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Biden says he was deceived by Bush on Iraq

Former Vice President Joe Biden has gotten criticism on the campaign trail for his 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq War. Whether or not it ends up as an issue for voters––a recent poll indicated it may be for some––Biden addressed the issue.

Biden has previously expressed regret for his vote. When asked today in New Hampshire about it, he had this to say:

“The mistake I made was trusting President Bush, who gave me his word he was using it for the purpose of getting inspectors in to see what was going on, whether they were producing nuclear weapons.”

Biden gave a speech recently on ending “forever wars” that, as CNN politics reporter Vanessa Yurkevich noted today, did not mention the Iraq War.


Netroots Participants favor Warren, Harris a strong 2nd choice

Many of the MSNBC moms and energized youths at the annual Netroots Nation conference have already settled on their top candidate—with a surprising second choice.

It’s still early. There will be 16 more months of speech making and glad-handing and glitzy ballroom fundraisers before Election Day. Not committing to a presidential candidate just yet would make sense. But here at Netroots Nation, the premier annual convention for progressive activists, many attendees already seem fairly certain about their choice: They want Elizabeth Warren, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, to be their next president. And if they have to pick a second choice? It’s Senator Kamala Harris of California.

It’s not necessarily intuitive that the same person would support both women: Warren is a folksy public-school teacher turned anti-corruption advocate, while the blazer-wearing Harris is more of an establishment type, with a long career climbing the ranks of power in California. Warren has pledged not to hold high-dollar fundraising events in favor of grassroots-style meet and greets, while Hollywood heavyweights have been some of Harris’s biggest campaign boosters.

But in interviews with two dozen progressive activists at Netroots, most people told me that, while they prefer Warren, they’d choose Harris if things were to go south for the Massachusetts lawmaker. They view both senators as passionate and capable. Some even suggested that the two women should run on the same ticket. “They bring different things to the table, but one thing is clear when you talk to each of them: their competency,” Rod Sullivan, a 53-year-old attendee from Iowa City told me. They would operate differently as presidents, he added. But each of them “could do this.”


Trump losing to Top Democratic Candidates in Election Matchup

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Would All Beat Donald Trump In 2020, New Poll Suggests

A new poll suggested that 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would all beat President Donald Trump in a head-to-head competition by significant margins.

Former Vice President Biden remained the frontrunner, with the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing him beating out Trump by a margin of 51 to 42 percent, a lead of nine points. Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, had the second largest win gap in the poll, beating Trump by seven points, 50 to 43 percent. With a five-point lead over the president, Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, would beat Trump 48 to 43 percent, according to the survey.

With the poll's margin of error being 3.5 percentage points either way, each of the three frontrunners for the Democratic party's 2020 nomination currently have a clear advantage over the president. Senator Kamala Harris of California also polled ahead of the president by one point, at 45 to 44 percent. But that result fell within the poll's margin of error.


Latest NBC/WSJ Head-to-Head Polling versus Trump

July 7-9
538 A- rated: NBC News /Wall Street Journal Poll

Biden...... 51, Trump 42 Biden +9
Sanders.. 50, Trump 43 Sanders +7
Warren... 48, Trump 43 Warren +5
Harris..... 45, Trump 44 Harris +1


My Disclaimer: These are early polls. No single poll's results, especially this early on, should be over emphasized.

The Democratic field continues to dominate Trump in head-to-head polling.

Warren closes in on the leaders, as Biden and Sanders within the margin of error of each other in regards to defeating Trump.

Why I support Sen. Harris for president by Brian Benjamin - July 13, 2019

I’m backing Kamala Harris because she knows that real, meaningful criminal justice reform must be on the agenda for our next president. Right now, our justice system — with its private prisons, cash bail system, and failure to restore voting rights to individuals with felony convictions — does not align with our American values. These are the issues I have dedicated my career in public service to addressing, and I know that Kamala deeply understands them and has tackled them head-on in her career and in this campaign, which is why I am excited to support her for president.

Many of us in the Democratic Party underestimated the current United States President for far too long. The same level of disbelief we had when Trump won the Republican nomination and then the general election in 2016 continues to drive our thinking today.

We think all we have to do is to nominate someone with a pulse because America won’t re-elect Donald Trump. This way of thinking is a mistake. Now more than ever, we should support the candidate whom we believe has the best chance of beating Donald Trump. In my opinion, that candidate is Senator Kamala Harris.

First, I think we need someone who can take the fight to Trump on the debate stage. Hundreds of millions of Americans will be watching the general election debates and they will have an outsized influence on voters’ perspectives.
Her years as a District Attorney and as an Attorney General have taught her how to make her case and she is masterful at it. Watching her in the Senate Judiciary hearings questioning Justice Brett Kavanaugh and then recently watching her on the debate stage during the Democratic Primary debate it is clear she excels in this forum and can deliver the punishing blows in these settings to shift the narrative. We need someone who can forcefully and efficiently make the case against Trump in a way that excites the base and at the same time does not alienate swing voters.

Second, by any calculation, her candidacy is historic. If elected, she would become the first woman and the first woman-of-color to become the President of the United States. Frankly, it is long past time for a woman to occupy the White House. This country has already shown us that it will vote for a woman as was shown in 2016 with Hillary Clinton’s popular vote tally.


Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand

The senators who are most likely to reject President Trump's nominees are the very ones who want to challenge him in 2020.

The Hill's review of two-and-a-half years of vote totals shows Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voted against more Trump nominees than any other senator.

At the same time, Republicans voted virtually in lock step for Trump's nominees; the average GOP senator backed 99 percent of his picks, and the one who went rogue most often -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) -- still voted to confirm 93 percent of his nominees.


Turning 80 years old as President

When will a candidate turn 80 during their term if elected President in 2020 ?

Sanders: 8 months into his first term

Biden: 1 year and 10 months into his first term

Warren: never

Harris: never

Buttigieg: never

O'Rourke: never

But age is just a number. Is it an important number?

We never had an 80 year old serving as President, is it time to change that?

Harris introduces bill to cover HIV prevention drug

Sen. Kamala Harris introduced legislation Thursday that would require health insurance companies to cover the HIV prevention drug PrEP, a first-of-its-kind bill that the California Democrat timed to coincide with Pride Month.

The bill would require that insurance plans cover the full cost of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, as well as require initial tests and related follow-up visits with a doctor.

That would go beyond a recommendation this month by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of government-appointed prevention experts, that PrEP be given to people at high risk of contracting HIV.

The medicine, sold under the brand name Truvada, can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by up to 99% if taken every day, according to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Promotion of its use in San Francisco has helped the city bring new cases of HIV to record lows.


Elizabeth Warren headlines liberal gathering Netroots

Elizabeth Warren headlines liberal gathering as other top 2020 contenders skip Netroots

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and three other Democratic primary candidates will take center stage at the 14th annual Netroots Nation conference on Saturday, facing questions at a forum capping off days of activist workshops, panel discussions and a few morning yoga sessions.

Thousands of progressive organizers have been gathered here since Thursday, meeting to trade tips and tactics for building on last year's gains ahead of the 2020 elections. The Massachusetts Democrat will be the de facto headliner. Other early polling leaders are absent due to scheduling conflicts in what has already become, with nearly seven months to go before the Iowa caucuses, an unrelenting campaign for the party's nomination.

The presidential forum will also include New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Netroots Nation, which debuted under a different title the summer before the 2006 midterms, is one of the longest running and most historically influential annual progressive political conferences, welcoming presidential candidates and top Democratic congressional leaders. Well before Twitter overtook blogs as the grassroots' digital megaphone of choice, it was instrumental in pushing party establishment leaders to more aggressively battle Republicans and embrace issues like climate change.


It Won't Be Easy To Make The September Debate

It Won’t Be Easy For Many Democrats To Make The September Debate

We’ll know next week who made the stage for the second Democratic primary debate on July 30-31 — July 16 is the deadline for polls that can affect who qualifies — so stay tuned, but in the meantime, here’s an early look at which Democrats are positioned to make the third debate in September.

At the moment, just five candidates have qualified for the third debate [Namely: Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Sanders and Warren], according to our research, and while it’s early yet (candidates have until late August to improve their donor numbers and gain more support in the polls), the debate’s higher thresholds will probably result in far fewer than 20 candidates making the stage.

To qualify, candidates must have at least 2 percent support in four qualifying national or early-state polls released after the first debate on June 26-27 through two weeks before the third debate on Sept. 12-13 and 130,000 unique donors (including at least 400 individual donors in at least 20 states).1 And while those thresholds might not sound that difficult to meet, it’s definitely raising the ante from the first two debates, in which candidates needed to hit only 1 percent support in three qualifying polls or 65,000 unique donors (including at least 200 individual donors in at least 20 states).

So far, there have been six qualifying surveys for the third debate, so with more surveys to come, the number of candidates who make the cut will probably grow.

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