Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his front-runner status, but a new national survey in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination indicates a drop in support for Sen. Bernie Sanders and a rise by Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
According to a Monmouth University public opinion survey released Thursday, 33 percent of Democrats or independents who lean toward the Democratic Party say they support Biden, up from 27 percent in Monmouth’s April poll.
Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who’s making his second straight White House bid, registers at 15 percent support, down 5 percentage points from a month ago and a drop of 10 points from Monmouth’s March poll, when the senator stood at 25 percent.
The new poll differs from a Quinnipiac University survey released a day earlier, which suggested Sanders on the rise.
Harris, the former California attorney general, is in third place in the survey at 11 percent, up slightly from 8 percent in April. Warren, the populist senator who’s put out one progressive policy proposal after another, stands at 10 percent, up 4 points from a month ago.
Two other national surveys released in the past week, from Fox News and Quinnipiac University, also indicated Warren’s poll numbers on the rise. The Monmouth poll also suggested a slight collective rise in support for the other female candidates: Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, and best-selling spiritual author Marianne Williamson.
“Women are commanding a larger slice of Democratic support than they were a few weeks ago and we are seeing bumps in their individual voter ratings. We can’t parse out the exact reasons from this one poll, but recent efforts by certain states to restrict access to abortion services may be playing a role in the closer look these candidates are getting right now,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said.
The survey also indicated a rise in favorable ratings for Warren, Harris and Klobuchar.
South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, a one-time long-shot who’s surged this spring, stands at 6 percent in the survey, down 2 points from last month. The Monmouth survey follows this week’s Quinnipiac poll in suggesting a slight edging down of Buttigieg’s support since April.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas stands at 4 percent in the poll, with Klobuchar at 3 percent. Everyone else in the historically enormous field of two-dozen candidates registered at 1 percent or less.
This latest survey comes with more than eight months to go until the first votes are cast in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
“One thing we need to remember is that huge pockets of Democratic voters, particularly moderates, have yet to tune in to the campaign,” Murray emphasized.
The Monmouth University poll was conducted May 16-20, with 802 adults questioned by live telephone operators. The survey included 334 registered voters who identified as Democrats or independents who lean towards the Democratic Party. The sampling error for Democratic primary questions was plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.
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2020 Democratic candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris accused President Trump of holding “America’s infrastructure hostage” after scrapping his White House meeting with Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday.
Trump cut infrastructure negotiations short after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, told the press that the president had “engaged in a cover-up” following a meeting with her caucus. In remarks from the Rose Garden, Trump urged Democrats to end their various investigations so that they can tackle infrastructure.
During her appearance on “The Late Show,” Harris assured host Stephen Colbert, as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, that their investigations will not stop.
“So he’s gonna hold America’s infrastructure hostage, right, over the issue of investigations,” Harris said.
The 2020 candidate then told Colbert that the average cost of four car tires is about $400, which she claimed Americans are forced to pay “because our roads are falling apart.”
“If you want to talk about a representative government, shouldn’t leaders lead on behalf of the people as opposed to self-interest?” Harris continued. “We cannot abandon our democracy for the sake of appeasing somebody who is completely focused on his interests only.”
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During Sen. Kamala Harris’ appearance on “Late Night with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday, the 2020 presidential hopeful said the Senate Intelligence Committee will not stop its investigation into President Trump despite what Harris described as Trump’s threats to “hold America’s infrastructure hostage.”
The California Democrat and other intelligence committee members have been investigating Russian election interference and Trump’s alleged ties to Russia for two years. The panel is expected to call on several witnesses to testify as it concludes the probe over the next few months.
Harris vowed that the committee would not stop investigating Trump. She argued the president’s “self-interests” only hurt the American people.
When Colbert asked Harris if she would concede to Trump’s demands, she flatly responded “No.”
“So he’s going to hold America’s infrastructure hostage — right? — over the issue of the investigation,” she continued.
Playing devil’s advocate, Colbert suggested that the intelligence committee could “halt” the investigation in order to work with the White House on the nation’s infrastructure, but Harris rejected the idea.
“This is a false choice,” Harris stated. “We cannot abandon our democracy for the sake of appeasing somebody who is completely focused on his interests only.”
Harris argued that Trump’s failure to work with Dems on infrastructure shows he does not represent most Americans.
“Almost half of American families are a $400 unexpected expense away from complete upheaval,” she said.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump said he told Congress’ top Democrats to “Get these phony investigations over with.” The president threatened not to cooperate with his political rivals on a massive infrastructure proposal if the probe continues.
“I told Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, I want to do infrastructure… but I can’t do it under these circumstances,” he told reporters during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Anita Hill has expressed her concern that female presidential candidates for the 2020 election are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts, calling the situation “deeply troubling.”
Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual misconduct in 1991, lamented what she believes to be indirect sexism directed towards female politicians who have announced presidential bids, in an interview with the New York Times,
Among the women who are running for president in 2020 are Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Hill said they are “are not being taken seriously as presidential candidates.”
“I think if we don’t take them seriously as presidential candidates, we are not going to hear those voices, and that would be a tragedy,” she continued.
Much of the focus centering female candidates for president seems to be around the possibility that they could run as vice president on a ticket with the Democratic nominee. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, both white men over the age of 70, are currently leading the polls.
Harris responded to such assumptions earlier this month, agreeing that she and former vice president Biden would be a good match for a ticket, but not perhaps in the way people expect.
“I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate,” Harris said. “As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job.”
Renewed criticism of Biden has been unearthed in recent months regarding his involvement with Anita Hill’s 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas. Biden chaired the all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee which heard her testimony and ultimately ruled to confirm Thomas to the Supreme Court.
After the announcement of his campaign for the presidency, Hill told the New York Times that a week prior, Biden had called her and attempted to “express regret” for her experience. Hill said she wasn’t satisfied with the conversation.
“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,’” she said. “I will be satisfied when I know that there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”
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The frenzy surrounding Beto O’Rourke seems to have fizzled out.
America Rising, a top Republican opposition research firm, had been fielding a mountain of requests from political reporters on the Texan but says in the 10 weeks since he announced his bid to become the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, inquires about him have dwindled considerably.
“The requests for oppo on him have completed dried off,” a staffer at America Rising told The Daily Beast.
A lack of interest could spell more trouble for O’Rourke in a heavily crowded Democratic field.
O’Rourke, himself, seemed to acknowledge the dip in interest during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“I recognize I can do a better job also of talking to a national audience,” O’Rourke said. “I hope that I’m continuing to do better over time, but we’ve been extraordinarily fortunate with the campaign that we’ve run so far.”
Once at the top of Democratic watch-lists, O’Rourke is now registering in the single digits in several national polls. In the latest Fox News Poll, O’Rourke is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala Harris. He is barely edging out New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Julian Castro.
An April Quinnipiac poll shows him tumbling from 12 percent to 5 percent.
It’s a stunning drop for the presidential contender who garnered immense media attention.
Despite his 2018 Senate loss to Ted Cruz, R-Texas, O’Rourke still managed to galvanize Texans, resulting in a massive turnout among first-time voters in some key counties. Supporters were still on board when he took the nation on a somewhat-aimless tour of America to find himself. In a series of posts on Medium, O’Rourke blogged about the sights, his thoughts and conversations he’s had with diners.
Though his campaign is starting to roll out a new hiring initiative in key states and O’Rourke is hitting the media circuit more, some wonder if he’s fallen too far behind in the highly competitive race.
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Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris is vowing to fine corporations that don’t take steps toward closing the gender pay gap.
The Democrat from California wants to turn the current system on its head. Instead of requiring female employees to come forward with complaints, her plan would require companies to submit data each year on equal pay to comply with new standards.
The plan, unveiled Monday, was touted by the Harris campaign as “first-of-its kind” and “historic.”
The candidate said in a statement that the issue of equal pay hits home: “[A]s the daughter of a working mother in a male-dominated field, I know the fight to be treated equally in the workplace has persisted for generations.”
Harris said her proposal would “finally put the burden of ensuring equal pay on the corporations responsible for gender pay gaps, not the employees being discriminated against. We can finally ensure women earn the wages they deserve by forcing companies to step up, holding them accountable when they don’t, and committing as a nation to ending pay inequity once and for all.”
Women working full time are paid, on average, 82 cents to every dollar a male worker earns, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Black women earn just 68 cents compared with their male counterparts, and that number drops to 62 cents to the dollar for Latina workers.
The senator’s plan, if passed into law, would mandate that large corporations obtain ‘equal pay certification’ from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Companies failing to land a certification would face fines – for every 1 percent wage gap, they would be fined 1 percent of their profits.
If Congress does not pass her plan into law, Harris vowed she would take executive action, as she would with her plan to stem gun violence. Harris said she would require companies applying for federal contracts to meet the equal pay standards.
Harris gave a sneak peek of her plan at a campaign event Sunday night in Los Angeles, telling the crowd that “I believe this is a moment in time where anyone who professes to be a leader has got to fight for the importance of restoring equal opportunity for all people to succeed.”
The Republican National Committee took aim at the latest Harris proposal.
“We don’t need to strap new regulations, burdens, or fines on businesses to create opportunities for women, and President Trump’s economic record is a testament to that,” RNC press secretary Blair Ellis told Fox News.
And she highlighted GOP President Trump’s efforts to support women in the workforce and emphasized that “it’s why women’s unemployment has dropped to the lowest level since 1953 and wage growth has hit a 10-year high.”
The senator’s plan builds on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – signed into law by then-President Barack Obama in 2009 – which clarifies the statute of limitations on equal pay discrimination cases. And it builds on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which earlier this year passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
The measure is co-sponsored by a number of Harris’ rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, and former Reps. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and John Delaney of Maryland.
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Among Democratic primary voters, Biden’s 35 percent (up from 31 percent in March) leaves Bernie Sanders in a distant second place with 17 percent (down from 23 percent).
Elizabeth Warren is next at 9 percent, Pete Buttigieg receives 6 percent, followed by Kamala Harris at 5 percent, Beto O’Rourke at 4 percent, Cory Booker at 3 percent, and Julian Castro and Amy Klobuchar at 2 percent apiece. John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Tim Ryan, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang each garner one percent.
Since March, Warren and Buttigieg gained five percentage points and Biden is up four, while Sanders dropped six points, O’Rourke four and Harris three.
About half of Democratic primary voters (49 percent) are paying “a lot” of attention to the candidates, and Biden performs even better in the ballot test among this tuned-in group: 41 percent back him, 17 percent Sanders, 10 percent Warren, and 7 percent Buttigieg.
The highest priority of Democratic primary voters is defeating Donald Trump, as 73 percent feel that is “extremely” important. Next, 71 percent say it’s extremely important their nominee has high ethical standards. Roughly half want a candidate who shares their views on major issues (51 percent), has new ideas (47 percent), and has a record of accomplishments as a political leader (47 percent). Fewer prioritize someone who is likeable (39 percent), will shake up Washington (38 percent), and represents a new generation (37 percent).
For each trait, Biden leads among those primary voters who say it is extremely important.
Biden also performs best in hypothetical 2020 matchups. Among all registered voters, he leads Trump by 11 points (49-38 percent), up from a 7-point advantage in March. Biden’s is the only lead outside the margin of sampling error in the matchups tested — and he is the only Democrat to push Trump’s support below 41 percent.
Sanders tops Trump by 5 points (46-41 percent) and Warren is up by two (43-41 percent), while Harris ties Trump (41-41 percent) and Buttigieg trails him by one (40-41 percent).
The president’s reelect number holds steady at 38 percent, while 54 percent would back someone else if the 2020 presidential election were today. In December, it was 38-55 percent.
Trump’s 16-point reelect deficit is far larger than the 5-point gap former President Barack Obama had around this same point in the election cycle. For Obama, it was 44 percent reelect vs. 49 percent someone else in June 2011.
Overall, 28 percent of voters would “definitely” reelect Trump, while 46 percent would “definitely” vote for someone else.
The first primary elections are about nine months away and the 2020 general election is 18 months off, yet interest in next year’s election is already remarkably high. Nearly 6-in-10 voters, 57 percent, are extremely interested.
That’s even higher than the 54 percent who felt that way the week before the 2016 presidential election. In July 2015, a similar point in the electoral cycle, 31 percent were “extremely” interested.
Sixty-four percent of Clinton voters and 59 percent of Trump voters are “extremely” interested.
Conducted May 11-14, 2019 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company (R), this Fox News Poll includes interviews with 1,008 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide who spoke with live interviewers on both landlines and cellphones. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters, and 4.5 points for Democratic primary voters (469).
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Democrats seeking their party’s 2020 presidential nomination seem to be backing away from the #AbolishICE movement as a new poll shows the call to dismantle the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has failed to catch on with voters.
Their move toward more centrist immigration positions seems somewhat isolating for Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has renewed her call to abolish the immigration agency.
Last year, many prominent Democrats — including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders, who are all now running for president — all boldly declared their support for doing away with the agency that was linked to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration, which has since been rescinded.
But with the 2020 primaries looming closer, Dems making a White House run are seeking out safer positions.
Though he lives in the border town of El Paso, Texas, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke avoided talking about ICE on Tuesday when asked about border and immigration issues on “The View.” O’Rourke instead made vague statements against Trump’s proposal of a border wall, adding that Washington needs to “change immigration laws to respect our values,” and treat immigrants with the dignity and respect by honoring U.S. asylum laws.
But Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 is too young to seek the presidency, doesn’t face the same pressure to move to the center.
“I think ‘Abolish ICE’ is a call to action,” the New York Democrat said in April. “I don’t think an agency that systematically and repeatedly violates human rights can be reformed.”
A new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research may explain why Democratic presidential contenders are no longer talking about ICE on their campaign trails. Only a quarter of Democrats said they support the abolishment of ICE despite 57 percent of Democrats answering they still had a negative view of the agency, the Federalist, a conservative website, reported.
Several activists behind #AbolishICE told BuzzFeed News they feel betrayed by Democrats who they say used the progressive movement to gain political ground before the topic became too controversial.
“It’s a little harmful,” said Miguel Andrade, a spokesman for Juntos, a Latinx activist group in Philadelphia. “Everybody was using it as the big hot topic or issue, but nobody is putting the model forward of what that means, or the possibilities of what that looks like.”
Democratic presidential contenders who initially clung to left-wing, progressive policies are now backtracking. When Ocasio-Cortez spoke against ICE shortly after her victory last summer, Gillibrand said she agreed with her stance.
“I don’t think ICE today is working as intended,” Gillibrand told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in June. Instead, Gillibrand said, the U.S. should “reimagine ICE under a new agency.” Her campaign now claims she never called to “abolish” ICE.
In a June 2018 Facebook post days later, Warren said, “we need to rebuild our immigration system, start by replacing ICE.” Sen. Kamala Harris told MSNBC “there’s no question that we need to reexamine ICE,” adding that “we should probably think about starting from scratch.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted in July 2018 that “it is time to do what Americans overwhelmingly want: abolish the cruel, dysfunctional immigration system we have today and pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
The Democratic Party has failed to put forth a unified stance on immigration, and many Republicans used the #AbolishICE movement to their advantage, airing political ads during midterms that painted Democrats as weak on border security, Buzzfeed News reported.
Many 2020 hopefuls now approach immigration by talking about more popular subjects, like ending the separation of children at the border or advocating of Dreamers, but steer clear of attacking ICE.
Warren is in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, reversing cuts in aid to Central America and “making sure we provide the support needed so mamas don’t have to flee with their babies for their lives,” an aide told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Other 2020 Democrats have commented on immigration without making it the forefront of their presidential campaigns. In April, Harris introduced a bill that would permit Dreamers who are temporarily protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to be hired in congressional offices, the newspaper reported.
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A new survey shows former Vice President Joe Biden opening up a large lead over President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2020 general election matchup in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania.
The Quinnipiac University poll, released on Wednesday, is the latest national or state survey to give Biden a clear lead over the rest of the historically large Democratic field in the race for the party’s presidential nomination.
According to the Keystone State poll, Biden tops Trump 53 percent to 42 percent in a head-to-head matchup. While the president holds a four-percentage-point advantage among men, Biden enjoys a 24-point lead among women. The Democrat also edges out Trump 49 percent to 45 percent among all white voters, while crushing the president 70 percent to 27 percent among non-white voters in the state.
Biden was born and spent his first ten years in Scranton, Pa., before moving with his family to Delaware. Biden went on to represent Delaware for nearly four decades in the U.S. Senate before becoming Barack Obama’s vice president. But he kept his deep ties to his native state and was often referred to by Keystone State Democrats as “Pennsylvania’s third senator” during his years in the upper chamber of Congress.
The Quinnipiac survey indicates Trump’s approval rating in the state is underwater, with just 42 percent of voters approving of the job the president’s doing in the White House, while 54 percent give Trump a thumbs down.
Pennsylvania is one of three Rust Belt states – along with Michigan and Wisconsin – making up the traditional Democratic ‘blue wall’ in presidential elections that Trump narrowly captured in 2016. The president edged out Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by less than one percentage point, becoming the first GOP candidate to carrying the state since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
The Pennsylvania poll also shows independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont leading Trump 50 percent to 43 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts edges out the president 47 percent to 44 percent, while Trump is in a virtual tie with Sen. Kamala Harris of California, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas in other potential Pennsylvania showdowns.
“More than half of Pennsylvania voters say they are better off financially than they were in 2016. But the economy isn’t giving President Donald Trump an edge in an early read of the very key Keystone State,” Quinnipiac University Poll analyst Mary Snow said.
In the state’s Democratic primary race, the survey puts Biden at 39 percent support, with Sanders a distant second at 13 percent. Warren and Harris each are at eight percent, Buttigieg garners six percent, and Sen. Cory Booker of neighboring New Jersey has five percent support. Every other candidate registered at two percent or less.
“Bolstering Vice President Biden’s numbers is something on which Democrats of all stripes in Pennsylvania agree: Whether they back Biden or not, more than 60 percent believe he has the best chance of defeating Trump in 2020,” Snow spotlighted.
The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted May 9-14, with 978 Pennsylvania voters questioned by live telephone operators. The survey has an overall sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.
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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., responded on Wednesday to a question about interest in her serving as fellow 2020 contender Joe Biden’s runningmate, saying the former vice president would be a good fit for a repeat of his former job under her administration.
“I think Joe Biden would be a great runningmate,” she told reporters in New Hampshire. “As vice president he’s shown he can do the job.”
Her comments came as some pushed a 2020 Democratic ticket with both Biden and Harris. Harris, seen as a progressive leader, could offer Biden, a perceived moderate, a chance to appease the Democratic base in 2020.
“That would be a dream ticket for me, a dream ticket!” Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., reportedly said of the two teaming up for the election.
“I think he’s going to look to balance his ticket so that the ticket itself is more appealing,” Rep. Anthony Brown said, according to Politico. “I think it would make sense and it wouldn’t surprise me if he picked a woman of color.”
It comes after Harris, on Wednesday, said she would be willing to use her executive authority to ban imports of assault-style weapons. She also offered support for Sen. Cory Booker’s, D-N.J. controversial proposal requiring all gun owners to hold federal licenses.
Biden, meanwhile, has faced criticism for being too moderate — particularly on climate change. After progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., appeared to knock Biden’s plan, he told critics to “calm down.”
“You never heard me say ‘middle of the road.’ I’ve never been middle-of-the-road on the environment. Tell her… to look at my record. She’ll find that nobody has been more consistent about taking on the environment and a green revolution than I have,” he said.
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