Michael Bloomberg reportedly reaches out to Andrew Yang as possible running mate
NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg’s campaign has reportedly reached out to Andrew Yang in hopes of winning the failed presidential candidate’s endorsement — and has even “floated the possibility” of naming Yang as his running mate.The billionaire ex-mayor’s aides made the overtures to Yang, an upstart who rose from near-total anonymity to make a significant impact in the Democratic primary race before dropping out after New Hampshire primary, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.The attention-grabbing claim raises as many questions as it answers.Yang, an entrepreneur, attracted a younger group...
New York Daily News
South Carolina an early barometer of Amy Klobuchar's black support
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Sen. Amy Klobuchar told a group of black ministers here Wednesday that to win the presidency in November Democrats need a fired-up base, “which has always had its roots in the African American community.”For the Minnesota senator, fighting to stay competitive in her party’s presidential contest, South Carolina’s primary on Saturday stands as the first-ever major test of her appeal in the black community, a vital Democratic constituency.Black voters make up about 60% of the Palmetto State’s Democratic electorate. Klobuchar lacks the kind of deep ties with black activist...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mary Schmich: Can't pick the best Democratic presidential candidate? Try 'Rank-a-Pol'
Are you a Democrat or independent looking for a different way to talk about the Democratic presidential candidates with friends who don’t agree with you? Would you like a pleasant variation on the arguments so many of us engage in?Try a game I’m calling “Rank-a-Pol,” as in “rank a politician.”This game sprang from a conversation I had a few days ago, one of those conversations in which broadly like-minded people nevertheless have heated differences about who should be the next Democratic candidate for president.There were four of us. One was a 24-year-old straight man who works for an online t...
Jim Clyburn endorses Joe Biden for president days ahead of SC's primary
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn is officially backing Joe Biden for president.The South Carolina Democrat and state party kingmaker announced Wednesday morning he is throwing support behind the former vice president, who was present for the announcement.Clyburn delivered the news at Trident Technical College in his North Charleston district in an emotional speech, evoking the memory of his late-wife Emily England Clyburn — “(There was) nobody Emily loved as a leader in this country more than she loved Joe Biden, and we talked about Joe all the time.”And he recalle...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Fidel Castro again haunts a presidential debate as rivals blast Sanders' Cuba views
Fidel Castro has been haunting American politicians for decades. Now it’s Bernie Sanders’ turn.During Tuesday night’s presidential primary debate in South Carolina, Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, was blasted by his rivals over comments he made in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday praising literacy rates on the Caribbean island following Castro’s 1959 Cuban revolution.Pressed by CBS moderators on his past “sympathies” for socialist regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua, Sanders defended himself, saying he’s condemned authoritarian regimes across the world. He said he ...
Democrats want revenge on Jeff Van Drew in New Jersey. First they have to pick a candidate
EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. — Six New Jersey Democrats piled into a Teamsters hall here last week to make the case for why they should be the one to take on their party’s longtime ally turned archenemy.On the surface, there wasn’t much tension between the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who defected to the Republican Party last year after opposing President Donald Trump’s impeachment.“We agree on 90%,” Brigid Callahan Harrison, a professor at Montclair State University and one of the Democrats running in the South Jersey district, said during the candi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Will there ever be a right time for a woman president? Busting the 'electability' fears
Will there ever be a right time for a woman president?I understood why progressive voters were ambivalent at best about Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2016. Clinton was a core part of a powerful political dynasty, with centrist policies and backed by the Democratic power structure. With that gigantic head start, it was easy to feel that Clinton’s election would not be a true test of the potential for women to ascend to the highest office in the land.But four years later, the landscape looks dramatically different.We now have an open field that includes two staunchly progressive candidates vying s...
The Seattle Times
Army vet running for Congress in Arizona suspends campaign after opioid overdose
Chris Taylor, one of the Republicans looking to challenge Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District this November, announced Monday that he will be suspending his campaign because of a recent drug overdose.“Today, I have suspended my campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives and am seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder,” Taylor said in a statement. “I will fully cooperate with local authorities on any matters arising from my recent relapse and overdose.”Taylor, a father of two and city councilman who served two tours in Afghanistan, said that he had s...
New York Daily News
SC poll shows Biden in stronger position days before First in the South primary
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A poll released Monday by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling gave former Vice President Joe Biden a more comfortable lead in South Carolina ahead of this week’s First in the South primary.While polls over the last month have placed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders — the front-runner nationwide — within striking distance of Biden in South Carolina, Public Policy Polling gave the former vice president a 15-percentage-point lead over the Vermont independent.“Plenty could happen to change things in the next five days, but for now it looks like Biden’s position might be shoring ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Presidential candidates rarely give New Jersey any love. Until Mike Bloomberg
PHILADELPHIA — In the long slog of presidential elections, candidates don’t have to think about New Jersey much because it usually holds its primary in June, after the likely nominee is obvious.Enter Mike Bloomberg and his billions of dollars.The former New York mayor and Republican-turned-Democrat opened his first campaign office in New Jersey this month, an unusual move given the state is nearly last on the 2020 primary calendar. Bloomberg is the first Democratic candidate to have a brick-and-mortar presence in the state, in keeping with his strategy to invest in later voting states, on the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer