2020 Presidential Campaign

Fox News’ Dana Perino criticized the Democratic presidential candidates who have come out in favor of dismantling the Electoral College, during her Wednesday appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke have all stated their belief that the country should do away with the Electoral College and elect presidents via the popular vote.

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“It’s a litmus test, right? Is there a Democratic candidate who is saying no? Cory Booker kind of tapped the breaks on it, whoa, whoa, whoa, I don’t know. But he will get there. This is happening,” Perino stated. “Remember, it’s Eric Holder also, I think, who during the Obama administration suggested this. But the Democrats didn’t need to talk about this when President Obama was president because he won the Electoral College. Okay?” (RELATED: Democratic Lawmaker Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Abolish The Electoral College)

“The institutions have held up but the Democrats are now talking about actually dismantling those institutions. And what is interesting to me is that the reason that the country is set up this way with different states is because we are republic. You have a representative government,” she continued.

“If you do away with that and you just elect the president by whoever lives in New York and California, then, and you just erase all of those boundaries, then you truly are for open borders,” Perino concluded. “Then you are no longer of the United States of America. You are like united people of America where perhaps, not so united, right, just the people of America.”

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rebuked the Democrats’ plan to get rid of the Electoral College on twitter Tuesday morning.

US senator Marco Rubio, addresses the press on the humanitarian aid shipments sent by the US government for Venezuela that are stockpiled at a collection center in the Colombian border, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, border with San Antonio de Tachira, Venezuela on February 17, 2019. - Thousands of volunteers in Venezuela will begin mobilizing on Sunday to bring American aid into their crisis-hit country despite a blockade by President Nicolas Maduro who claims the assistance could be cover for a US invasion. US aid that has been piling up in the Colombian border town of Cucuta has become the frontline of the confrontation between Guaido and Maduro. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

US senator Marco Rubio, addresses the press on the humanitarian aid shipments sent by the US government for Venezuela that are stockpiled at a collection center in the Colombian border, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, border with San Antonio de Tachira, Venezuela on February 17, 2019. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

“The Democrat plan to get rid of the Electoral College has nothing to do with making sure every vote counts,” Rubio stated. “It’s about diminishing the electoral power of what liberals arrogantly call the ‘flyover states’ & of Americans they habitually disrespect as uneducated & backwards.” (RELATED: Marco Rubio Rebukes Democrats’ Attempt To Get Rid Of The Electoral College)

President Donald Trump also supported the Electoral College on Twitter, saying, “Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College. It’s like training for the 100 yard dash vs. a marathon. The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win.”

Twelve states have passed laws mandating that their Electoral College votes go to the winner of the national popular vote, but none of the laws will go into effect unless the combined number of Electoral College votes reach 270 — the number of votes needed for a presidential candidate to win.

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Former Democratic Texas Rep. and current presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke refused to say if he’d support a bill that would ban infanticide while speaking Wednesday afternoon at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

A student asked O’Rourke how he’d vote on the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would provide babies who survive an attempted abortion with medical care and legal protections equivalent to other had it passed in the Senate last month. (RELATED: Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act Fails In The Senate)

“I wanted to ask you about a recent bill that just went through the senate about two weeks ago and the bill was that if an abortion was performed on a viable fetus and the fetus survived the abortion, the doctor would then be compelled to give that living baby the same care as any other pregnancy baby that came out and put that baby through the care,” the student asked. “Would you support this bill that does not in any way limit abortion? It simply seeks to keep babies alive that have been born alive.” 

“Thank you for the question. The way that I would approach your question and this issue generally, is to trust women to make their own decisions about their own bodies,” O’Rourke responded. “When you talk about universal guaranteed high-quality health care for everyone in this country it’s primary healthcare, it’s mental healthcare and it’s women’s healthcare.” (RELATED: ‘Wax My Ass, Scrub My Balls’ — This Beto O’Rourke Poem From 1988 Is Beyond Belief)

PLYMOUTH, NH – MARCH 20: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke arrives at a meet and greet at Plymouth State College on March 20, 2019 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

He continued, “I’ll tell you what, in my hope state of Texas, we have shut down, our state legislature our governors, more than half the family planning clinics in our state, making it that much harder for women to get a cervical health screening, see a family planning provider or see a provider of any kind.”

O’Rourke was asked about his stance on abortion earlier this week as well.

On Monday, while speaking to a crowd of people in Cleveland, the former Texas Rep. said that abortions performed during the third trimester “should be a decision that the woman makes.”

The GOP has attempted to pass the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act nineteen times but Democrats have blocked it every time. Three Democrats, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all voted in favor of the bill, which was introduced by Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse.

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Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke announced Wednesday that his record-smashing $6.1 million first-day haul came from just 128,000 unique contributors, giving an average of $47 each, and it looks like fellow contender Bernie Sanders’s prediction was right.

O’Rourke, who announced his bid for president March 14, revealed the numbers in remarks to reporters after a campaign stop in New Hampshire, according to Politico. They are significant when compared to the Sanders campaign, which wasn’t far behind at $5.9 million raised in the first 24 hours, but needed 225,000 contributors to get there due to the lower average donation of $27.

DUBUQUE, IOWA - MARCH 16: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke shakes hands as he arrives at a packed St. Patrick's Day party at the home of County Recorder John Murphy March 16, 2019 in Dubuque, Iowa. After losing a long-shot race for U.S. Senate to Ted Cruz (R-TX), the 46-year-old O'Rourke is making his first campaign swing through Iowa after jumping into a crowded Democratic field this week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

DUBUQUE, IOWA – MARCH 16: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke shakes hands as he arrives at a packed St. Patrick’s Day party at the home of County Recorder John Murphy March 16, 2019 in Dubuque, Iowa. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The different in total number of contributors came as no surprise to Sanders, who predicted the scenario before the contribution details were made public, explaining to supporters in an email sent out Monday and obtained by The New York Times:

“Here is the truth: this morning, Beto O’Rourke announced that he raised more money than us on the first day of his presidential campaign. The good news is, we more than likely had a lot more individual donations than he did. But what that means is if we are going to avoid getting outspent, it’s going to take lots and lots of people making individual donations to catch up.”

The Sanders campaign asked supporters to keep donating, and acknowledged the importance of early fundraising.

“This first FEC report is going to send a message about who is the best candidate to beat Trump.”

Sanders announced his presidential bid Feb. 19. (RELATED: Poll: Bernie Sanders Leading Democrats In New Hampshire)

The 2020 Democratic presidential field is one of the largest ever, and small donor contributions are important to campaigns not only for their actual value, but for the information collected about a candidate’s base and the opportunity to further engage supporters.

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Joe Biden reportedly has told several supporters that he wants to run for president in 2020, according to a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday.

However, the former vice president told the supporters his concerns about being able to raise the necessary cash at the same pace as his competitors, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

It took O’Rourke just one day to raise over $6.1 million after his Thursday presidential bid announcement, and Sanders raised $10 million in just a week after he announced in February. Fundraising being key to what is considered the “money primary,” Biden reportedly expressed his desire to “announce a large fundraising number after his candidacy is official,” according to the WSJ.

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Vice President Mike Pence (L) talks with former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden during the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral December 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, Biden chief strategist Steve Ricchetti said his boss was around 95 percent committed to tossing his hat into the ring, the New York Times reported, but the former vice president did express concern about the fact that President Donald Trump is unlikely “to stop at anything” to defeat his Democratic opponent. (RELATED: Biden Gets Four Point Bump In Latest Poll)

Meanwhile, top Democratic fundraiser Philip Levine told the WSJ that it was “highly likely” he would back Biden were he to announce.

“I think he would be a great nominee. In order to win the general election, we must have an experienced centrist,” said Levine. “Progressives win districts. Centrists win states.”

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Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced Tuesday on Twitter his intention to introduce a constitutional amendment that would permanently keep the number of Supreme Court justices at nine.

“We must prevent further destabilization of essential institutions,” Rubio tweeted. “Court packing is quickly becoming a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates. Therefore I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to keep the number of seats on #SCOTUS at 9.”

Rubio’s proposal comes as multiple Democrats vying for the 2020 nomination have come out in favor of expanding the court. Democratic presidential candidates, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg have all expressed a willingness to adding justices. (RELATED: Is Chief Justice John Roberts Tacking Left?)

US senator Marco Rubio, addresses the press on the humanitarian aid shipments sent by the US government for Venezuela that are stockpiled at a collection center in the Colombian border, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, border with San Antonio de Tachira, Venezuela on February 17, 2019. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump also addressed the recent emergence of court-packing as a Democratic talking point during a Tuesday press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

“No, I wouldn’t entertain that,” Trump asserted of the idea. “The only reason they’re doing that is they want to try to catch up. So if they can’t catch up through the ballot box by winning an election, they want to try doing it in a different way. We would have no interest in that whatsoever. It’ll never happen. It won’t happen, I guarantee. It won’t happen for six years.”

Republican Tennessee Rep. Mark Green also announced Tuesday that he “will be introducing a constitutional amendment that would limit the number of Supreme Court justices to 9,” later this week.

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Former Democratic Texas Rep. and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke expressed support for getting rid of the electoral college while speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon.

“I think there’s a lot to that because you had an election in 2016 in which the loser got three million more votes than the victor. It puts some states out of play altogether,” O’Rourke stated in response to a question from MSNBC’s Garrett Haake.

“They don’t feel like their votes really count,” he continued. “So if we really want every person to vote and give them every reason to vote, we have to make sure their votes count and go to the candidate of their choosing. I think there’s a lot of wisdom to it.”

O’Rourke’s answer came a day after Democratic Massachusetts Sen. and fellow presidential contender Elizabeth Warren expressed a similar sentiment during a CNN town hall. (RELATED: Democratic Lawmaker Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Abolish The Electoral College)

She said, “My view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pushed back Tuesday morning on Warren’s idea.

He tweeted, “#ElectoralCollege was work of genius by founders. It requires candidates for President to earn votes from various parts of country. And it makes sure interests of less populated areas aren’t ignored at the expense of densely populated areas.”

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham made similar comments to Rubio.

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Former Democratic Texas Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke was asked at a meet and greet at Pennsylvania State University Tuesday  when he would give “an actual policy.”

“When are we going to get an actual policy from you instead of just like platitudes and nice stories?” one person asked.

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O’Rourke mentioned ending prohibition on marijuana, having four-year-olds start public education with pre-kindergarten enrollment and having high quality universal health care through his proposal “Medicare for America.”

“If you have employer based insurance and you like it, you keep it, your doctors, your network, what works for you right now,” O’Rourke said. “If you don’t have insurance or you don’t like the insurance you already have, you enroll in Medicare.”

O’Rourke admitted the Medicare proposal would measure in the “trillions of dollars,” but is less expensive than caring for people who were not given treatment from the start.

The 2020 presidential hopeful also said the opioid epidemic “disproportionately” affected rural America. (RELATED: Student Who Confronted Chelsea Clinton Over Rhetoric Apologizes After Using Inappropriate Terms In The Past)

“I talk about those who we must hold accountable for the crisis and the way in which we must treat those who are enduring the crisis, not through incarceration, but through compassion and treatment and care so that they can get back up on their feet,” O’Rourke continued.

The individual also questioned O’Rourke’s campaign financial practices. O’Rourke said his campaign did not take donations from lobbyists or political action committees (PACs). He added that the number of donors would be released, though a time was not specified.

Former U.S. ambassador to England and a lead bundler for former President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign Louis Susman has reportedly been asking top Democratic Party donors to see if they will support O’Rourke’s campaign. Susman, however, said he talked to “family and friends” about donating, CNBC reported.

Nearly 1,000 students and community members attended the meet and greet, according to WNEP.

O’Rourke’s campaign did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang came out against circumcision earlier this week.

Yang first stated his stance on the procedure nearly a week ago on Twitter, when a Twitter user asked him about his feelings on “routine infant circumcision,” to which he answered, “Negative on it.”

“It’s sort of pushed on parents in many situations,” he said to the Daily Beast in an interview published on Monday. “From what I’ve seen, the evidence on it being a positive health choice for the infant is quite shaky.”

Yang wants to “inform parents that it is entirely up to them whether their infant gets circumcised, and that there are costs and benefits either way,” adding that, “The more choice we give parents, and the more we diminish the possible preconceptions or misinformation various parents are receiving, then the better off we’ll be as a society.”

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Entrepreneur and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks during a campaign stop at the train depot on February 1, 2019 in Jefferson, Iowa. (JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Both the Jewish and Muslim faiths call for boys to be circumcised. Jewish baby boys undergo the procedure on the eighth day after birth in a ceremony called a “bris.”

“The bris is a physical symbol of the relationship between G‑d and the Jewish people. It is a constant reminder of what the Jewish mission entails (a reminder which men need more than women),” according to Chabad.org.

The Quran does not specifically mention circumcision but the term to describe the procedure is called a “khitan.”

Aside from coming out against circumcision, Yang is campaigning on providing everyone with a $12,000 universal basic income (UBI) in the form of a $1,000 monthly cash payment, which he calls a “freedom dividend.” (RELATED: Andrew Yang Qualifies For First Democratic Debate)

Yang qualified for the first Democratic debate after receiving donations from at least 65,000 individual donors.

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Democratic New Jersey Sen. and presidential candidate Cory Booker affirmed that he is a capitalist and not a socialist during a Monday night interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

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“Where are you on this discussion about socialism? Now, this country has existed, as you know, with mixed capitalism,” Matthews began. “That’s how it works. We have free markets, but we also have a social safety net, and we also have anti-trust and things like that. It’s always been a mix of capitalism and socialism. What’s wrong with being for capitalism?”

“I am for capitalism. I’m tired of companies engaging in socialism,” Booker answered. “It’s true. I live in Jersey. I live in Jersey. The Passaic River is polluted because they outsource their costs into my river and didn’t pay up for it. We now have a super fund site from corporations pushing out their costs onto the public. So, I’m a capitalist. Monopolies are not capitalism.”

“Okay, how about the word ‘socialism,’ where are you on that? Are you a socialist?” Matthews responded. (RELATED: Pence Frames 2020 As Referendum On Socialism)

“I am not a socialist,” Booker added. “I am a Democrat. I believe in fundamental Democratic principles.”

A number of other 2020 presidential contenders have taken stances on socialism.

Earlier this month, Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said, “I’m not a socialist, I’m a Democrat. I’m proud of that. And I worked both in the private sector and the public sector.”

Conversely, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado avoided answering the question of whether or not he considers himself a capitalist on multiple occasions, when asked by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough earlier this month.

A Wall Street Journal poll from earlier this month showed that only 18 percent of Americans view socialism positively, while 50 percent have a negative view.

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Former Democratic Texas Rep. and current presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said that third-trimester abortions should be left up to a woman’s choosing, during a Monday campaign event in Cleveland, Ohio.

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“Are you for third trimester abortions or are you going to protect the lives of third trimester babies? Because, you know, there’s really not a medical necessity for abortion,” an attendee asked, adding, “It’s not a medical emergency procedure, because typically third-trimester abortions take up to three days to have. So you would, in that sense, if there was an emergency, the doctors would just do a C-section. You don’t have to kill the baby.” 

O’Rourke answered, “So, the question is about abortion and reproductive rights. And my answer is to you is that that should be a decision that the woman makes about her own body. I trust her.” (RELATED: Texas Democratic Party Chairman Unable To Name One Beto Accomplishment)

Back in October 2017, the U.S. House voted 237-189 to pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a measure that effectively banned abortions after 20 weeks. O’Rourke voted against it.

O’Rourke’s old Senate campaign website said that a priority should be “ensuring that a woman’s right to choose is not compromised by limited access to safe and legal abortion services or family planning help,” according to the Dallas News.

His presidential campaign website does not have his stances on any issue listed.

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