Former New Orleans mayor on 2020 run: 'I don't think I'm going to do it'

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu isn’t running. Or at least he isn’t planning on it. The Louisiana Democrat told CNN on Wednesday morning that he does not think he will seek his party’s 2020 presidential nomination, citing the already packed field of “great candidates.” “I don’t think so,” the former mayor responded when asked…

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Democratic governors steer party to left for universal health care

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants California to be the first state to offer Medicaid to undocumented adults. Gov. Jared Polis wants Colorado to pioneer a multi-state single-payer system. And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz wants residents to be able to buy into Medicaid. These radical moves by newly elected liberal governors reveal a new movement among…

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Beto O’Rourke unfazed by weak poll numbers

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke defended his low standing in a new Iowa poll by saying it doesn’t “describe the full picture.” The former Texas congressman was backed by 2 percent of those surveyed in the poll released Saturday night. “You know, I don’t know that this many months out from the caucuses in Iowa…

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‘You need to make a move right now’: Dems prepare for raucous debates

Democratic presidential candidates took one big lesson from their first debates in June: The contenders who shined brightest attacked other candidates onstage. Now, they are all preparing to trade punches ahead of round two in Detroit. Across the Democratic presidential field, candidates are reading up on points of contrast with key rivals and preparing attack…

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Harris turns tables on gender question

Can a woman beat Donald Trump in 2020? Kamala Harris, in her first visit to Iowa for a town hall hosted by CNN, was asked a variation of the question. The California Democrat would eventually get to her answer. But in one of several demonstrations of her discipline on the trail, the presidential hopeful first…

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Trump counter-programs Dem debate with his greatest hits

BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump tore into his 2020 Democratic rivals, the media and even plastic straws when he addressed House Republicans Thursday during their annual retreat, providing some animated counter-programming to a Democratic debate halfway across the nation focused on candidates slamming the president. “They should be watching the debate, but they’re probably watching…

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Harris challenges Axelrod over criticism she's too 'cautious' on trail

SAN FRANCISCO — Sen. Kamala Harris on Saturday pushed back at the emerging narrative that she’s been too timid while campaigning for president, using a POLITICO interview to challenge her naysayers to come watch her field questions on the road. Harris’ uneven national TV appearances, in particular a pair of CNN town halls, have drawn…

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Pelosi says Biden needs to respect people’s personal space

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that she does not think the allegations against Joe Biden of unwelcome contact are disqualifying for a 2020 run, but that the former vice president should be more aware of others’ personal space. "I don’t think it’s disqualifying,” Pelosi said during a POLITICO Playbook interview, adding, “He has to understand…

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Roy Moore will run for Senate again

Roy Moore, the controversial Republican judge who lost a 2017 Senate race in deep-red Alabama amid allegations of sexual misconduct with young girls decades ago, is defying GOP opposition and running again in 2020, he announced Thursday. "I will run for the United States Senate in 2020," Moore said this afternoon at an event in…

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Beto: ‘We’d be very lucky’ to have Biden enter race

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The first time Beto O’Rourke praised Joe Biden, it could have been dismissed as an act of diplomacy. “I don’t see why not,” the newly minted presidential candidate said Friday when asked outside a campaign stop in Washington, Iowa, whether he thought Biden should run for president. “I think he’s done an…

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