Strategy
In late March, Jocelyn Roof, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, picked up a call from an unknown number and heard Senator Elizabeth Warren’s voice on the other end of the line. Warren asked her what got her “in this fight”—Roof said she was very concerned about income inequality—and thanked Roof for her $25 donation.
As soon as she got off the phone, Roof took a selfie of her shocked face. She posted it to Snapchat with the caption “MY WHOLE LIFE WAS MADE,” then screenshotted it and posted it to Twitter. Warren retweeted the selfie, with the comment “I’m so glad we got to talk!”
Before the call, Roof said she was undecided about who she would support in the Iowa caucuses. Afterwards, her enthusiasm for Warren “skyrocketed,” she says. “I couldn’t imagine voting for anyone else.” She started donating $5 to the campaign every month and buying snacks for volunteers at field offices. In the first three weeks of September, she registered more than 1,000 new voters on her University of Iowa campus, independent of the Warren campaign.
On Sept. 20, Roof was wearing a “Women for Warren” shirt as she waited in line to take a selfie with the Senator after a rally on her campus. The call and the tweet had made a young undecided Iowa voter into an avid supporter, grassroots donor and potential volunteer.
Des Moines Register
A warm reception for liberal presidential candidates, lion's den for moderates at CCI forum in Iowa
When Mayor Pete Buttigieg argued at a presidential forum Saturday for a government-run health insurance option that people could buy into, while leaving the private industry intact, the crowd chanted "Medicare for All" so loudly organizers needed to tell the shouters to calm down.
It was one moment of several at the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement forum during which Iowans sought to push Democratic presidential candidates toward more liberal positions Saturday. The forum only drew a relative handful of candidates, even as almost the entire field stopped by the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry four miles away.
At the event, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts specifically declined to endorse national rent control. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, faced a similar public option versus Medicare for All-style universal, guaranteed health care question. He only avoided the response Buttigieg experienced by qualifying his stance by adding he would make sure “everyone has Medicare who wants it.”
Only U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose 2016 presidential campaign shifted Democratic politics in a distinctly more progressive direction, received an overwhelmingly positive welcome.
Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters attend rally in Norman
NORMAN, OK — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made two stops in Oklahoma on Sunday as part of his 2020 campaign.
More than 4,000 people first gathered in Norman at Reaves Park.
Several supporters said they appreciate Sanders coming to Oklahoma.
"Oklahoma, you don’t really think of Democratic candidates coming here but the fact that he did is really telling to his willingness to talk to anybody," Godine said. ...
Sanders ended his day holding a rally in Lawton, Oklahoma at the Comanche Nation Complex.
Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke to speak at Kent State
Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is set to visit Northeast Ohio next week.
O’Rourke will speak at Kent State University’s Risman Plaza at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Kent State College Democrats announced on Twitter Tuesday night.
Des Moines Register
Elizabeth Warren's slow, steady ground game helped propel rise in latest Iowa Poll
Elizabeth Warren’s slow but steady rise in the first-in-the-nation caucus state is as much a result of her robust organizational presence here as it is a response to the Massachusetts senator’s many plans and policies, Iowa experts say.
“You’re seeing a major result of Sen. Warren being here a great deal, hiring a smart team in Iowa and executing a smart campaign operation,” said Matt Paul, a Des Moines operative who ran Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Iowa caucus campaign.
According to the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, Warren now leads a crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders, displacing former vice president Joe Biden from the top of the poll for the first time this caucus cycle.
Twenty-two percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers say Warren is their first choice for president, compared with 20% for Biden and 11% for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. No other candidate reaches double digits.
It’s the first major shakeup in the polling standings, said pollster J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll.
But the results were not surprising, said several Iowa Democrats who have watched Warren build out a team that is widely credited with having the most sophisticated organizational presence in the state.
Pete Buttigieg Has Some Thoughts About Ideology — Even If He Rejects Your Labels
IOWA FALLS, Iowa — How exactly do you define Pete Buttigieg’s politics? That’s a question that will be important to voters this winter as they examine the 37-year-old, and it animated the mayor who wants to be president over the weekend in Iowa.
More than a dozen journalists joined him on his giant new bus for what he promised would be hours of freewheeling discussion. The goal of the four-day tour was, in part, to see how he would hold up under prolonged exposure to reporters. “If I couldn’t manage that,” Buttigieg explained Saturday night, “you would find out.” ...
But Buttigieg had a lot on his mind, particularly with regard to how he’s running and how he’s being perceived. He believes peeling away support from former vice president Joe Biden — who leads most national polls and was second in a new Iowa poll out Saturday — is part of his path to the nomination. And in a long exchange prompted by a question about how he defines himself politically, Buttigieg rejected most labels and called populism a “slippery” term.
“The one I find the most problematic, actually, is centrist,” said of descriptions that have been applied to him. It says you’re about being in the middle, and there are ideological centrists in this race. I don’t view myself as part of that ideological framing.”
“Pragmatic, on the other hand,” Buttigieg added, “I would embrace.” ...
Later, between stops in Iowa Falls to Waterloo, the discussion came back to labels.
“The label I’m most comfortable wearing,” he concluded, “is Democrat.”
Des Moines Register
Despite pundits' doubts, Warren's star rises without private confabs with millionaires
Less than an hour before the latest Iowa Poll on Democratic presidential contenders was to come out, I was sitting for an interview with Elizabeth Warren in the downtown Des Moines Hilton lobby, getting a sense of what it might show. We could barely get through a question without being interrupted by enthusiastic fans wanting to connect with her. Earlier, at the Polk County Steak Fry, the applause for Warren had been louder and more sustained than for any other candidate. People had waited two hours in line to get selfies with her. And the kernels of corn stacking up in jars with her name on them went higher than other candidates'.
Warren was on, ebullient, engaged. Asked where she got the energy after a grueling day, she said, “I feel so optimistic because nobody’s on the sidelines anymore. People are in this fight." That infectious optimism may be the single most effective factor in vaulting her into Democratic frontrunner status in Iowa. She said “hope” is the word she hears most from people after her stump speech – and "I don't do a very flowery stump speech." ...
But unlike Sanders, who excited a progressive base in 2016, or former Vice President Joe Biden, whose familiar name had him leading all the polls early on, Warren tells stories of perseverance and triumph. She recalls an America in which hard-working people who fell sick or suffered a job loss had a safety net. She tells her own story of growing up in Oklahoma City, the daughter of a janitor and a homemaker, and ending up in the U.S. Senate “because I was in an America that was building a future for all its children."
It's the seamlessness of the narrative, the weaving in of history and economics, the connecting of dots between workers' struggles, the rise of the labor movement and the passage of worker-protection laws that make her vision plausible. And it's the bottom-up nature of her campaign.
2020's Most In-Depth, People-Powered Forum Just Happened in Iowa
Here's how Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, and Castro did when they were challenged to answer tough questions about Medicare for All, racial profiling, and housing justice.
Des Moines—“These are the people who are tired of not getting their phone calls returned,” said Jean O’Donnell, a racial justice activist in Des Moines, as she watched thousands of activists fill a sprawling convention-center ballroom for an appropriately titled “People’s Presidential Forum.”
The crowd was multiracial, multiethnic, urban and rural, all ages, mostly from Iowa but also from other states where People’s Action is working with its growing network of progressive organizations on a 2020 agenda that the group’s national director, George Goehl, sums up as “defeating white nationalism and advancing a big, bold agenda.” They had all come to Des Moines for what would turn out to be the most grassroots-focused, poignant, and revealing forum so far in the campaign season. As activists who have “committed to organize 47,310 volunteers to move 2,829,105 voters to vote for candidates who will enact the People’s Platform” in 2020, they arrived with a shared purpose: to determine whether any of the Democratic presidential candidates are prepared to serve as “a movement president.”
But how do the people who are tired of not getting their phone calls returned achieve the “radical, total liberation” proposed by Bryce Fields, an organizer with Illinois’s One People’s Campaign as he roused an overwhelmingly working-class crowd? The answer was in the room, where so many of the people were associated with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) Action and Iowa Student Action. Because the vast majority of the 2,500 people who attended Saturday’s forum will participate in next February’s Iowa caucuses, Iowa CCI Action President Barb Kalbach was right when she told the crowd, “We are a mighty force.”
That explains why four Democratic presidential contenders, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former housing secretary Julián Castro, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, showed up Saturday to face tougher inquiries, more pointed follow-up questions, and deeper scrutiny than any had experienced in this year’s vapid televised debates. The format—the most impressive I have seen at a forum so far this year—had the candidates listen to testimony from immigrants, refugees, fast-food workers, daughters caring for ailing parents, moms struggling to find adequate housing, and people who have been racially profiled. Farmers who were well into their eighties and LGBTQ+ students who were just into their 20s asked precise questions about issues raised by the testimony. There were no moderators, no panels of cable news show hosts, no “gotcha” questions.
Klobuchar stresses voting rights, criminal justice reform in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said it should be easier for people to vote and vowed to protect voting rights during a stop today before a small group of activists on the city’s north side.
The Minnesota Democrat also discussed criminal justice reform during her meeting with members of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities at their headquarters in the heart of a zip code with one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation.
Earlier in the day, Klobuchar visited Organic Valley Cooperative Dairy Farm in Random Lake. Following her meeting with BLOC, she visited a nearby coffee shop.
Speaking before BLOC, Klobuchar said a number of states are trying to make it harder for people to vote despite the rarity of incidents of voter fraud used to justify such measures.
“It’s become a total political game to keep people out of the voting booth,” Klobuchar said.
Sanders addresses Comanche event in Warren’s home state
LAWTON, Okla. — Bernie Sanders campaigned Sunday in reliably Republican Oklahoma with an appearance before the largest annual gathering of the Comanche Nation in the state where rival Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren was born. ...
The Comanches, who are holding their 28th annual Nation Fair Powwow, are a Plains Indian tribe of about 17,000 enrolled members, with headquarters just north of Lawton, in southwest Oklahoma. Powwows are important social events for many tribes, featuring traditional dance, songs, food, regalia and other customs, and Sunday’s was held at the tribe’s headquarters in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains. ...
“What you understand, and what you have taught us — and it is a lesson that must be learned now or the entire planet will be in danger — you have taught us that, as human beings, we are part of nature and we cannot destroy nature and survive,” Sanders said, adding that Native Americans have “enriched the American people. You have educated the American people.”
“I know and you know that, for too many years, the needs of the American Indian have been ignored, treaties have been broken and lie after lie has been told to you,” Sanders said. ...
Indeed, Comanche Chairman William Nelson, Sr. said that no presidential candidate had visited the Comanche Nation since Teddy Roosevelt came to Oklahoma to hunt wolves while still a White House hopeful.
“It’s an honor that an actual candidate for president would visit the Comanche Nation,” Nelson said.
Beto O'Rourke delivers pizzas, speaks to picketing Lordstown UAW workers
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke paid a visit to the idled GM Lordstown plant on Wednesday to deliver some pizzas and speak with picketing United Auto Workers outside.
The presidential hopeful and former Texas congressman spoke with workers, who said they did everything General Motors wanted and did not understand why they idled the Lordstown plant. They told O'Rourke they don't want to leave. They want to find a job close to home.
"Every person I've talked to has told me I played by the rules. I did everything GM asked me to do, and this is the reward I get at the end of my life," O'Rourke said.
O'Rourke brought up how the auto industry is moving more towards electric vehicles and asked why they can't bring those cars to the Lordstown plant.