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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:27 pm 
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Michael Avenatti announces he will not run for president in 2020

Controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti announced Tuesday he will not run for president in 2020, months after saying he was weighing a bid for the White House.

"I do not make this decision lightly — I make it out of respect for my family," said Avenatti, who first gained fame and infamy for his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in multiple legal cases involving President Donald Trump, said

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There's a relief. I think he would have faded in the primaries fast, but could have wasted a lot of peoples' money and time in the process.

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Deval Patrick to announce he won’t run for president, sources say
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/ ... on-1045361

He's out.

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Colorado's Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat.

He's already launched a political action committee that allows him to raise money nationally and hired his 2014 campaign manager, Brad Komar, to run it. Since the PAC was formed in September, Komar has done 80 interviews with possible campaign staffers, the person said. Of those, Hickenlooper has conducted or participated in 30 interviews. The operation has hired Democratic veteran Anna Greenberg as its pollster and FK & Co. as national fundraisers; it raises money for Democratic senators including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:48 pm 
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Colorado's Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat.

He's already launched a political action committee that allows him to raise money nationally and hired his 2014 campaign manager, Brad Komar, to run it. Since the PAC was formed in September, Komar has done 80 interviews with possible campaign staffers, the person said. Of those, Hickenlooper has conducted or participated in 30 interviews. The operation has hired Democratic veteran Anna Greenberg as its pollster and FK & Co. as national fundraisers; it raises money for Democratic senators including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics ... li=BBnb7Kz


A twofer Michael Bennet is also talking about it.


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Colorado's Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid


Wouldn't be my first choice in what is likely to be a crowded primary. Methinks he could make a good Cabinet secretary, but no I personally wouldn't put him at Interior.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/ ... ats-842596

“His biggest hurdle I think is this: He has been able to be a moderate in Colorado because it’s a purple state,” said Gary Hart, the former Colorado senator and two-time presidential candidate who spoke with Hickenlooper at length about a potential campaign. “But that’s a world of difference [from] running in primaries in partisan Democratic caucuses and primaries. The turnout there are people who care deeply about certain issues, the [Brett] Kavanaugh nomination or climate change or whatever. If he moderates, if he runs a general election campaign in those deep-breathing Democratic states, he will not get the nomination.”

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But Hickenlooper has been criticized by environmentalists for his permissive approach to hydraulic fracturing, despite supporting ambitious climate change policies. And he remains more moderate fiscally than many Democrats.

“I think he has a lane: that lane is of a pragmatic, pro-trade business oriented Democrat who has a very progressive social record, and a more centrist view of economic issues,” said Alan Salazar, a former Hickenlooper strategist in Colorado.

Salazar acknowledged that “primary politics doesn’t lend itself to that kind of message.” But he said, “If Democrats are smart, and I hope we are, we’ll be open to the John Hickenloopers of the world.” (*)

Hickenlooper, who is termed out of the governor’s office, runs almost no political risk in running for president. If unsuccessful, he could still position himself for a Cabinet position in a Democratic administration, or for a future U.S. Senate run.

[snip][end]

There were some rumors Hickenlooper and Kasich would form a cross-party unity ticket - they know that won't fly.

(*) I'm open to them, they just are usually not my first choice in primaries. :D

BTW, Msr. Hickenlooper, I *do* like your stance against negative ads.

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Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum meets with Obama amid 2020 speculation
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/05/politics ... index.html

Andrew Gillum met with former President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN, amid ongoing speculation that the former Democratic nominee for Florida governor might be considering a potential 2020 presidential bid.

It is unclear what was discussed at the meeting between Obama and Gillum, who has been talked about as a possible 2020 presidential contender and hasn't ruled out a bid.

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Another Democrat who became a national sensation during the midterms but ultimately fell short, Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke, is also taking a look at a possible presidential bid. The Washington Post reported that O'Rourke met last month with Obama.

Obama has met in recent months with a lengthy roster of possible 2020 Democratic contenders, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, and his former Vice President, Joe Biden.

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Obama: former president, current kingmaker. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:31 pm 
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One way to say you're thinking of running, without saying you're thinking of running. :rw)

A Key Sherrod Brown Ally Has Launched “The Committee To Draft Sherrod Brown For President 2020”
The organization is designed to promote the Ohio senator as a candidate for the 2020 Democratic primary.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/he ... mpaign-pac

A key ally of Sherrod Brown has quietly launched an organization designed to promote Brown as a presidential candidate, as the Democratic senator from Ohio contemplates a 2020 campaign.

The Committee to Draft Sherrod Brown for President 2020 was incorporated last week by Michael Wager, according to a filing with the Ohio secretary of state’s office.

Wager is Brown’s former campaign finance chair and a prominent Democratic attorney in Cleveland. He declined to comment on the record when reached Thursday by BuzzFeed News.

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NDP Delegates Overwhelmingly Approve Returning To A Presidential Primary In 2020

ORD, Neb. — Members of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s State Central Committee (SCC) on Saturday overwhelmingly approved returning to a Presidential Primary for the 2020 Election.

The NDP conducted a Presidential Caucus in 2008, 2012 and 2016. NDP Delegates and Officers acknowledge the benefits of caucuses to build the local party infrastructure and allow same-day voter registration. However, the benefits of allowing Independents to choose a Democratic primary ballot and assist the down-ballot candidates with more voters ultimately swayed the body to choose a primary for the 2020 Presidential nomination process.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:04 am 
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Oh the weather outside ... in NH ... is delightful .... :D

Amid 2020 speculation, Booker draws big crowds in New Hampshire
https://www.wmur.com/article/amid-2020- ... e/25444674

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker drew big crowds during a swing through the Granite State on Saturday.

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Sitting down for a one-on-one interview with WMUR, Booker said he doesn't have a timeline for making a decision about a 2020 White House bid.

“During the holidays, I'm going to sit down and take a lot of stock about what I want to do next, whether run for president or stay in the Senate and help this continued movement in our country to reinvigorate our democracy,” he said.

[snip][end]

Not going to be my first choice in a crowded primary, also, have to admit. Too much of a mushy centrist on some things that bug me. On the other hand: willing to be bold on some things, like criminal justice reform, and even work with the other party on them.

If he winds up in the general election (and we assume nothing else changes before 2020) ... well, his humanity alone outshines the current occupant of the WH by tremendous amounts ... won't be a hard choice.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:18 pm 
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https://ballotpedia.org/Presidential_candidates,_2020


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:23 pm 
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That list will continue to winnow down. It's just too huge to go through right now. :D We'll see who's really serious by mid-next year.

Some of those are ridiculous. Lincoln Chafee would have to be a double fool to try again. His metric system won't sell any better in 2020.

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MoveOn's straw poll. The winner was "somebody else". :rw)

Beto is in second.

Here are the top 10 finishers in the MoveOn straw poll for 2020 nominee:

Someone else/DK/other: 28.8 percent
Beto O’Rourke: 15.6 percent
Joe Biden: 14.9 percent
Bernie Sanders: 13.1 percent
Kamala Harris: 10 percent
Elizabeth Warren: 6.4 percent
Sherrod Brown: 2.9 percent
Amy Klobuchar: 2.8 percent
Michael Bloomberg: 2.7 percent
Cory Booker: 2.6 percent

I like Beto. He's got youth, passion, a great message, kicked ass in Texas, made Ted Cruz whine. Those are all good things. But me, I'm one of those fuddy-duddy types who also cares about experience and legislative ability. He should run for a House seat or for governor - then go for the top ring.

Julian Castro's down there near the bottom, but I heard he's got an exploratory committee. :D

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MoveOn's straw poll. The winner was "somebody else". :rw)

Beto is in second.

Here are the top 10 finishers in the MoveOn straw poll for 2020 nominee:

Someone else/DK/other: 28.8 percent
Beto O’Rourke: 15.6 percent
Joe Biden: 14.9 percent
Bernie Sanders: 13.1 percent
Kamala Harris: 10 percent
Elizabeth Warren: 6.4 percent
Sherrod Brown: 2.9 percent
Amy Klobuchar: 2.8 percent
Michael Bloomberg: 2.7 percent
Cory Booker: 2.6 percent

I like Beto. He's got youth, passion, a great message, kicked ass in Texas, made Ted Cruz whine. Those are all good things. But me, I'm one of those fuddy-duddy types who also cares about experience and legislative ability. He should run for a House seat or for governor - then go for the top ring.

Julian Castro's down there near the bottom, but I heard he's got an exploratory committee. :D


It appears the move on polls voter sample may lean a bit heavy with the white male voters by comparison with the overall party electorate.

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Having won three times in a heavily leaning democratic district as government experience O'Rourke appears to be more experienced and fit for the job than Trump was. His past business experience looks better than Trump's.

"Following college, O'Rourke worked as a live-in nanny for a family in Manhattan, then at Hedley's Humpers as an art mover, before working with his uncle at a startup Internet service provider."--wiki

He's not won a race in a competitive district though, nor has he won a statewide race. :|


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Joaquin Castro says brother Julián is running for president in 2020
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4 ... nt-in-2020

Julián Castro said he planned to make an official decision about running on Jan. 12.

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I think he faces one main obstacle. A small percentage of the population who doesn't realize his last name is common among Hispanics, and he's not related to Fidel or Raul. :roll:

I know, "identity politics," but yeah, it'd be cool to have our first Hispanic president. Taco trucks outside the WH! :rw)

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Biden, Sanders, O'Rourke top Iowa poll -- Inslee nowhere to be found

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and newcomer Beto O'Rourke top the authoritative Des Moines Register poll of 2020 Democratic presidential prospects. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, pondering a run, is nowhere to be found.

The poll showed that half of the Democratic caucus-goers polled want a "seasoned hand" to take on an erratic President Trump, versus 36 percent who wish for a newcomer.

https://www.seattlepi.com/local/politic ... 472619.php


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Joaquin Castro says brother Julián is running for president in 2020
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4 ... nt-in-2020

Julián Castro said he planned to make an official decision about running on Jan. 12.

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I think he faces one main obstacle. A small percentage of the population who doesn't realize his last name is common among Hispanics, and he's not related to Fidel or Raul. :roll:

I know, "identity politics," but yeah, it'd be cool to have our first Hispanic president. Taco trucks outside the WH! :rw)


On every corner, hopefully! :)

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Democrats will hold 12 debates for the 2020 presidential contest

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday that it will sanction 12 debates for the 2020 presidential primaries, with the first ones taking place next June and July, the committee's chairman, Tom Perez, said on a conference call with reporters.

Six of the debates will take place in 2019, Perez said, and six in 2020, with the final one in April. Perez said that none of the states with the first nominating contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — would host a debate until 2020.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politi ... st-n950391


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California moves up primary, wants bigger impact 2020 vote

Go west, 2020 presidential candidates?

Early voting in California's primary will overlap with the traditional early nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. That could force the sprawling field of Democrats to navigate those states as well as California's notoriously complex landscape, where campaigning is done through paid political ads.

https://www.newsday.com/news/nation/cal ... 1.25041589


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Bernie begins the ATTACK of Democrats, the same one he did on Hillary assuring a rump presidency

This is an email a friend in Vermont got from him, the first line is my friends comment of what follows



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I Just received this email from the vermin from Vermont. He spends all those paragraphs denigrating Democrats in an attempt to divide us, then signs off "In solidarity"!!! Plus it's loaded with lies - where are those ads from "Third Way"? No mention of the real content, just a trumpian vague reference to them.

GFYS!!!

Sisters and Brothers -

Let me take this opportunity to wish you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.

Whenever I am asked about running for president in 2020, I answer that if I am the best candidate to beat Donald Trump, then I will probably run. That is the truth.

If that happens, the political, financial and media elite of this country will stop at nothing to defeat us. You know that. We’ve lived through it together once before. Our ideas terrify them. So what they will do is try to divide us up with attacks — some old, some new — and our political opponents will spend obscene sums of money on ads to defeat us.

I just did not expect the attack ads to begin before I even made a decision. But they have…

Right now, a group of Wall Street Democrats known as the Third Way is running ads in early primary states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — calling me out by name and saying our ideas, like Medicare for all, are a path to defeat in 2020.

They not only want to discourage or defeat a Sanders candidacy, they want to make sure that the progressive agenda is not advanced by anyone. They want us to go back to their failed corporate approach which has led to a massive level of income and wealth inequality, a bloated military budget and a failure to address the crises of climate change, a broken criminal justice system and inhumane immigration policies.

Last time we ran, we made the financial elite pay a price for their attacks on our progressive agenda. It is just as important we do it again today:

Make a $3 donation to our campaign to help us fight back and send a message that we will NOT let the political and financial elite of this country buy this election and scare candidates from supporting a progressive agenda.

Our agenda terrifies the political and financial establishment of this country.

But the truth is, their agenda should terrify all of us.

Our ideas will lift people out of poverty, they will guarantee health care as a right for every man, woman and child, and they will make certain that every person in this country with the ability and the desire can get the education they need, regardless of the income of their family.

Ours is not a radical agenda. It's the agenda the American people want.

Their agenda, paid for by wealthy campaign contributors, has led to record levels of inequality, a health care system that costs more per capita than any other developed nation while leaving millions uninsured and underinsured, and grotesque amounts of student debt that rob many of our young people of their futures.

Theirs is the agenda that made Donald Trump possible. Ours is the agenda that will defeat him.

And that’s why it’s so important progressives stand up to their attacks today:

[plea for donations deleted.....]

In 2016 we faced the kitchen sink. If we run again, you should expect no less. But the political revolution is stronger and larger than ever, and they will be no match for us if we’re in this fight together.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders


I know Bernie is going to run and I know he mainly is working to make sure a Democrat never gets in the WH again, when will others figure it out I wonder?

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Elizabeth Warren launches 2020 presidential exploratory committee
In a video to supporters, Warren focuses on economic fairness as she becomes the first major Democrat to take a formal step toward a presidential bid.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-e ... ee-n953151

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Monday that she is establishing an exploratory committee to consider a 2020 White House bid, vowing to be a tenacious advocate for economic fairness and rebuilding the middle class.

In filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to allow her to begin raising and spending money to benefit her likely candidacy, Warren becomes the first big-name Democrat to take formal steps to enter what could be a crowded, expensive and extended contest for the party’s presidential nomination.

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In an other thread I mentioned the Google news index at: https://news.google.com/

They have the story collection for the basic Elizabeth Warren is running announcement. They have the links to the major news outlets, the Twitter, and the full coverage listing 40 or 50 stories all about the bombshell Elizabeth Warren is running announcement.

The news header for that features a photo of Kamala Harris, a nice one. :)


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Jay Inslee, the ‘Climate Candidate,’ Joins the 2020 Race

WASHINGTON — Jay Inslee, the Democratic governor of Washington state, has entered the 2020 presidential race. And he’s betting his candidacy on the idea that Americans care enough about the existential threat of our time — climate change — to elect a president with a laser-like, almost singular focus on that issue.

The news does not come as much of a surprise. Last month, Inslee first spoke to Rolling Stone about the need for a Democratic candidate in 2020 who would put climate change at the forefront of his or her campaign — a role for which he refused to rule himself out. “I do think that it is absolutely imperative that the Democratic Party put forth a candidate who will make climate change a principal, front-burner issue, rather than some peripheral back burner,” he said. “I believe it’s a potentially winning issue to run on, and we need a candidate who will do that.”

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