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Caitlin McFall | Contributor

The 2020 presidential campaign is in full swing with a historic number of women running, and a very crowded race generally, as 14 candidates have officially announced they are running, so far; even more are expected to join the race.

Top female candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris have all come out swinging, taking strong stances on topics ranging from Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and even reparations. Each female candidate is proving to be different from the other, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar specifically is separating herself even more from the overall group.

The Minnesota Democrat is positioning herself as a moderate to appeal to the masses, repeatedly highlighting that her main objective is to “get stuff done.” She is running her campaign to attract progressive voters, but she is also making a conscience effort to not push away the undecided, independent or even conservative voter.

But her policies, along with many of her fellow female candidates, are largely being overshadowed by the male celebrity-status candidates.

According to recent polls, the candidate who is leading the race hasn’t even officially announced his candidacy yet. Joe Biden has dominated the news cycle, as speculations have circulated that he may have already picked his running mate – Stacey Abrams.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming in second with an average support rate of 23 percent. (RELATED: Several Economists And Researchers Say Trump Is ‘On Track For A 2020 Landslide’)

Sen. Harris is actually polling as the third most popular candidate. Though the coverage of her campaign has been overshadowed by former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who announced his presidential campaign just more than a week ago.

Will the ‘Year of the Woman’ cease to continue after the record-setting female House wins earlier this year?

Tune in to see what is happening with the female presidential campaigns.

Source: The Daily Caller

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued in a Thursday interview with Shannon Bream that it was ridiculous to assert that world leaders are waiting for former Vice President Joe Biden to run for president because they ‘need’ him.

Bream began in her question by citing a Politico headline, “World leaders tell Joe Biden that ‘we need you.’ Some of the leaders echoing views from across the continent told him that his return to the White House would be a sure way to restore Western alliances that President Donald Trump has dramatically fractured. Your response?” (RELATED: Pompeo Decries Democrats’ Anti-Semitism In Jerusalem)

“That is ridiculous,” Pompeo responded.  “I suppose it is some campaign rhetoric that will continue. The truth is just the opposite. Look at the coalitions that this administration has built out. We have engaged in North Korea, with the toughest sanctions, the global sanctions that come from every Security Council will also have a most successful effort. We have built on a coalition against ISIS at over 80 countries.”

“We built on a coalition of 60 countries that showed up to push back against the threat from the Islamic republic. A threat that the previous administration simply ignored,” Pompeo concluded. “The vice president’s administration set Iran on a path that all but almost guaranteed them a clear path to a nuclear weapon system.”

The conversation followed a Politico report that revealed Biden spoke to several world leaders while at a security conference in Munich last month about his intentions on running for office. The story claimed that several world leaders tried to get Biden to say he would run for president in the 2020 Democratic primary.

Seemingly in an effort to respond, he made a speech in which he appeared to look forward to an eventual end to the Trump administration.

“I promise you. I promise you, as my mother would say, ‘This too shall pass.’ We will be back. We will be back. Don’t have any doubt about that,” Biden told the crowd during the conference.

Source: The Daily Caller

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

Conservative commentator Mark Levin visited Sean Hannity’s show on Thursday evening to discuss the possibility of 16-year-olds voting and adding justices to the Supreme Court.

“The greatest threat to our constitution and economic system isn’t any foreign power, it’s the Democratic Party,” Levin reacted. “It’s the leftists in the Democratic Party because they use our liberty in our Constitution to destroy our liberty and our Constitution.”

Levin first attacked the “court-packing” advocated by many on the left, which would increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court. “They want to pack the Supreme Court,” he said. “Why? Because they want to fix the outcome! They want to fix the outcome of elections, they want to fix the outcome of court decisions, this is very good banana republic of the Democratic Party.”

The firebrand host then decided to excoriate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to reduce the voting age to 16. “They want to lower the voting age to 16, why not lower it to 12? Or 14? Or 15? How stupid is that? They raised the age for booze, they raised the age for tobacco at 21, but at 16 you’re going to help pick our president? Why are they doing that? Because they indoctrinate all these kids in high school and so forth and they know how they are going to vote.” (RELATED: Poll: Only 17 Percent Support Lowering The Federal Voting Age To 18)

Pelosi advocated lowering the voting age to 16 at her weekly press conference Thursday.

“I myself, personally, I’m not speaking for my caucus, I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government to be able to vote.”

Five candidates in the 2020 Democratic Primary advocated for increasing the number of seats on the Supreme Court in an effort to “depoliticize” the justice approval process.

President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign was quick to shut down the movement, asserting to The Daily Caller News Foundation that “this is just what the Democrats always do. When they lose, they try to change the rules. This is no different from when they attack the Electoral College every time they lose the White House. Now it’s court-packing. They want to change our institutions to fit their own political desires.”

Source: The Daily Caller

Stephanie Hamill | Video Columnist

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Former Iraqi Navy SEAL interpreter “Johnny Walker” just got his citizenship, and he has a lot to say about Trump’s immigration policies.

“If you follow the legal procedure, this country will welcome you and they will love you,” said Walker.

Walker took part in a naturalization ceremony Wednesday, in which he became a U.S. citizen.

He told The Daily Caller that it was his dream to live in the United States since he was a teenager.

Walker spent six years working with SEALs including with late Navy SEAL and sniper Chris Kyle and other special operations forces throughout Iraq, completing over a thousand missions. (RELATED: Remembering American Hero Chris Kyle, Who Died 6 Years Ago Today.) 

He says he narrowly escaped two attempts on his life.

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Source: The Daily Caller

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner suggested the late Sen. John McCain wouldn’t have turned the Trump Dossier over to the FBI had he known it was Democrat-funded during a Thursday interview on CNN.

“Christopher Steele said the dossier was being given to McCain for the purposes of legitimizing it,” Turner began. (RELATED: Lou Dobbs Defends Trump Against GOP Critics Over McCain Comments)

He continued:

My expectation is that if John McCain had known this information was Democratic-Party-funded — Hillary-Clinton-funded information — that it had not been verified as Christopher Steele has testified now — he probably wouldn’t have had anything to do with it. That’s largely on the minds of people as we hear the president doing these attacks, I think John McCain is a national hero.

I worked with him on national security issues. I cannot believe if he had not been deceived and had been told this information was being paid for by Hillary Clinton, that Christopher Steele himself was being paid for by Hillary Clinton he would have had nothing to do with it.

President Donald Trump spent five minutes during his Wednesday rally in Ohio criticizing McCain and reiterated his statement that he wasn’t thanked for the late Arizona senator’s funeral.

“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump said in a Tank factory. “I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you. That’s OK.”

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson called the president’s behavior regarding McCain “deplorable.”

“It’s deplorable what he said, it will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again,” he continued. “We don’t talk about our veterans in any way but to brag on them for the service they render.”

The sentiment was echoed by Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Twitter. “Today and every day, I miss my good friend John McCain. It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate.”

Source: The Daily Caller

Caitlin McFall | Contributor

Reparations are entering the 2020 presidential race, as several Democratic hopefuls have come out in support of them, the most recent being Bernie Sanders in an interview with NPR yesterday.

However, he has not come out in support for reparations as ardently as Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who said, “I believe it’s time to start the national, full-blown conversation about reparations.”

What exactly is entailed in their push for reparations remains fairly unclear, but only Sanders has said the he doesn’t think that “cutting a check” is the right way to go about it. (RELATED: The Key To Winning In 2020 Will Be Properly Explaining Socialism, Says Bernie Sanders)

While Sanders hopes to use reparations to bridge the gap of opportunity in impoverished communities, Warren is supporting the bill that was originally put forward in 1989 by former Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers, which was reintroduced in January by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

This bill, known as HR-40, would establish “The Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans to examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.”

Other 2020 candidates are approaching this topic cautiously, like Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke from Texas, who have said they support taking big steps to further eliminate systematic racism, but have not openly endorsed reparations.

Tune in to see what these reparations are all about.

Source: The Daily Caller

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stated in a Monday town hall that she had the best voting record against nominees made by President Donald Trump..

“We’ll talk about education first, and one of the problems with President Trump is Betsy DeVos,” Gillibrand stated during the MSNBC town hall event. “I voted against Betsy DeVos. I voted against most of President Trump’s nominees for his cabinet because they were either unqualified or they did not have the experience necessary. I have the best voting recording against Trump nominees of anyone else running for president.” (RELATED: Gillibrand: ‘I Should Have Done More’ To Change Gun Laws)

“The reason why I’m so disturbed about Betsy DeVos is exactly what you said, she doesn’t actually want to enforce title IX requirements, she doesn’t want to protect survivors of sexual violence.”

An August 2018 report from Roll Call revealed that of the 53 nominees made by President Donald Trump, Gillibrand had only voted in support of 5, much fewer than Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s vote in support of 20 nominees.

“It’s not a secret that more than a handful of Democratic senators believe they can be a better president than President Trump. But they’ll have to navigate a competitive primary first, and being known as the chief opponent of Trump could be an asset,” Inside Elections writer Nathan Gonzales told Roll Call at the time.

Source: The Daily Caller

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand confessed during a Monday town hall on MSNBC that she should have done more to combat gun laws during her time in the U.S. Senate.

“I regret, actually, not caring about other communities,” Gillibrand said about her time in office. “My community didn’t have the gun violence that other parts of the state had, and in fact, the biggest issue for upstate New York was hunting rights.”

“My mother didn’t just cook the Thanksgiving turkey, she shot the Thanksgiving turkey, so I came from a different lens, but what I regret is I should have cared more about ending gun violence in other places and so the first thing I did when I became a senator was met with families who lost their loved ones to gun violence,” she continued. (RELATED: 2020 Democratic Hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand Can’t Even Get Her Home Delegation To Back Her)

“When you meet a mother or father who has lost a child to gun violence, there is no way you will ever not answer them directly and say I will do something to end gun violence, and that’s what I did.”

Gillibrand formally announced she was running for president in the 2020 Democratic primary last week. A recent report revealed that one of the parents involved in a college entrance cheating scandal co-hosted a fundraiser for the rising Democrat. She was also one of the first Democrats to come out against former Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a decision that cost her some sway with the party’s donor elite.

Source: The Daily Caller

Paulina Likos | Contributor

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With millions of new jobs created, President Donald Trump has had his fair share of economic accomplishments. In foreign policy, the United States is now making better deals with other countries. On immigration, this administration is working diligently toward tighter border security. While Trump is following through with his campaign promises, there are those in the media who would like to diminish his achievements. (RELATED: Foxconn Says It Will Be Up And Running By 2020 After Trump Talks)

It doesn’t take much to acknowledge the facts. Regarding U.S. economic progress, even CNN’s Poppy Harlow said, ‘It’s good to see, but will it last?’ At the very least, she acknowledged the positive impact Trump’s policies have had on the economy.

Kevin Hassett, Chair of White House Council of Economic Advisers, said it best when he responded to a critique, “The tone of the critique is extremely incorrect and if you think we did something wrong you should accuse us of making an error, but accusing us of being dishonest is beyond the pale.” (RELATED: ‘My Father Was His Kryptonite’: Meghan McCain Launches Tirade Against Trump)

Click to watch Trump’s successes since taking office thus far.

Source: The Daily Caller

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

MSNBC hosts Mika Brezenski and Joe Scarborough struggled to name the core message of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke‘s campaign Monday on “Morning Joe.”

“Who can tell me what is Beto’s clear message?” Brezenski asked the panel. She then went down the line, and no one could come up with a better answer than the fact that there was a “vague message” about responding to President Donald Trump. (RELATED: Beto O’Rourke Apologizes For Writing Fictional Fantasies About Plowing Over Children With A Car)

“I got his message. It’s: ‘Look, you wanna see it?’” Brezenski said, rolling up her sleeves, “‘I’ll roll up my sleeves and the camera zooms in, and I look really busy.’ I want to know what his message is!”

“The thing is, he doesn’t have a message right now. It’s all goop,” Scarborough joined in.

President Donald Trump also criticized Beto for looking busy in comments made to the press last week: “I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts? I watched him a little while this morning, during I assume it was some kind of a news conference, and I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it.”

O’Rourke’s campaign website doesn’t currently have a page devoted to any clear policy agenda as of press time, but there are two pages dedicated to fundraising.

O’Rourke managed to earn over $6 million in the first 24 hours of fundraising, according to the campaign. The return was substantially higher in the same period than any other Democratic candidate currently running for the White House.

Source: The Daily Caller


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