Former Vice President Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat candidate in the Iowa caucuses, just less than a year away. That’s according to a new poll of likely caucus attendees showing Biden with 29 percent support. The 76-year-old led California Sen. Kamala Harris by double digits, with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren rounding out the top four with 15 and 11 percent respectively. Biden hasn’t said he’s running, but last year declared himself “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”
MEANWHILE another 2020 prospect, a campaign to draft “Beto” Robert Francis O’Rourke into running only garnered about half a dozen attendees at an event over the weekend.
Howard Schultz on Tuesday blasted Sen. Kamala Harris over her plan to abolish private health insurance and force everyone onto a government plan. Schultz, floating an independent 2020 bid for the White House, said the California Democrat’s plan is “not American” at a CNN town hall event on Monday night. “What’s next? What industry are we going to abolish next? The coffee industry?” the former Starbucks CEO asked. Harris is one of several official Dem candidates for president.
Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to announce his 2020 presidential bid imminently, according to reporting by Yahoo News. Sources say Sanders was heartened to see polls showing he’s a leading candidate among Latino and African American voters. Other polls have shown Sanders as the most popular politician in the country. If he runs, he might be helped by reforms to the DNC he championed—especially reducing the influence of so-called super delegates in picking the nominee.
MEANWHILE, Sen. Kamala Harris officially kicked off her 2020 campaign at a blowout rally in her hometown of Oakland, Calif. on Sunday. Before a crowd of more than 20,000, Harris claimed that the American Dream and democracy are “under attack like never before.”
Sen. Kamala Harris announced her presidential campaign on Monday. The California Democrat broke the less than shocking news on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday. She joins a growing field of Democrats scrambling in a mad rush to run against President Trump in 2020. So far, dozens are rumored to be strongly considering throwing their hat in the ring.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is chastising her fellow Democrats for targeting a judicial nominee over his faith. During a confirmation hearing, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kamala Harris of California grilled nominee for federal judge Brian Buescher over his membership in the Knights of Columbus and his Catholic faith. That was “religious bigotry,” Gabbard wrote in a Tuesday op-ed in The Hill.
Sen. Kamala Harris has a new memoir that was published on Tuesday. Titled, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” the book begins by describing the California Democrat binge eating a huge bag of Doritos when Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. Most people think the book signals the beginning of the first-term senator’s own bid for the presidency in 2020.
California Senator Kamala Harris says she’ll make a decision about a 2020 White House bid over the holidays, and that it comes down to what her family says. But in the meantime, she says the whole process will be ugly.
Speaking to The Hill, Harris said, “Let’s be honest. It’s going to be ugly.”
“When you break things, it is painful. And you get cut. And you bleed.”
Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris are trying to broker a deal on judicial nominees with the White House. At issue is an appointee not on President Trump’s list named Lucy Koh, who the Democrats apparently really want to be confirmed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. They would vote for a Trump pick for the same court, James Rogan, if Koh can get the votes to be confirmed. They also offered a horse trading situation, where each party would pick a nominee from the other’s list. The pair of Dems, both sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the offer while reiterating that they still oppose a slate of nominees put forward by Trump on Oct. 10—and just months after their party tried to destroy the career of Brett Kavanaugh.
Sen. Kamala Harris on Thursday compared perceptions of Immigrations and Customs Enforcements—ICE—to the Ku Klux Klan. The California Democrat made the comparison while grilling President Trump’s nominee to lead ICE, Ronald Vitiello, during his confirmation hearing. Specifically, Harris was asking if Vitiello saw parallels between the power and discretion at ICE used while enforcing laws and the KKK. “I do not see any parallels,” Vitiello answered. ICE and the KKK are not in the same category, he said.
—QUOTABLE: “Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels?” -Harris
—QUOTABLE: “I do not see any parallels,” Vitiello interjected. “That puts ICE in the same category as the KKK. Is that what you’re asking me?” -Vitiello
Far-left film maker Michael Moore said on Wednesday that liberal presidential prospects like Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker would definitely lose a 2020 presidential bid. Moore said he doesn’t see a viable contender against President Trump in the current gallery of Democrat candidates in an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We cannot run a politician against [Trump], we will lose,” Moore said.
—QUOTABLE: “We have to run a beloved American…It’s gotta be like a Michelle Obama or it’s gotta be a ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. Why aren’t we thinking along the lines of who can defeat him? We will lose in 2020.” -Moore
Two big time lefty senators are in trouble for their fundraising in the midst of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation circus. California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren essentially tried selling their votes on the confirmation by sending fundraising solicitations to support their “no” vote—prior to actually voting against the confirmation. That amounts to vote selling, according to a complaint filed by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. Senate rules prohibit Senators from cashing in on their positions, and FACT, the group suing, says linking a promise of official action with campaign cash is a clear violation.
—QUOTABLE: “This is a clear violation of the Senate Ethics rules which safeguard against the appearance or actuality of elected officials ‘cashing in’ on their official position for political purposes.” -Kendra Arnold, FACT executive director
Kamala Harris is getting ready for her 2020 Presidential run, though she says she’s very focused on the midterms. She’s given $25,000 to each of the Democrat parties in the first 4 primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. She’s also spent visible time in Iowa, where she’s touted a “bigger vision” for the country.
Kamala Harris has booked her first trip to Iowa. The California Senator and far-left Democrat will travel in late October to the state that kicks off presidential election contests. Harris, who is a more-than-rumored Dem candidate for president in 2020, will show up in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. Her Iowa trip is set to follow stops in South Carolina, another early primary state, and to battleground state Wisconsin on Oct. 21. Harris, who made a fool of herself during the confirmation circus of Brett Kavanaugh, has said she will “seriously take a look at” running for president—because, what America needs most is an ultra liberal California Democrat in the White House. In a new CNN poll, just 9 percent supported Harris to be the Dem nominee.