Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it impossible for his campaign to gain traction.“You’ve got to be a realist,” Sanford said outside the New Hampshire statehouse. “What I did not anticipate is an impeachment.”The former South Carolina governor and congressman announced his decision to suspend his campaign on the eve of televised impeachment hearings in the U.S. House. He centered his campaign on warnings about the national debt but had struggled to gain traction since announcing his run in September. He said Republicans were more interested in defending Trump from the threat of impeachment.“It was a long shot, but we wanted to try and interject this issue, how much we’re spending, into the national debate which comes along once every four years,” Sanford said. “I don’t think on the Republican side there is any … [Read more...] about Republican Mark Sanford ends his 2020 presidential bid
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference at a gun control advocacy event in Las Vegas. Bloomberg has opened door to a potential presidential run, saying the Democratic field 'not well positioned' to defeat Trump. less FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference at a gun control advocacy event in Las Vegas. Bloomberg has opened door to a potential ... more Photo: John Locher, AP Photo: John Locher, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference at a gun control advocacy event in Las Vegas. Bloomberg has opened door to a potential … [Read more...] about Bloomberg registers for 2020 ballot in Arkansas
The contretemps over former California Rep. Katie Hill showed Democrats and progressives will come down hard on anything #MeToo. But how do they — especially their presidential candidates — feel about #WeThree (not the musical group)? Or more? Party leaders knew Hill had to go amid allegations of an affair with a male legislative director. She also admitted to a prior liaison with a 22-year-old female campaign staffer.Yet, nary a peep in protest of the revelation that Hill and her now-estranged hubby were flaunting their marriage vows in a “throuple” relationship. The term occasioned titillation — but not a hint of condemnation from Democrats of a brand of romance that alone would have doomed a political career very few years ago. Rather, defenses proliferated rapidly from the left. “Revenge porn.” “Slut-shaming.” A “double standard” affecting women politicians. “Smear campaigns.” “GOP enemies” … [Read more...] about MAISTROS: In Post Katie Hill-Era, How Many Democratic Presidential Candidates Support Polyamory?
Any candidate jumping in to, what is destined to be, a crowded 2020 Democratic primary will confront a stark political reality: the biggest, most expensive state in the country now actually, truly matters. California is not a customary playground for presidential aspirants. There are no historic caucus sites or snowy treks through New England hamlets. But operatives in the party are increasingly concluding that voters in The Golden State will have an immense, even oversized, role in choosing the 2020 Democratic nominee. That’s because, last September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Prime Time Primary Act into law, which moved up the state’s primary date from June to the beginning of March. California also allows mail-in balloting, which means that a sizable portion of its voters will be casting ballots early in February. And thus, a state that sent 475 delegates to the convention in the 2016 presidential election will be witnessing primary voting at roughly the same … [Read more...] about Why California, Not Iowa, Could Pick the Next Democratic Presidential Nominee
WASHINGTON — Democrats credit their 2018 midterm success to focusing on pocketbook issues and avoiding engaging with President Trump on immigration. They may not have that luxury in 2020. The U.S. is on pace to receive more migrants at the southern border — many of whom are seeking asylum — in fiscal year 2019 than in any year in more than a decade. At current rates, more than 750,000 migrants would either be caught in illegal crossing attempts or show up at official border crossings without authorization to enter. The Trump administration says it is unable to handle the influx; and photos of migrants held in pens under an El Paso bridge last month made national headlines. But aside from condemning Trump’s immigration policies as cruel contributors to the problem, Democrats have largely avoided talking about border-security ideas. Most of the party’s presidential candidates have focused on expanding access to health care and other economic measures … [Read more...] about 2020 Democrats grapple with immigration message as border crossings surge