2020 race
March 17, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a message on Tuesday night to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), following his wins in the Florida and Illinois Democratic presidential primaries.

Biden spoke from his home in Delaware, with the address streamed online. He first discussed the coronavirus pandemic, and said tackling it is "a national emergency akin to fighting a war. It's going to require leadership and cooperation from every level of government and it's going to require us to move thoughtfully and decisively to quickly address both the public health crisis as well as the economic crisis. It's going to require us to pay attention to the medical and scientific and health experts. It's going to require each of us to do our part."

Americans, he said, are "up to this challenge" and are "moving quickly to adapt our routines to meet this challenge." Coronavirus is forcing the country to "put politics aside and work as Americans. The coronavirus doesn't care if you're a Democrat or Republican. It will not discriminate based on national origin, race, gender, or your ZIP code."

Switching his attention to Tuesday's primaries, he thanked poll workers and said his wins show he's "building a broad coalition we need to win in November." He may not agree with Sanders on "tactics, but we share a common vision: for the need to provide affordable health care for all Americans, reducing income inequality that has risen so drastically, to tackling the existential threat of our time, climate change." He praised Sanders and his supporters for their "remarkable passion and tenacity" on these issues, and said they "shifted the fundamental conversation in this country." Catherine Garcia

March 2, 2020

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) canceled her Sunday night rally after dozens of protesters shouting "Black Lives Matter" and "Free Myon" took over the stage.

The Democratic presidential hopeful's rally was supposed to be held at a high school in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. A Klobuchar spokesperson said the campaign offered protesters a meeting with the senator "if they would leave the stage after being on stage for more than an hour. After the group initially agreed, they backed out of the agreement and we are canceling the event."

Minnesota votes on Tuesday, and Klobuchar is hoping to improve upon her sixth-place finish in Saturday's South Carolina primary. She has been fielding criticism for her part in the case of Myon Burrell, a black teenager who was convicted of murder in 2002. Burrell, now 33, was tried while Klobuchar was Hennepin County Attorney, and sentenced to life in prison.

Several people have since recanted their testimony, saying they were coerced into giving up his name, and there was never any DNA or prints connecting Burrell to the crime. In February, Klobuchar said new information in the case should be reviewed, since "what we know now was not the same as what we knew then." Catherine Garcia

March 1, 2020

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced on Sunday night he is suspending his presidential campaign.

Buttigieg told supporters in South Bend that he values the truth, and "the truth is, the path has narrowed to a close for our candidacy, if not for our cause." Buttigieg promised he will "do everything in my power to ensure we have a new Democratic president come January," and will work to "bring our party and our country together."

The United States, Buttigieg said, is "hungry for new politics," and his campaign found "countless Americans ready to support a middle class millennial mayor from the industrial Midwest not in spite of that experience, but because of it." Buttigieg also hopes that by becoming the first openly gay man to run for president, it sent a message "to every kid out there wondering if whatever marks them out as different means they are somehow destined to be less than, to see that someone who once felt that exact same way can become a leading American presidential candidate with his husband at his side." Catherine Garcia

February 20, 2020

President Trump held a rally in Phoenix on Wednesday night at the same time Democrats were debating in Las Vegas, and he was sure to get in several digs against the candidates.

He called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) a "phony," referred to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as "crazy," and called former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg "Mini Mike." Trump proclaimed that it doesn't matter who the Democratic nominee is, because "we're going to win," but seemed to hint that he thinks it will be a close race in Arizona in November. While he won the state in 2016, he only beat Hillary Clinton by 3.5 percentage points. "We'll be back a lot," he said.

Trump also told an oft-repeated story about a man who allegedly told Trump "my wife used to look at me like I'm a total loser," but because of how high his 401(k) is, "she loves me again. She thinks I'm a genius." The man's profession and his 401(k)'s rate of growth always changes when he tells the story, and Trump kept Wednesday's version of the man shrouded in mystery, simply referring to him as "Henry," USA Today reports. Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2020

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg participated in CNN town halls in Nevada on Tuesday night, days before the state's caucuses.

Sanders is leading in the polls and did well in Iowa and New Hampshire, but when asked if he is the Democratic frontrunner, Sanders responded, "Who cares?" He also questioned whether his supporters were really sending threatening messages to Culinary Union in Nevada leaders over the union's criticism of Sanders' heath-care proposals. "The idea that anybody who works with me would make a vicious attack against a union leader just because we disagree on an issue is incomprehensible to me," he said. "And you know what, I'm just not sure that that's true."

Buttigieg called out several people close to Trump, including Attorney General William Barr. Barr's politicization of the Justice Department is "an emergency of legitimacy in our justice system," he said. "Our justice system only works if it is immune from the interference of politicians."

He also scoffed at Trump ally Rush Limbaugh lecturing him on family values. Buttigieg said his marriage "never involved me having to send hush money to a porn star after cheating on my spouse," a reference to Trump's 2016 hush-money payoff, via his incarcerated former lawyer Michael Cohen, to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Klobuchar said while it would be "cool" to be the first woman president, "I think the story that we tell and the campaign that we run has to be more than about that. It has to be about people's dreams." She also shared why she was unable to remember the president of Mexico's name last week when asked during an interview — an error Buttigieg brought up. "When that happened, for what it's worth, I had been in the Senate all day," Klobuchar said. "We had six votes, including a resolution to be a check on the president. And I got on a plane and got there at midnight my time and had a fast interview and two forums after that, I think ending at about two or three in the morning. Such is life." Catherine Garcia

February 18, 2020

If Mike Bloomberg is elected president this November, he would sell his financial information business, a campaign official told NBC News on Tuesday.

Bloomberg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and the former Republican mayor of New York, founded Bloomberg L.P. in 1981; the company has an estimated annual revenue of roughly $10 billion, and could be worth $40 billion, CNBC reports. The official said Bloomberg L.P. would be put into a blind trust for "eventual sale," but did not give an estimated timeline. Because the company would be in a blind trust, Bloomberg would have "no involvement" in its sale. Bloomberg L.P. employs an estimated 20,000 people.

Tim O'Brien, a senior adviser to the campaign, told CNN Bloomberg will "release his taxes" and there will be "no confusion about any of his financial holdings, blurring the line between public service and personal profiteering. We will be 180 degrees away from where Donald Trump is on these issues because Donald Trump is a walking conflict of interest." President Trump did not put his Trump Organization into a blind trust, and it is being run by his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Catherine Garcia

December 10, 2019

Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday released the names of nine clients he worked with during his time at McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, worked with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; the Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws; Best Buy; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the U.S. Department of Defense; the U.S. Postal Service; the Department of Energy; and the environmental nonprofit Energy Foundation. Buttigieg was employed by McKinsey from 2007 to 2010.

The names were revealed after McKinsey released Buttigieg from a nondisclosure agreement on Monday, following pressure from fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who said voters should know about any conflicts of interest he might have. In turn, Buttigieg called on Warren to share details about her corporate legal work; she released her records on Sunday night.

In addition to sharing the names, Buttigieg also explained the work he did for each client. "Now, voters can see for themselves that my work amounted to mostly research and analysis," he said in a statement. "They can also see that I value both transparency and keeping my word. Neither of these qualities are something we see coming out of Washington, especially from this White House." Catherine Garcia

December 9, 2019

Your move, Mayor Pete.

On Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a 15-page document detailing her past corporate legal work, including cases she worked on as counsel, consultant, and expert witness. Some of the cases date back more than 30 years, and in total, she earned $1.9 million, Reuters reports. The document lists dozens of cases, and many were taken on pro bono. In April, Warren released 11 years of tax returns, and encouraged her fellow candidates to follow suit.

Warren came forward with the document on Sunday after her fellow Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, pressured her to share more about her corporate legal work. Warren has called out Buttigieg for not releasing any information about his time spent with the consultancy company McKinsey & Co.; she also said he should let the media cover his private donor events.

Kristen Orthman, Warren's communications director, got in a dig at Buttigieg on Sunday night, saying in a statement that "any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected." Catherine Garcia

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