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    A majority of those attending President Trump’s rally in Duluth, Minnesota, were not Republicans, and over 17 percent of those in attendance did not vote in the last presidential election cycle, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced on Thursday, citing data gleaned from the event. “Our data from the Duluth Rally shows @realDonaldTrump is still bringing in tons of new voters,” she said, listing the statistics: 60% of attendees were NOT Republican 20.9% were Democrat 17.2% did not vote in 2016 8.4% have not voted in last 4 elections “Thank you, Minnesota!” she added: Our data from the Duluth Rally shows @realDonaldTrump is still bringing in tons of new voters: 60% of attendees were NOT Republican 20.9% were Democrat...
    As some Democrats cozy up to the idea of packing the Supreme Court should President Trump and Republicans place Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the bench before the election, others have expressed a wariness to the idea. This is especially true for Democrats challenging Republican incumbents in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa and North Carolina. “Mark opposes adding justices to the court,” a spokesman for Mark Kelly, the former astronaut challenging Republican Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona, told the Washington Examiner. BIDEN AGAIN DEFLECTS ON COURT-PACKING QUESTIONS: 'I'M NOT GOING TO PLAY TRUMP'S GAME'  Campaign aides to Jon Ossoff, the Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. David Perdue in Georgia; Democrat Theresa Greenfield, who is challenging Republican Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa; Democrat Sara Gideon, who is taking...
    A Senate report published Sept. 18 by Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson made headlines for detailing the business dealings of Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
    Reuters October 1, 2020 0 Comments More than 50 Republican former national security officials will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday, joining one of several Republican organizations opposing the re-election of President Donald Trump. The group, called Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, launched in August with 70 members. The new endorsements will bring it to nearly 130 individuals who have publicly broken with the Republican president, including seven who served under Trump, people familiar with the effort said. Others worked as senior defense and security officials in the administrations of Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, also...
    Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot (R) delivered a biting assessment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus MORE’s tenure in the White House, saying his continued leadership is “dangerous to the existence of the republic.” “I’ve concluded that he’s dangerous to the existence of the republic as we know it,” Racicot told The New York Times. Racicot, who served as chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) under former President George W. Bush, threw his support behind Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this week.  In an interview with Yellowstone Public Radio this...
    Senate Republicans, who are battling to cling to their fragile majority, were left frustrated and gloomy after Tuesday night’s chaotic debate between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPrivacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus Trump crowd chants 'lock her up' about Omar as president warns of refugees in Minnesota MORE that left them talking about controversies they had hoped to put behind them. Tuesday’s night debate was a comedown for...
    By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than 50 Republican former national security officials will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday, joining one of several Republican organizations opposing the re-election of President Donald Trump. The group, called Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, launched in August with 70 members. The new endorsements will bring it to nearly 130 individuals who have publicly broken with the Republican president, including seven who served under Trump, people familiar with the effort said. Others worked as senior defense and security officials in the administrations of Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. The 56 new people endorsing Biden include Greg Brower, a former FBI assistant director;...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden took the debate stage Tuesday night, sitting in the very front row was Kristin Urquiza, the San Francisco woman who blames the president for her father's death to COVID-19.Urquiza, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention earlier this year, attended the event as a guest of the Biden's. She said the chaotic debate was no easier to watch in person than it was for those of us watching on TV.RELATED: US coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse"It was headache inducing, and I had a stomach ache for a big chunk of it," Urquiza said. "Not only were the harshness of the president's words...
    Marc Racicot, a former governor of Montana as well as an ex-chairman of the Republican National Committee, endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president in an interview this week. “Even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him,” Racicot, 72, told Home Ground Radio host Brian Kahn. “That means that I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for president.” The half-hour interview, focused on the state of U.S. politics in general, turned to the 2020 election near its end. FILE - In this July 17, 2004, file photo, former GOP National Campaign Chairman Marc Racicot speaks at a news conference for a Bush-Cheney campaign event in Seattle. The...
    Savannah Rychcik September 30, 2020 0 Comments Former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair Marc Racicot may not agree with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on everything, but that is not stopping him from voting for him in November. In an interview with Brian Kahn, host of Home Ground, broadcast Tuesday evening on Yellowstone Public Radio, Racicot revealed why he is voting for Biden. “I regret that I will cause consternation perhaps in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him,” Racicot said. Kahn pressed Racicot on whether he will not be voting at all or if he will be...
    A number of Republican senators heavily criticized the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said the debate was an “embarrassment,” Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska called the debate “a shit show” and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said it was “rough” on both sides. The first debate was moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. WATCH:  Senator Sasse tells @nancycordes and @alexanderbolton that last night’s debate was a “shit show” pic.twitter.com/6D49QdGPtX — Alan He (@alanhe) September 30, 2020 Senator Romney tells @nancycordes and other reporters that the debate was an “embarrassment.” pic.twitter.com/p5QyUowXhK — Alan He (@alanhe) September 30, 2020 I asked roughly half of Senate...
    BILLINGS Mont. (AP) — A former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President Donald Trump. Marc Racicot made the statement during an interview Tuesday on Yellowstone Public Radio with Home Ground host Brian Kahn. Racicot, 72, served two terms as governor after being elected in 1992 and again 1996. He was chairman of the RNC in 2002 and 2003 before becoming chairman of George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. Racicot said Trump lacks the patience and humility needed to lead the country. “I regret that I will cause consternation, perhaps, in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be...
    President Donald Trump continued his assault on the integrity of the U.S. elections during the first presidential debate Tuesday, spreading falsehoods about the security of voting and misrepresenting issues with mail ballots.In the final segment of the contentious debate between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, Trump launched into an extended argument against mail voting, claiming without evidence that it is ripe for fraud and suggesting mail ballots may be "manipulated.""This is going to be a fraud like you've never seen," the president said of the massive shift to mail voting prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.Trump's riff was laden with misstatements and inaccuracies. Mail voting has proved to be safe and secure in the five states that already use it broadly....
    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President Donald Trump. Marc Racicot made the statement during an interview Tuesday on Yellowstone Public Radio with Home Ground host Brian Kahn, the Missoulian reported. Racicot, 72, served two terms as governor after being elected in 1992 and again 1996. He was chairman of the RNC in 2002 and 2003 before becoming chairman of George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Racicot said Trump lacks the patience and humility needed to lead the country. “I regret that I will cause consternation, perhaps, in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will...
    Biden very clearly said the words 'law and order' at Tuesday's debate, yet Trump and his Republican defenders are saying he didn't. Donald Trump and his surrogates in the Republican Party are lying about former Vice President Joe Biden in an apparent effort to gloss over Trump's poor debate performance Tuesday night. In a segment about the protests against police brutality going on across the country, the Democratic presidential nominee condemned acts of violence — including those which have been carried out by Trump supporters — and sympathized with protesters' calls for racial justice. Trump then challenged Biden to say he believes in "law and order."
    Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE and his Democratic allies are preparing an advertising blitz that threatens to overwhelm President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE in the closing weeks of the race for the White House, an onslaught of cash aimed at blowing up what Trump campaign officials once called their Death Star. Biden’s campaign alone has reserved nearly a quarter billion dollars in advertising over the next five weeks in 18 swing states. Outside groups...
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is endorsing Mike Espy in Mississippi's U.S. Senate race as the former agriculture secretary again tries to unseat Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican loyal to President Donald Trump. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in the spring of 2018 to temporarily succeed longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran after he resigned because of health concerns. She defeated Espy in a November 2018 special election to fill the rest of the six-year term that Cochran started. Espy's campaign announced his support from Biden in a fundraising email Wednesday. “Mike Espy has spent his career working to improve the lives of Mississippi's working families,” said a Biden statement...
    In an interview with MSNBC broadcast on Wednesday, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi argued that the United States “needs a strong Republican Party,” Newsweek reported. Pelosi, a Democrat, made the remarks during an appearance on Morning Joe. She described Donald Trump as a “rogue president,” saying that she hopes Republican lawmakers will “intervene” and reclaim the GOP from him. “One of my prayers is that the Republicans will take back their party. The country needs a strong Republican Party. It’s done so much for our country, and to have it be hijacked as a cult at this time is really a sad thing for America.” Under Trump, Pelosi argued, Republican lawmakers are abandoning the ideas that shaped...
    A George W. Bush-era chairman of the Republican National Committee says he will vote for Joe Biden over President Trump. Marc Racicot, governor of Montana from 1993-2001, who helmed the national Republican party during the first term of Bush's presidency, said Trump's character is deficient and lacking, and he should be denied a second term. "I regret that I will cause consternation, perhaps in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him," Racicot said. "That means I will be voting for Joe Biden for president." Racicot said he would have "disagreements" with Biden, the former two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware...
    Former GOP Montana governor and Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Marc Racicot said this week that he would that he will not vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE in November. "I regret that I will cause consternation perhaps in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him," Racicot said during a Tuesday interview on Yellowstone Public Radio. "That means I will be voting for Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for...
    HIALEAH, Fla. –– The city of Hialeah, outside Miami, is known for its Cuban American community of working families, tight incomes and friendships among neighbors -- and as the election nears, many say they're leaning strongly toward voting for President Trump. “Hard-working people, blue-collar workers, Cubans from different generations... come to live here. The grandmas, the fathers, the sons and daughters,” said Lucy Pereda, who has made Hialeah her longtime home. “When I go to a place here and my car breaks down, I know where to go. I have many, many opportunities to go out of the city. Even if it costs me more, I am going to stay in Hialeah and that's what most Hialeans do, they stay in the city. We...
    Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock (center) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● GA-Sen-B: Civiqs, which is polling on behalf of Daily Kos, and Quinnipiac are each out with new surveys of the November all-party primary, and they each find pastor Raphael Warnock securing a spot in the all-but-certain January runoff. First is Civiqs, with the May results in parentheses: Raphael Warnock (D): 38 (18) Doug Collins (R): 25 (34) Kelly Loeffler (R-inc): 21 (12) Matt Lieberman (D): 5 (14) Ed Tarver (D): 2 (6) The sample also...
    President Donald Trump's ninety minutes-plus Mussolini impression on September 29, which had originally been advertised as a debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, didn't do any favors for Cory Gardner. Throughout his campaign, Colorado's incumbent Republican senator has tried to come across as a chummy regular guy in his own ads while relying on highly funded surrogates to portray his opponent, ex-Governor John Hickenlooper, as a cross between Genghis Khan and Hannibal Lecter. Now, however, Gardner must figure out a way to maintain his friendly image even as he embraces a leader who came across during last night's performance as the sort of person from whom responsible parents would shield their children if they encountered him on the street....
    A woman in a Republican pollster's focus group has become a cult hero after expressing her frank opinions on the performances of Donald Trump and Joe Biden during the Presidential debate.  Ruthie, from Pennsylvania, was joined by 14 other undecided voters in the focus group conducted via Zoom by veteran Republican pollster Frank Luntz on Tuesday night. She had originally been on the fence about the vote but later stated that Trump's behavior during the debate had persuaded her to support Biden.  The group watched the 90-minute debate, broadcast from Cleveland, Ohio, as the two candidates shouted and insulted each other while moderator Chris Wallace lost control of the 'dumpster fire' that was the first Presidential debate. Most of the voters in...
    A raucous and chaotic clash between President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for Trump's TikTok ban Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee MORE gave Americans their first chance to weigh their choices side by side in a White House contest that has until now remained remarkably stable. The coronavirus pandemic allowed both...
    All things considered, the 2020 presidential election has been remarkably stable. Since early June, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has led President Donald Trump by between seven to nine percentage points in the FiveThirtyEight.com average of polls. In the battleground states, the race has been largely stable, too. When we last handicapped the race for the Electoral College in early July, Biden had recently gained ground over Trump, thanks to popular dissatisfaction with Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his largely unsympathetic response to social justice protests. That month, for the first time in the 2020 election cycle, we found the Democrats with an edge for more than 270 electoral votes, enough to win the presidency.Cartoons on the 2020...
    CNN’s Republican commentator S.E. Cupp suggested on Tuesday that Donald Trump is suffering from “pretty evident mental decline,” Mediaite reported. The comment comes after network correspondent Brianna Keilar criticized Rudy Giuliani and Dr. Ronny Jackson, who recently accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of having dementia and being on drugs, respectively. “It’s really irresponsible, it’s gross, it’s also pretty rich considering, you know, Trump’s, I think, pretty evident mental decline,” Cupp said. “He has trouble finishing sentences, he has trouble not veering off on tangents, late-night Twitter rants. It’s just a rich line of attack.” According to Cupp, the attacks on Biden coming from Trump and his allies are a “carbon copy” of what the president did to Hillary Clinton...
    (CNN)To Senate Republicans, Joe Biden isn't much of a bogeyman. While in several recent election cycles down-ticket candidates have been quick to link their foes to their party's presidential nominee, this time around, that has hardly been the case. The former vice president has not played a starring role in Republican attack ads, while Senate Democrats have mostly avoided mentioning President Donald Trump, particularly in states he carried in 2016 where Democrats are battling to pick up Senate seats. From Labor Day through Sunday, 95% of broadcast television spots in competitive Senate races were neither anti-Trump nor anti-Biden, according to a CNN review of data provided by Kantar's Campaign Media Analysis Group. Republicans have cut more television spots tying their...
    On the heels of her endorsement of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Cindy McCain has joined an advisory panel for the former veep's transition team. The widow of the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, she's the latest in a list of high-profile supporters who have pledged to offer advice to the candidate should he win the election and move into the White House. TRUMP FIRES BACK AFTER CINDY MCCAIN ENDORSES BIDEN The Wall Street Journal first reported McCain's unpaid position on Monday, and Biden's transition team said she will be the second Republican on the 16-member advisory board. The panel will offer input as the campaign works to turn its promises into policies. McCain, who heads the board of trustees of...
    (Reuters) - Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden face off on Tuesday in a televised presidential debate, part of a 60-year-old tradition marked by some of the most memorable moments of modern U.S. political history: - 1960: The first televised debate pitted Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy against Republican Vice President Richard Nixon, who was recovering from a hospital visit and had a 5 o'clock shadow, having refused makeup. The 70 million viewers focused on what they saw, not what they heard. Kennedy won the election. - 1976: In the first TV debate in 16 years, Democrat Jimmy Carter faced unelected incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford. In remarks seen as a major blunder, Ford said: "There is no Soviet domination of...
    President Trump's coattails may be the best hope a number of Senate GOP incumbents have of keeping their seats. In Arizona, Trump is running far ahead of GOP incumbent Sen. Martha McSally. In that race, McSally is averaging 44.8% of the vote compared to her challenger, former astronaut Democrat Mark Kelly, who earns 50% support, according to a RealClearPolitics poll. The president still trails Democratic challenger Joe Biden there but by 3.4 percentage points instead of over 5. An ABC News/ Washington Post poll released earlier this month had Trump leading the former vice president by 1 point. In North Carolina, the presidential race is almost tied. Biden has a 0.8-point lead in the polling average, but...
    Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyBusinesses, states pass on Trump payroll tax deferral Trump order on drug prices faces long road to finish line On The Money: US deficit hits trillion amid pandemic | McConnell: Chance for relief deal 'doesn't look that good' | House employees won't have payroll taxes deferred MORE (R-Texas) called on Monday for a probe into the sources of The New York Times story that detailed up to nearly two decades of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE's tax documents and business dealings. Brady, the head Republican on the...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican, has endorsed his first Democrat for president. Ridge penned an opinion piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer over the weekend, and on Monday afternoon, he spoke with KDKA political editor Jon Delano on why he’s voting for Joe Biden this year. Ridge, who calls himself a Reagan Republican who served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania and America’s first Homeland Security Secretary, says some things are more important than policy positions. “Before public policy, character, integrity, civility, leadership,” says Ridge. These are qualities, he says, President Donald Trump lacks, and that is exemplified by Trump’s demonizing those who oppose him. Ridge cites his own experience as governor of a diverse state....
    Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Cindy McCain endorsed Joe Biden for president last week, but now she’s taking her support for the former vice president up a notch by joining his presidential transition team. Multiple outlets report that the widow of former Arizona Republican senator John McCain will now serve on Biden’s advisory board. Mrs. McCain shares her place on the board with notable figures including former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, and fellow Republican Bob McDonald, who previously served as Veterans Affairs secretary for the Obama administration. The Wall Street Journal explains that Mrs. McCain and the rest of the board are focused on developing plans to fill major government positions and implement core policies...
    (CNN)There's a revolution happening within the GOP right under our noses.The latest sign came Sunday, when former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge penned an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer making clear his intent to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in November. "He lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead," Ridge, who also served as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in the Bush administration, wrote of Trump.Ridge joins fellow Bush Cabinet secretaries Christine Todd Whitman (EPA), Ann Veneman (Agriculture), Carlos Gutierrez (Commerce) and Colin Powell (State) as Biden endorsers. Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Illinois, and Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska Republican senator, both of whom served in the...
    (CNN)Welcome to 2020! With just 37 days until November 3, Election Day will be here before you know it. As President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden prepare to face off on stage for the first time this Tuesday, here are the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. And they're ranked -- so the No. 1 story is the most important.5. Can Trump expand the map?: President Donald Trump travels to Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday as he desperately tries to find a place Hillary Clinton won in 2016 that he can flip on November 3.A new poll released Sunday and conducted for Minnesota Public Radio, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and...
    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge broke with the Republican Party to endorse Joe Biden for president. In an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, Ridge said he is proud to have opposed President Trump in 2016 and declared his intent to vote for Biden in 2020, which will be the first time he has voted for a Democratic presidential nominee. "I will cast my vote for Joe Biden on Nov. 3. It will be my first vote for a Democratic candidate for president of the United States. But it is not the first time I have said 'no' to Donald Trump. I urge my fellow Pennsylvanians to join me," Ridge wrote. "I actually consider it a...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a Sunday speech urged Republican senators to “step back from the brink” and rethink their positions on confirming President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday in a ceremony on the White House lawn. While Democrats have admitted they have no procedural methods to stop a confirmation, they have called Republicans hypocritical for failing to confirm Merrick Garland in 2016, declaring that it will hurt them at the ballot box. WATCH: “Never before in our nation’s history has a Supreme Court justice been nominated and installed while a presidential election is already underway,” Biden declared. “It defies every precedent, every expectation,...
    Former Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Ridge endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in an op-ed on Sunday. "Vice President Biden and I both know that supporting his candidacy now certainly won’t dissuade me from speaking out later when I disagree with him," Ridge wrote in The Philadephia Inquirer. "But we surely will do so with civility and respect, not with childish name-calling and [T]witter tirades." MITCH MCCONNELL, MITT ROMNEY RESPOND TO TRUMP'S PEACEFL TRANSFER OF POWER REMARKS Ridge added: "Joe Biden has the experience and empathy necessary to help us navigate not only the pandemic, but also other issues that have fractured our nation, including social injustice, income inequality and immigration reform." Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge endorsed Democratic presidential nominee...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden face off on Tuesday in a televised presidential debate, part of a 60-year-old tradition marked by some of the most memorable moments of modern U.S. political history: • 1960: The first televised debate pitted Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy against Republican Vice President Richard Nixon, who was recovering from a hospital visit and had a 5 o’clock shadow, having refused makeup. The 70 million viewers focused on what they saw, not what they heard. Kennedy won the election. • 1976: In the first TV debate in 16 years, Democrat Jimmy Carter faced unelected...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Sunday, former Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Ridge announced he is voting for Joe Biden. Ridge made the announcement in a tweet Sunday morning. “It’s time to put country over party. It’s time to dismiss Donald Trump. Why I’m voting for @JoeBiden on November 3rd,” Ridge said in his tweet. It’s time to put country over party. It’s time to dismiss Donald Trump. Why I’m voting for @JoeBiden on November 3rd. https://t.co/rM9MnwjZhr — Gov. Tom Ridge (@RidgeGlobal) September 27, 2020 Ridge joins a growing list of Pennsylvania Republicans that have endorsed Vice President Biden, including former Pennsylvania Republican Members of Congress Charlie Dent, Bill Clinger, and Jim Greenwood.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Sunday, former Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Ridge announced he is voting for Joe Biden. Ridge made the announcement in a tweet Sunday morning. “It’s time to put country over party. It’s time to dismiss Donald Trump. Why I’m voting for @JoeBiden on November 3rd,” Ridge said in his tweet. It’s time to put country over party. It’s time to dismiss Donald Trump. Why I’m voting for @JoeBiden on November 3rd. https://t.co/rM9MnwjZhr — Gov. Tom Ridge (@RidgeGlobal) September 27, 2020 Ridge joins a growing list of Pennsylvania Republicans that have endorsed Vice President Biden, including former Pennsylvania Republican Members of Congress Charlie Dent, Bill Clinger, and Jim Greenwood.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Tom Ridge, the former governor of Pennsylvania and a Republican, announced he is voting for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Ridge made the announcement in a tweet, along with a first person essay he wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer about his decision. It’s time to put country over party. It’s time to dismiss Donald Trump. Why I’m voting for @JoeBiden on November 3rd. https://t.co/rM9MnwjZhr — Gov. Tom Ridge (@RidgeGlobal) September 27, 2020 “It’s time to put country over party. It’s time to dismiss Donald Trump. Why I’m voting for @JoeBiden on November 3rd,” Ridge said in his tweet. Stay with KDKA as we follow this developing story.
    (Reuters) - Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden face off on Tuesday in a televised presidential debate, part of a 60-year-old tradition marked by some of the most memorable moments of modern U.S. political history: - 1960: The first televised debate pitted Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy against Republican Vice President Richard Nixon, who was recovering from a hospital visit and had a 5 o'clock shadow, having refused makeup. The 70 million viewers focused on what they saw, not what they heard. Kennedy won the election. - 1976: In the first TV debate in 16 years, Democrat Jimmy Carter faced unelected incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford. In remarks seen as a major blunder, Ford said: "There is no Soviet domination of...
    Roxanne Cooper September 26, 2020 9:32PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story President Donald Trump revealed his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday, barely five weeks out from the Nov. 3 election. He has chosen conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the job. If the 48-year-old law professor is confirmed, her appointment would consolidate a conservative majority in the country's top court. : Democratic opponents, led by presidential candidate Joe Biden, have demanded that Republicans back off on replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg — a liberal icon — until after the Nov. 3 election. Leaders of the Republican majority in the Senate, which is tasked with confirming Supreme Court nominees, said they have enough support to hold a vote on the nomination...
    Two former Republican lawmakers wrote an op-ed on Friday explaining why they are supporting Democrat Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE instead of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE in November, arguing Trump is “an ill-formed man who lacks basic self-control and shows no semblance of inner character.” Former Reps. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) and Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.)...
    President Trump’s Supreme Court pick could be his ace in the hole to bolster his numbers with Catholic voters, an especially critical constituency in the Rust Belt states that flipped the Electoral College in his favor four years ago. Amid reports that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is about to get the nod when Trump announces the nomination on Saturday, Catholicism, and anti-Catholicism, could loom large in the confirmation process. Trump is a mainline Presbyterian who has emerged as an ally of the Christian Right, while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a Mass-attending Catholic who, nevertheless, deviates from church teaching on some social issues, especially abortion. An EWTN News/RealClear Opinion Research poll of 1,212 Catholic voters, taken before the death...
    Democratic Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise MORE (Minn.) said the party should focus on winning over nonvoters rather than “disaffected Trump voters.” “I get the urge to focus on disaffected Trump voters. Democrats pride themselves on being a big-tent party. We want to show disaffected Republicans that there’s a political home for them outside Trump’s GOP,” Omar wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Friday. “But appealing to these voters while alienating more progressive, diverse nonvoters doesn’t make sense.  “For every moderate, suburban Republican on the fence...
    Conservative lawyers are brushing off President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE, saying there are safeguards...
    The White House sought Thursday to tamp down a firestorm over whether President Trump would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if defeated in November, as the president’s allies argued his comments were misconstrued and it was the Democrats who failed to accept the 2016 election results. Trump told Fox News he would accept a Supreme Court ruling that he had lost to Democratic challenger Joe Biden. “The president will accept the results of a free and fair election,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in Thursday’s briefing. “But I think that your question is more fitting to be asked of Democrats.” McEnany opened the briefing by listing examples of what she described as Democrats violating American political...
    Republican strategist Brad Todd likes to say that “Ohio is the new Missouri, and Wisconsin is the new Ohio” to explain how central to winning the White House the Badger State has become since President Trump captured the Midwestern battleground four years ago. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by a slim 0.7 percentage points, becoming the first Republican to collect the state’s 10 Electoral College votes since Ronald Reagan in 1984. In doing so, the president established Wisconsin as a crucial swing state that demands the constant care of Democratic and Republican contenders alike. And so, Wisconsin is receiving the kind of attention from Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, in the form of campaign visits and...
    Texas has smashed a new voter registration record with less than three weeks to go until the state's early-voting process begins. Since the last presidential election, Texas has added 1.5 million new voters, surpassing 16.6 million in total, according to the latest figures announced Tuesday by Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs. TEXAS GOVERNOR SUED BY GOP OVER EARLY VOTING DECISION There are still two weeks before the state's Oct. 5 voter registration deadline. The state does not require voters to pick a party to register. “Ahead of the November election, I encourage all eligible Texans who have not already done so to register to vote by Oct. 5 so that they can help shape the future of the Lone...
    VIDEO4:5804:58Carly Fiorina on TikTok deal: Our Chinese policy needs to be consistent between Republicans and DemocratsSquawk Alley Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told CNBC on Thursday she continues to support Democratic nominee Joe Biden's candidacy despite their ideological differences.   "I don't always agree with Joe Biden's policies, but I do think character counts. I think leadership matters," Fiorina said on "Squawk Alley," a little over a month before Election Day and just days before the first debate between Biden and President Donald Trump With the U.S. experiencing a persistent pandemic, and rebounding from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression along with it, Fiorina said she believes Biden is better equipped to help the nation recover than Trump. "I think collaboration...
    Several key members of the Republican Party announced Thursday that they are committed to ensuring that there will be a peaceful transfer of power if Donald Trump loses the election to Joe Biden, Politico reported. The statements come following remarks that the president made that suggest he’s not going to willingly cede power if he loses. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump broadly suggested that he’ll continue to stay in office even if he loses the election. Specifically, he expressed concerns about the accuracy of mail-in ballots, which he has insisted will lead to a fraudulent election, and about the timeliness of the results of the election when it comes to voting by mail. “[Get] rid of the ballots and...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's stunning refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power was mostly dismissed by Republicans on Capitol Hill, with many downplaying the remarks as merely rhetoric and others deflecting questions about a comment that Democrats fear could threaten a fundamental principle of American democracy. "The President says crazy stuff. We've always had a peaceful transition of power. It's not going to change," said Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who has been an occasional critic of the President.While Republicans insisted there would be a peaceful transition, many did not go so far as to explicitly criticize his remarks after Trump on Wednesday would not commit to providing a peaceful transition of power after Election Day, lending...
    Texas state House candidate Brandy Chambers The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● State Legislatures: With the nation's primary elections finally concluding last week, we're pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the Daily Kos Elections State Legislative Open Seat Tracker is now complete. Overall, Democrats are contesting more seats at the legislative level than Republicans, and fewer of the party's incumbents have opted to retire, suggesting continued optimism about Team Blue's chances across the country. This year, 5,876 seats are on the ballot across 86...
    JOE Biden's son Hunter allegedly sent "thousands of dollars" to people who may have been involved in prostitution or sex trafficking, according to a controversial report by Senate Republicans. The 87-page report was released on Wednesday by the Republican-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee - it looks into the younger Biden's alleged dealings in Ukraine. 4Hunter and Joe BidenCredit: Getty - Contributor It claims Biden sent funds to "non-resident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine", reports the New York Post. The report alleges "some of these transactions are...
    New polls today show Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump in a tight race or virtually tied in the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, and Georgia. CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe reports that while Mr. Trump has turned his campaign's attention to the Supreme Court and is set to announce what his administration has promised will be an anti-abortion, conservative female nominee on Saturday, Biden and his campaign are keeping laser-focused on the economy, coronavirus, and race relations, which he discussed today with Black businesses and educators during a campaign visit to North Carolina. During his first in-person visit to the tossup state since becoming the nominee, Biden said, "We have a gigantic opportunity, a gigantic opportunity to fundamentally change...
    The New York Times reported Wednesday that a Republican-backed Senate inquiry had found no wrongdoing by Joe Biden, even though the report confirmed the former vice president’s conflict of interest regarding his son’s overseas business deals. As Breitbart News reported, the report by two Senate committees found that Biden had allowed family members to enrich themselves while he was in office. The report also suggested Biden had lied about what he knew about a potential conflict of interest involving Hunter Biden, and about speaking with his son about his businesses abroad. However, the Times reported that the inquiry had turned up nothing. Its article was titled “Republican Inquiry Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Biden,” and its subheading declared: “The report...
    Reuters September 23, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday said Black turnout was the linchpin to his hopes of winning the White House in November and reversing economic and social inequities that have held back African Americans. Noting that the coronavirus pandemic had hit the minority community especially hard, Biden said Black Americans would only achieve equality once they were in a position to build wealth, and voting was the starting point. “There’s only one way to do it. We gotta show up and vote,” he told a Black economic summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he vowed to boost Black home ownership and push other policies to help African-American workers and businesses. Biden has...
    Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on John McCain, after his widow announced her support for the president's Democratic rival Joe Biden. Cindy McCain announced her support for Mr Biden in a tweet on Tuesday, saying he was the only candidate "who stands up for our values as a nation." Mr Trump tweeted that he was "never a fan" of the veteran Republican senator, who died in 2018. Mr McCain was one of the president's most outspoken Republican critics. Mr Trump, in turn, publicly questioned his heroism during the Vietnam War. Five times McCain clashed with Trump A really simple guide to the US election Has Trump delivered on his promises? In her tweet on Tuesday,...
    Travis Gettys September 23, 2020 6:25PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story Cindy McCain endorsed family friend Joe Biden over President Donald Trump. The president has repeatedly attacked and insulted her late husband, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and she appeared Wednesday morning on multiple TV news programs to endorse Biden in November's election. : "I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband's request," Trump tweeted. "Joe Biden was John McCain's lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!" Travis Gettys MORE FROM Travis Gettys
    Cindy McCain, widow of the late U.S. Republican presidential contender John McCain, is endorsing Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, and Republican President Donald Trump says he doesn't care one bit. Cindy McCain, who spoke on Biden's behalf at the Democratic National Convention last month, said on Twitter late Tuesday, "My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden." Prominent Republicans Endorse Biden at Democratic Convention Former Ohio Governor John Kasich, who was one of President Trump’s strongest rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is perhaps the most prominent Republican...
    Cindy McCain, widow of the late U.S. Republican presidential contender John McCain, is endorsing Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, and Republican President Donald Trump says he doesn't care one bit. Cindy McCain, who spoke on Biden's behalf at the Democratic National Convention last month, said on Twitter late Tuesday, "My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden." Prominent Republicans Endorse Biden at Democratic Convention Former Ohio Governor John Kasich, who was one of President Trump’s strongest rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is perhaps the most prominent Republican...
    WASHINGTON - Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the report said it was ultimately "unclear" what impact Hunter Biden's position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company had on Obama administration policy with regard to Ukraine. And it offered no evidence to support one of President Donald Trump's more incendiary allegations — that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor as a way to protect his son. Biden's campaign immediately panned the report, released six weeks...
    What makes Republicans walk like this? For months, Republican Senator Ron Johnson has promised to deliver a body blow to Joe Biden. Like the report being put together by William Barr and John Durham, this was one of multiple efforts to “prove” the conspiracy theories about Biden and Ukraine. That would be the same conspiracy theories that Trump tried to force Ukraine to back through an extortion scheme that ended up getting him impeached. For his part, Johnson has repeatedly attacked Biden by referencing disproven claims released years ago, touting information passed along by someone who turns out to be a sanctioned Russian agent, and trying to claim connections between unrelated events using a thin paste of innuendo and hand waving. Meanwhile, both the FBI and...
    President Donald Trump struck back at Cindy McCain for endorsing his political rival, saying she 'can have Sleepy Joe' Biden, who he described as John McCain's 'lapdog.'  The president's tweet came as McCain, the widow of the late senator, made the rounds of the morning TV shows to tout her endorsement of Biden, which was a blow to the president's re-election bid.   'I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband's request,' Trump tweeted. 'Joe Biden was John McCain's lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL.' 'Never a fan of John,' he added. 'Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!' Cindy...
    By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Cindy McCain has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president in a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the Republican Party's 2008 nominee. Trump has had a fraught relationship with John McCain's family since he disparaged the Arizona senator during the 2016 campaign. But the family has until now stopped short of endorsing Trump's rivals. Cindy McCain cited the decadeslong friendship between her family and Biden's and their bond as the parents of children serving in the military. “He supports the troops and knows what it means for someone who has served,” McCain told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday. “Not only to love someone who has...
    PHOENIX – Cindy McCain has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president in a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the Republican Party's 2008 nominee. Trump has had a fraught relationship with John McCain's family since he disparaged the Arizona senator during the 2016 campaign. But the family has until now stopped short of endorsing Trump's rivals. Cindy McCain cited the decadeslong friendship between her family and Biden's and their bond as the parents of children serving in the military. “He supports the troops and knows what it means for someone who has served,” McCain told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday. “Not only to love someone who has served, but understands what...
    Reuters September 22, 2020 0 Comments Election officials in the battleground state of North Carolina on Tuesday said they will count any absentee ballots that arrive up to nine days after the Nov. 3 presidential election, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. The agreement, which would resolve a Democratic-backed lawsuit if approved by a judge, is the latest legal development extending the deadline in various states amid concerns that mail delivery slowdowns could delay the arrival of ballots. Courts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – all states expected to be critical to the November contest between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden – have ordered officials this month to accept late-arriving ballots, in...
    Republicans are cautiously optimistic that the looming fight to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will benefit President Trump’s reelection chances. Trump is expected to nominate Ginsburg’s successor later this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has vowed to press forward with a vote despite furious Democratic opposition. Trump has publicly indicated that five women are under consideration. “It's hard to see how this doesn't help Republicans politically. The Supreme Court fight reframes the election in a way that's helpful for President Trump,” said GOP strategist Alex Conant. “Rather than focusing on his tweets and handling of COVID, many voters will now focus on the Supreme Court.” A Pew poll released...
    President Donald Trump said he didn't want to lose to the 'worst presidential candidate' in history, Democrat Joe Biden, as he went on a name-calling tour of his political enemies in Ohio Monday evening.   Trump surveyed the crowd, asking if they wanted his next Supreme Court choice to be a man or a woman. 'It will be a woman, it will be a woman and we are looking forward to it,' the president said, when the crowd indicated by screams they'd prefer a feminine pick.   The crowd booed when Trump mentioned Ohio's Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, who was on hand, as the governor had implemented tough COVID-19 restrictions earlier this year.  President Donald Trump campaigned in Ohio Monday night,...
    In a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, Republican Danielle Pletka declared that despite the fact that she refused to vote for Donald Trump in 2016, she now feels compelled to support him in 2020. The piece quickly caught fire online, inspiring ridicule and sympathy from differing corners and triggering a surprising amount of discussion. In one sense, it’s hard to see what the big deal was. The Post publishes opinion pieces in support of Trump frequently, and this one was not particularly special. Pletka herself is not a particularly notable figure. Like many op-eds, it was sloppy and unpersuasive, making huge leaps of reasoning and glossing over critical points in the argument. It didn’t take seriously any compelling counterarguments. It...
    In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of reporting on President Donald Trump’s efforts to make inroads with Latino voters. But it’s important to note where most of those inroads have been made: Trump has generally fared much better among Cuban-Americans in Florida than among Mexican-Americans in western states or Puerto Ricans in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. And journalist David Smiley, in an article published in the Miami Herald on September 21, stresses that Trump’s support among Cuban-Americans is by no means universal. “Amid evidence that Trump has significantly expanded his support among Miami-Dade’s traditionally conservative Cuban exile community,” Smiley reports, “a counter-movement is afoot to show that there are thousands of Cuban-Americans in Florida who...
    Reuters September 21, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his U.S. Supreme Court pick by the end of the week, moving quickly to fill the seat of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a 6-3 conservative majority ahead of his Nov. 3 re-election bid. The Republican president said he is looking “very seriously” at five candidates and would put forward his nominee on Friday or Saturday after funeral services for Ginsburg, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday at age 87. Trump said the Republican-controlled Senate should hold a vote ahead of the election. “The final vote should be taken frankly before the election. We have plenty of time for...
    By Trevor Hunnicutt WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Donald Trump and his rival for the U.S. presidency, Joe Biden, will campaign in two election battlegrounds on Monday as they spar over the president's plan to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat with only weeks before voters choose between them. Trump, the Republican seeking re-election on Nov. 3, will hold campaign events in Ohio, a state some Democrats once saw as a lock for Trump, while the Democratic former vice president makes his second trip of the month to Wisconsin. Each are reckoning with a presidential contest that was upended by Friday's death of the liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump's intention to appoint a replacement before the election, which would cement...
    HERMANTOWN, Minnesota — The Republican strategy of caricaturing 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as a puppet for his party's more liberal members is resonating with Minnesota voters. The GOP has upped its attacks on the two-term vice president and Delaware's 36-year senator as "an empty vessel" and "Trojan horse" for the Left since he named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate last month. And voters, at least in Minnesota, are parroting the rhetoric as they start casting ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. "He's not running the show. There's people with more money and power behind him running it," Republican Gerald Yourczek told the Washington Examiner outside a Biden event near Duluth in...
    Texas Republican Wesley Hunt. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● TX-07, TX-22: The Texas Tribune reported Friday that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) had canceled $2 million in ad time for the Houston media market—apparently the committee's entire reservation—and would instead direct that money to other parts of the state (see our Ad Reservations item for details on where). This marks the first time this cycle that a major outside spender has decided to triage a House race—or in this case, perhaps two. Big money...
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg chided the Senate in 2016 for failing to fill Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat until after Election Day — in contrast to her own deathbed plea that it now wait until after the 2020 vote to replace her. Ginsburg, 87, who died from pancreatic cancer on Friday, reportedly told her granddaughter Clara Spera that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Four years earlier, Fox News noted, she had a different take. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in his last year,” Ginsburg told the New York Times in 2016 when she urged the Senate to do “their job”...
    Reuters September 20, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans not to vote on any candidate nominated to the Supreme Court as the November election approaches, calling his rival Donald Trump’s plan an “exercise of raw political power.” Biden was speaking on Sunday, the day that a second Senate Republican voiced objections to Trump’s plan for a quick vote on a replacement to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. Such an appointment by the president, if approved by the Senate, would cement a 6-3 conservative majority that could influence American law and life for decades. “Voters of this country should be heard … they’re the ones who this Constitution envisions should decide...
    Joe Biden said Sunday it would be a "constitutional abuse of power" for the GOP-run Senate to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to fill the slot held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, saying it violated a previous Republican standard during President Obama's second term and would be unfair to millions of voters who will have cast ballots before any confirmation vote. The nation is already facing historic crises, from the pandemic to a "devastating economic recession" and damaging storms and fires, Biden said in remarks at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. "The last thing we need is to add a constitutional crisis that plunges us deeper into the abyss, deeper into the darkness," the former vice...
    For the first time in its history, the Republican Convention is preparing to meet virtually starting Monday from Charlotte, North Carolina, culminating on Thursday with President Donald Trump’s speech. Republicans will dominate the scene after Democrats nominate former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s opponent in the November presidential election, at their convention. The Republican Convention will feature speeches by its luminaries and the first lady, who will speak Tuesday night. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to deliver his speech on Wednesday while the closing will be led by President Trump, who will speak Thursday night. After the closing of the Republican Convention on Thursday, the electoral campaign that is presented as highly polarized between...
    For the first time in its history, the Republican Convention is preparing to meet virtually starting Monday from Charlotte, North Carolina, culminating on Thursday with President Donald Trump’s speech. Republicans will dominate the scene after Democrats nominate former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s opponent in the November presidential election, at their convention. The Republican Convention will feature speeches by its luminaries and the first lady, who will speak Tuesday night. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to deliver his speech on Wednesday while the closing will be led by President Trump, who will speak Thursday night. After the closing of the Republican Convention on Thursday, the electoral campaign that is presented as highly polarized between...
    For the first time in its history, the Republican Convention is preparing to meet virtually starting Monday from Charlotte, North Carolina, culminating on Thursday with President Donald Trump’s speech. Republicans will dominate the scene after Democrats nominate former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s opponent in the November presidential election, at their convention. The Republican Convention will feature speeches by its luminaries and the first lady, who will speak Tuesday night. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to deliver his speech on Wednesday while the closing will be led by President Trump, who will speak Thursday night. After the closing of the Republican Convention on Thursday, the electoral campaign that is presented as highly polarized between...
    PHOENIX – Former Republican US Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona announced Monday his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Flake and a group called Republicans for Biden launched Monday around the same time that the Republican Convention formally named President Donald Trump as a candidate. “I wholeheartedly support Joe Biden for president,” Flake said in a video message. The Biden campaign said in a press release that the formation of the group was a “strong rebuke to the current administration.” Others in the group included another former Arizona legislator, Rep. Jim Kolbe. Flake, who retired in 2019, said he had never voted for a Democrat running for president, but Biden was a “good and...
    WASHINGTON – Carly Fiorina, a formal rival of Donald Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, plans to cast her vote for Democrat Joe Biden in November.”I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump,” Fiorina told The Atlantic magazine in an interview published on Thursday.Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard Co chief executive, fell in line behind Trump like many Republicans in his 2016 race against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Since then, she has become increasingly critical and last year called for his impeachment.”I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility an… Read More
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY SUSAN HEAVEY AND ANDREW CHUNG Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will speak in Philadelphia on Sunday about his rival President Donald Trump’s plan to name a third justice to the Supreme Court, a move that would cement a 6-3 conservative majority. Trump on Saturday said he will make his nomination this week and named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible candidates to fill the vacancy created by Friday’s death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The passing of Ginsburg upended the November election contests, energizing both Trump’s conservative...
    By Susan Heavey and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will speak in Philadelphia on Sunday about his rival President Donald Trump's plan to name a third justice to the Supreme Court, a move that would cement a 6-3 conservative majority. Trump on Saturday said he will make his nomination this week and named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible candidates to fill the vacancy created by Friday's death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The passing of Ginsburg upended the November election contests, energizing both Trump's conservative base -- eager to see the court overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized...
    President Donald Trump is expected to defy the dying wish of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and nominate her replacement in the coming days in a rush to hurry through a conservative judge before the election. Trump's attempts to hurry through his own pick, the third Supreme Court Justice he would have nominated, has already been met with backlash from his rival, Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Biden demanded that Trump waits until after the election so the winner can put forward the nomination. It comes as insiders suggest that some Republican Senators led by Mitt Romney will lead a rebellion to scupper Trump's chances of a rushed process.  It was the the dying wish of late Supreme Court...
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg injects another layer of controversy into an already contentious presidential election, as the composition of the nation’s highest court hangs in the balance. Ginsburg, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993, was an anchor of the court’s liberal bloc. Her passing while a Republican sits in the White House less than 50 days out from the election sets the stage for a brutal confirmation hearing. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have given every indication they would attempt to fill any Supreme Court vacancy that occurred this year, though they could face Republican defections. John Malcolm, vice president for the Institute for Constitutional Government and director of the Meese...
    A lack of enthusiasm for Joe Biden from Black and Latino men could provide President Trump with an opening to seize on, according to a Politico report. Though Black women and Latinas still reliably support the Democrat, Biden's lead with Black and Latino men, though clear, falls behind that of Democrats historically. Last week, Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris reportedly held a call with big names in the Black community such as rapper Jay-Z and radio host Charlamagne tha God to tackle a question that has besieged the campaign: how to turn out Black male voters for Biden in full force. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who recently represented the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Jacob Blake, was...
    Just some of the anonymous Democrat voters who are super-concerned that Democrat Biden is too Democrat, maybe? If you have at some point stumbled across a political group on Facebook (of course) calling itself “Democrat Voters Against Joe Biden,” you probably noticed a few things that made the group sound … suspicious. First, it is not likely that a true group of Democratic voters would use an illiterate-sounding conservative slur to refer to themselves: “Democrat Voters” is a Luntzian term used by hardline partisan Republicans, who remain utterly convinced that using a noun where an adjective should be used is the Ultimate Lib Ownage for reasons that remain mysterious to this day. Second: Also that. Third and fourth: That, but...
    Kamala Harris has proven a trickier-than-expected target for Republicans trying to define the Democratic ticket ahead of November’s election, even as she and Joe Biden have recently seemed confused about which of them is leading the ticket. The Californian Biden tapped as his running mate was once rated the most liberal senator — “She is even to the left of Socialist Bernie Sanders,” a Republican National Committee statement said last month — and Democratic primary voters quickly soured on her presidential campaign earlier this year. This would seem to be fertile ground for attack ads or opposition researchers. Yet Harris, 55, remains above ground in her favorability ratings. A Reuters/Ipsos poll earlier this month that showed 58% having a favorable...
    When Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and the House Republicans unveiled their Commitment to America this week, they were operating in the best tradition of the modern House GOP. In 1994, we unveiled the Contract with America. It gave our candidates a clear outline of positive ideas they could advocate. The momentum of having a positive, problem-solving GOP carried us to the first House Republican majority in 40 years. We promptly kept our word, and in the first 100 days voted on every item in the Contract. That clarity and proof that we could be trusted turned a 40-year period of Democratic control of the House into a 12-year Republican majority. VideoAfter four years of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her...