Former Vice President Joe Biden leads all Democratic contenders in a poll of Florida voters released Wednesday.
Biden, who announced his run for president in late April, polled at 39 percent, followed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 12 percent each in the survey from Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Business and Economic Polling Initiative.
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg drew nine percent, Sen. Kamala Harris of California seven percent and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke five percent.
“Even though Joe Biden has a substantial lead among the Democrats, with almost 10 months to go before the Florida Democratic presidential primary, there is still plenty of time for the other candidates to make up ground,” said Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., director of the FAU BEPI.
The survey polled how each of the top five Democrats would do in a matchup with President Donald Trump.
Biden fared best in a 50-50 tie with Trump and Sanders polled at 49 percent to Trump’s 51 percent. Trump won matchups with Warren and Buttigieg, 52-48 percent, while Harris polled six points behind the president, 53-47 percent.
The survey, conducted May 16-19, polled 1,007 Florida registered voters. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.0 percentage points.
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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris holds her first organizing event in Los Angeles as she campaigns in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
May 20, 2019
By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, one of two dozen Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination, on Monday proposed closing the gender pay gap by requiring companies to disclose pay data and secure an “equal pay certification” or be fined.
Harris’ proposal aims to shift the burden from workers, who now must prove pay discrimination by employers, to corporations, which would have to show they eliminated pay disparities between men and women doing work of equal value.
In 2017, full-time, year-round working women earned 80% of what male counterparts earned, the U.S. Census Bureau says, and minority women earned even less.
At a college rally in Los Angeles on Sunday, Harris decried the pay gap between men and women. “This has got to end,” she said, to audience cheers.
Harris said her plan would incentivize corporations to close the pay gap, because “There will be penalties if they don’t.”
Under Harris’ proposal, which would require approval by the U.S. Congress, companies with 100 or more employees would give their pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
They would also have to prove existing pay gaps were not based on gender but merit, performance or seniority, and commit to policies barring mandatory arbitration pacts for job disputes and questions about salary history during hiring.
Companies falling short of the criteria would be fined 1% of their profits for every 1% wage gap found after adjusting for variables such as experience and performance.
Harris’ campaign said it estimated the plan would generate $180 billion over a decade, with revenue falling as new pay policies are adopted. The fines would go to offset the cost of universal paid family and medical leave policies she backs.
In an acknowledgement that implementing such legislation would be difficult, if not impossible, if Democrats did not also maintain control of the House of Representatives and win control of the Senate, Harris outlined how she would use the president’s executive authority to force companies competing for federal contracts worth $500,000 or more to obtain the certification.
Harris’ campaign said 28 million U.S. workers would be covered by such executive action.
(Reporting by Amanda Becker in Washington; Additional reporting by Tim Reid in Los Angeles; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
In preparation for the big dollar presidential campaign spending of television ads, Democrats have picked up the pace of online ads on Google and Facebook, reversing what was a 2-1 spending edge by President Donald Trump as recently as March, Axios reported Sunday.
Since the start of 2019, Democrats have spent a combined $12.7 on those ads, while the Trump campaign as spent $7.9 million, according to the report.
Now, that does include a field of about two dozen Democrats and just one U.S. president, but former Vice President Joe Biden just officially announced his candidacy last month and has recently surpassed President Trump in online advertising, according to Bully Pulpit Interactive.
Since unveiling his Democratic primary intentions, Biden has outspent President Trump $1.5 million to $969K – $960.8K to $623.2K on Facebook and $541.6K to $346.6K on Google. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg ($387.9K) has also outspent President Trump on Google.
According to Axios, the early campaign spending online helps optimize campaigns and coordinate where the big dollars go later in the 2020 presidential campaigns. They do so by taking individual donations, collect campaign data, and build up lists.
The spending by Democrats does not mirror currently polling numbers, according to RealClearPolitics polling averages.
The top five in the polls:
- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
- Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
The top five Democrats in online ad spending since April 20, per Bully Pulpit:
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang of New York.
Sen. Sanders is seventh among Democrats in online ad spend, also surpassed by Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.
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FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo
May 18, 2019
By James Oliphant
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday will hold a presidential-style rally intended to make his march toward becoming the Democrat to take on President Donald Trump seem inevitable, even as rivals search for ways to slow him down.
Since entering the race last month, Biden, 76, has largely ignored the other 23 contenders in the Democratic field, instead training his fire on Republican Trump.
Trump, in turn, has regularly knocked Biden, making the 2020 presidential contest sometimes feel like a general election more than a year before the vote takes place.
Biden’s outdoor rally in Philadelphia, where he has established his campaign headquarters, illustrates the importance of Pennsylvania to Democratic hopes next year. Trump narrowly won the state over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
After Biden leaves, Trump will hold an event of his own on Monday in the northeast part of the state.
Biden will not have the luxury of shrugging off the rest of the Democratic field much longer. While opinion polls show him with a substantial lead, other candidates have begun targeting him.
An emerging antagonist has been U.S Senator Kamala Harris, who this week mocked calls by Biden supporters that she join him on the Democratic ticket as vice president. Harris said it should be the other way around.
“I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate,” Harris told reporters. “As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job.”
Biden, a U.S. senator for 30 years and a two-term vice president under Barack Obama, has argued he is best positioned to take on Trump next year.
The cheeky remark by Harris underscored the tension that runs through the Democratic Party as its activist wing grapples with the notion of nominating a moderate white male such as Biden rather than a progressive woman such as U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren or person of color like Harris.
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD?
Democratic nominating contests begin next February, giving the dynamics of the race plenty of time to shift. But Biden has opened up a more than 20-point lead over his nearest rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, in several public opinion polls.
In New Hampshire this week, Harris took issue with Biden’s assertion that a sweeping 1994 crime bill Biden backed in Congress did not lead to mass incarceration of prisoners.
African-Americans, a key voter demographic for both Biden and Harris, have been particularly critical of the legislation, saying it devastated black communities.
Warren has criticized Biden’s support of the credit card industry while a senator. Sanders has blasted Biden’s past support of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Iraq War.
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is not running for president but holds influence over young progressive voters, appeared this week to criticize Biden after Reuters reported that he likely would advance a plan to tackle climate change less sweeping than Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal.’
Biden pushed back at Ocasio-Cortez, saying he has never been “middle of the road” on the climate issue.
“There are very loud voices on the very new progressive side of the agenda, and I think it’s useful,” Biden said in New Hampshire. “I think they’re good. They’re smart people, and they should be able to be making their case.”
At his Philadelphia rally, his biggest campaign event yet, Biden is expected to speak in broad policy outlines and call for national unity.
He was ridiculed by some liberal commentators this week for similar talk, suggesting Republicans would have an “epiphany” and begin cooperating with Democrats once Trump is out of office.
(Reporting by James Oliphant; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Rosalba O’Brien)
The U.S. Flag and Alabama State Flag fly over the Alabama Governor’s Mansion as the state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry
May 16, 2019
By Steve Gorman and Daniel Trotta
(Reuters) – Alabama’s governor signed a bill on Wednesday to ban nearly all abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest, in the latest challenge by conservatives to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.
U.S. abortion rights activists had already vowed to go to court to block enforcement of the Alabama measure, the strictest anti-abortion law yet enacted with the intention of provoking reconsideration of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
That effort has thrust the emotional debate over abortion back to the forefront of national politics in the run-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.
Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed the measure a day after the Republican-controlled state Senate approved the ban and rejected a Democratic-backed amendment to allow abortions for women and girls impregnated by rape or incest.
“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ivey said in a statement.
Abortion supporters across the country condemned the bill as part of a Republican-backed assault on the rights of women to control their own bodies.
“This is the war on women,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, “It’s in full swing, and it’s decades in the making.”
The Alabama law would take effect in six months.
Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced this year in 16 states, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected.
Planned Parenthood joined the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday in filing a legal challenge to Ohio’s recent ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
The Alabama bill goes further, banning abortions at any time, unless the mother’s health is in danger. Those performing abortions would be committing a felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison. A woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable.
‘GONE TOO FAR’
Most of the Democratic candidates seeking their party’s 2020 nomination to run for the White House condemned the Alabama law, calling it an attack on women’s rights and vowing to fight to uphold legal access to abortion.
“The idea that supposed leaders have passed a law that would criminalize a physician for assisting a woman on something that she, in consult with her physician, with her God, with her faith leader, has made the decision to do, that is her body that you would criminalize,” U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, one of the large field of hopefuls, said at a town hall on Wednesday morning in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Some on Twitter had called on their allies to mail coat hangers to Ivey, as a reminder of the illegal abortion practices common before it was made legal.
Christian television broadcaster Pat Robertson, a staunch critic of Roe v. Wade, said the Alabama law “has gone too far.”
“It’s an extreme law, and they want to challenge Roe versus Wade. But my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose,” Robertson said on his program, “The 700 Club.”
Anti-abortion advocates are aware that any laws they pass are certain to be challenged. Courts this year have blocked a restrictive Kentucky law and another in Iowa passed last year.
But supporters of the Alabama ban said the right to life of the fetus transcended other rights, an idea they would like tested at the Supreme Court.
The highest U.S. court, now with a majority of conservative justices after Republican President Donald Trump appointed two, could possibly overturn Roe v. Wade. That decision held that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment provides a fundamental right to privacy that protects a woman’s right to abortion.
Roe v. Wade did allow states to place restrictions on the procedure from the time a fetus could viably survive outside the womb, except in cases in which a woman’s health was otherwise at risk. A fetus is generally considered viable at 22 to 24 weeks. A full-term pregnancy typically is about 40 weeks.
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio enacted statutes this year outlawing abortion after a doctor can detect an embryonic heartbeat.
Opponents call the “heartbeat” legislation a virtual ban because embryonic cardiac activity can be detected as early as six weeks, before a woman may even be aware she is pregnant.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles and Daniel Trotta in New York; Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York, Ginger Gibson in Washington, and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Lisa Shumaker and Paul Tait)
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump and all other Democratic contenders by double digits in Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
Pennsylvania backed Trump in 2016 despite the fact that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had been leading by as much as 10 points late in the fall.
But Biden drew support from 53 percent of state voters when asked who they would pick if the 2020 general election were held today, compared to 42 percent who said they would back Trump.
Additionally, Biden leads in a Pennsylvania Democratic primary with 39 percent, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 13 percent, Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren with 8 percent each, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 6 percent and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey with 5 percent.
Sixty-one percent of Democrats also say Biden has the best chance of beating Trump, while 45 percent say Biden would be the best leader.
“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,” said Mary Snow, polling analyst for Quinnipiac University Poll.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden has overtaken Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the latest Emerson National Poll, leading by 8 percentage points nationally, a 13-point swing after officially announcing his 2020 candidacy.
Biden pulls in 33% of Democratic primary voters in the national poll, leading Sen. Sanders’ 25%. Biden had trailed 29-24% before making his 2020 presidential campaign announcement.
This poll is far more favorable to Sen. Sanders and the field against Biden than many others. Biden leads Sanders by 23.5 points in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls.
The Emerson National Poll top five candidates for the 2020 Democratic primary:
- Biden 33%.
- Sen. Sanders 25%
- Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., 10% (tied for third)
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., 10% (tied for third)
- South Bend, Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg 8%.
No other candidate in the field reached 3% of the vote in the poll.
The poll was conducted by Emerson College among 429 likely Democratic primary voters between May 10-13 and containing a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.
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In a month in which former Vice President Joe Biden officially entered the 2020 presidential race, he overtook Sen. Bernie Sanders for the lead in a crowded Democratic field, 33 percent to 25 percent, according to an Emerson National Poll released on Tuesday.
In the same poll last month, Sanders led Biden 29 percent to 24 percent.
The poll also finds that in a head-to-head matchup with Trump, both Biden and Sanders would defeat the president by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin. Other Democrats who would just narrowly defeat Trump in the popular vote include former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Other results from the survey show:
- Harris and Warren are far behind in third place among Democrats, each at 10 percent. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg finishes off the top 5 with 8 perent. No other candidate gets more than 3 percent.
- Fifty-six percent of Democratic primary voters say there is a chance they could vote for another candidate than the one they chose, while 44 percent say they will definitely vote for the candidate they are currently backing.
- Sanders has strong support among younger voters, leading Biden 41 percent to 11 percent among those under 30 years old. However, Sanders’ support weakens with age, and Biden defeats him among those over 50, including a 52 percent to 7 percent advantage for those over 65.
- Trump’s approval rating remains the same as in the April poll, with a 43-percent approval and 49-percent disapproval.
- Voters are split 50-50 when asked if they think Trump will be re-elected.
The poll was conducted May 10-13. The sample consisted of registered voters with a Credibility Interval similar to a poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana jumped into the 2020 presidential race Tuesday, touting his ability to work with Republicans and promising to make campaign finance reform a signature issue.
Bullock, 53, won re-election in conservative Montana in 2016, making him the only one of the more than 20 major Democratic Party presidential candidates to win statewide election in a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016.
As Democrats gauge the electability of the party’s White House contenders, Bullock hopes his 2016 victory will show that he can broaden the party’s appeal to moderate and rural voters beyond its coastal strongholds.
“As a Democratic governor of a state that Trump won by 20 points, I don’t have the luxury of just talking to people who agree with me,” Bullock said in a video announcement of his candidacy. “I go all across our state’s 147,000 square miles and look for common ground to get things done.”
Still a relative unknown nationally, Bullock has barely registered in opinion polls and will face a stiff challenge competing with the support and fundraising ability of higher-profile party rivals such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Bullock presents himself as a potential unifier in a party torn between those who prefer a pragmatist who can appeal to moderates and independents, and those who want a fresh face who can energize the party’s increasingly diverse and left-leaning voters.
He pointed to his successes as governor in Montana, where Republicans control the state legislature, and his ability to forge compromises on bills to expand Medicare, increase campaign finance disclosures, bolster pay equity for women and protect public lands.
Bullock has made campaign finance reform a cornerstone of his agenda as governor, filing a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service in 2018 over its decision to loosen disclosure requirements for “dark money” groups that under federal law do not have to disclose donors. A court hearing is scheduled in June.
Bullock also signed an executive order requiring many state government contractors to report political donations, including those to such groups, and worked with members of both parties to pass a bill requiring disclosure of donors to independent groups spending money on state-level elections.
“I was able to bring Democrats and Republicans together to fight dark money and pass one of the strongest campaign finance laws in the country,” Bullock said in the announcement video.
Bullock hired veteran Democratic operative Jenn Ridder, who ran Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ successful campaign in 2018, as his campaign manager. He also announced the hiring of top communications and Iowa state staffers as he launched his bid.
The son of a single mother, Bullock worked his way through college and took out loans to finish law school. He served as Montana’s attorney general before being elected to his first term as governor in 2012.
When he won re-election in 2016, he captured 13 counties in Montana, more than twice the number Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried.
He has traveled frequently to early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire in the last year to lay the groundwork for a campaign, but he had promised to wait until Montana’s legislative session ended to make his plans for the White House known. The Montana legislature adjourned in late April.
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FILE PHOTO – Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to reporters during a townhall event in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Maddie McGarvey
May 13, 2019
By Tim Reid
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren pledged on Monday that if she wins the White House in 2020, her education secretary will be “a former public school teacher who is committed to public education.”
In remarks Warren planned to deliver to a teachers union in Philadelphia, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts described Republican president Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, as “the worst secretary of education we’ve seen.”
DeVos is a reviled figure among many Democrats and teachers unions. She is a proponent of school vouchers, school choice and charter schools, options critics see as undermining public education. DeVos, who has no teaching experience, has also eased regulations on for-profit colleges.
Warren, a former educator, vowed to take a different course.
“Let’s get a person with real teaching experience,” Warren said in an email ahead of the town hall. “A person who understands how low pay, tattered textbooks, and crumbling classrooms hurt students and educators. A person who understands the crushing burden of student debt on students and young professionals and who is committed to actually doing something about it.”
The Education Department did not immediately respond to Warren’s comments.
Warren was appearing before a gathering of the American Federation of Teachers, the country’s second-largest teachers union.
Her remarks come as many of her Democratic rivals court America’s teachers, an important constituency in the party’s nominating contest, in their battle to become the candidate to take on Trump in next year’s presidential election.
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, another Democratic candidate, has pledged $315 billion over 10 years to increase teacher pay. It was the first major policy proposal Harris rolled out after she declared her candidacy.
(Reporting by Tim Reid; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan Oatis)