- Deval Patrick, the center-left former governor of Massachusetts, and a friend of former president Barack Obama, has entered the Democratic primary.
- Obama himself has warned candidates to “pay some attention to where voters actually are.”
The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff.
- Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a centrist, has filed paperwork in Alabama, which has an early cut-off date, just in case he decides to run.
- Even Hillary Clinton, who lost to Donald Trump in 2016, is not ruling out another bid, telling the BBC, “I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it.”
- Democratic Party officials have been slow to endorse candidates this year. Read more
In the six states that could decide the outcome of the 2020 election in America, Joe Biden outpolls his Democratic rivals, in particular among minority voters and white voters with a college degree.
The New York Times reports that middle-income voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin prefer the relatively centrist former vice president over the more left-wing Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The head-to-head figures against Donald Trump are mostly within the margin of error and probably not predictive a year out from the election.
But they do give Democratic primary voters vital information as they make up their minds about whom to nominate. Read more
- Beto O’Rourke has dropped out.
- Joe Biden has pulled ahead of the other candidates in the endorsement primary.
- Elizabeth Warren has released a plan to pay for Medicare-for-all.
- Kamala Harris has pulled out of New Hampshire and is focusing entirely on Iowa.
- Biden is at 27 percent support in recent polls, followed by Warren at 21, Bernie Sanders at 17, Pete Buttigieg at 8 and Harris at 5.
- Biden is down from a high of 40 percent in May, when Warren was polling at just 8 percent. Read more
Replacing private health insurance with a single-payer, government-run system is hugely unpopular in the United States, but that hasn’t convinced two of the Democrats’ three top-polling presidential candidates — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — to back away from it.
In the most recent televised debate, Warren, who is polling neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden, couldn’t say how much “Medicare-for-all” would cost or who would pay for it. She has since promised to release a detailed plan.
Sanders, to his credit, admitted it would require tax increases. But by how much, and for whom, he didn’t say.
He can’t. Nationalizing health insurance for 327 million Americans is such a huge and complex undertaking that nobody knows how much it would cost.
Which calls into question the wisdom of doing it at all. Read more
The revelation that American president Donald Trump conditioned military aid to Ukraine on the country opening an investigation into the business dealings of former vice president Joe Biden’s son there have renewed pressure on House speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings.
This is the textbook impeachable offense: using the power of the presidency to bribe or blackmail a foreign leader and conspiring with another country against your political opponents in the United States.
So what is Pelosi waiting for? Read more
Ten candidates have qualified for the third Democratic presidential debate, to be held in two weeks’ time, putting pressure on the low-polling candidates to drop out.
New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who failed to qualify, ended her campaign on Wednesday, joining John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Seth Moulton and Eric Swalwell.
Michael Bennet, Bill de Blasio, Steve Bullock, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Ryan, Tom Steyer and Marianne Williamson remain in the race, although they have little support.
The ten candidates who qualified are: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.
Of those, Biden is the clear frontrunner while Sanders and Warren share second place in the polls. Read more
Good news: Democratic presidential candidates are coming to their senses on health care.
Senators Cory Booker, Kirstin Gillibrand and Kamala Harris have all backed away from abolishing private health insurance in favor of Medicare-for-all.
Even Senator Elizabeth Warren has given herself wiggle room, saying “there are a lot of different pathways” to achieving universal coverage.
The exception is Bernie Sanders, the author of Medicare-for-all and a self-declared democratic socialist. Read more