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Is it 2020 yet?   America - all of it

Started 11/19/18 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 33739 views.
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12/31/18

Elizabeth Warren throws her headdress into the ring

US senator Elizabeth Warren, a liberal firebrand who has taken on Wall Street and traded barbs with Donald Trump, has announced she is seeking to challenge the Republican President in 2020.

Key points:

  • Elizabeth Warren has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 2013
  • She is a high-profile critic of Wall Street and has campaigned for stronger regulation since the GFC
  • The Democrat primaries are expected to attract a strong range of candidates

Senator Warren said she had formed an exploratory committee, which will allow her to begin raising money to compete in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field, before the November 2020 presidential election.

Whether that leads to her actually running for president will be decided in the next few months, she said.

Senator Warren, 69, who has represented Massachusetts since 2013, was one of Mr Trump's fiercest critics during the 2016 presidential race and they have continued to exchange biting insults during his presidency.

He mockingly refers to her as "Pocahontas" because of her claim to Native American ancestry.

Senator Warren has denounced Mr Trump as an "insecure money grubber" with a platform of "racism, sexism and xenophobia" while Mr Trump has described the former Harvard Law School professor as "goofy" and a "low life" with "a nasty mouth".

Several hours after the announcement, Mr Trump had not responded but Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called Senator Warren "another extreme far-left obstructionist and a total fraud".

On Monday, Senator Warren released a video in which she outlined her vision of a path to opportunity for all Americans, not just the wealthy.

"America's middle class is under attack," she said on the video. "How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie and they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice."

Senator Warren is likely to face a crowded field of Democrats, including senators Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as former vice-president Joe Biden.

Former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro — former president Barack Obama's housing secretary — formed an exploratory committee in December.

In searching for a candidate to run against the President, Democrats will grapple with the tension between the party's establishment and progressive wings that flared during the 2016 primary between Hillary Clinton and senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who ran under the Democratic banner.

A Warren candidacy will expect opposition from Wall Street; in the US Senate, she has been a strong voice on financial issues and a self-described defender of the ordinary American against powerful interests.

Advocate for stronger banking regulations

Following the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, Senator Warren emerged as a leading critic of Wall Street and continues to advocate for stronger regulation and oversight, including reinstating a rule that would separate banks' retail business from their riskier investment banking activities.

Senator Warren, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, has fought the Trump administration's efforts to weaken post-crisis financial rules.

In a September interview marking 10 years since the financial crisis, she was asked about whether she would break up big banks.

"Oh yeah," she told the New York Times. "Give me a chance."

She also has opposed the administration's efforts to undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped create, and has pressured the Federal Reserve to take a tough line on scandal-hit lender Wells Fargo.

Many of Senator Warren's policy positions have focused on economic inequality. She recently offered legislation calling on the US Government to manufacture generic drugs to reduce their cost.

In 2017 she joined other senators in a proposal to extend the federal Medicare health insurance program for seniors to include everyone.

Crowded field expected for Democrat primaries

Senator Warren will have plenty of competition from women driving the Democratic Party's resurgence as well as liberals and progressives, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato said.

He said that despite her 80 per cent name recognition, that did not necessarily translate into actual support.

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1/3/19

I predict that 2020 will arrive 

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1/3/19

I admire your clairvoyance! Would love to get an appointment.

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1/4/19

We take walk ins. 

We are on Mount Olympus in Greece

Bring a small farm animal to sacrifice 

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1/4/19

Would a half-eaten roast chicken do?

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1/4/19

Donald Trump's likely challengers in 2020

As we tick over into 2019, the next US presidential election now all of a sudden feels a lot closer.

US senator Elizabeth Warren announced her plans earlier this week to potentially challenge Donald Trump in 2020.

She is expected to be just one in a crowded list lining up to try and stop the Republican President winning a second term.

So, who are the names to look out for?

Joe Biden

Vice-president under Barack Obama, Joe Biden has been at the top of early polls on who the Democrats prefer.

His intentions on whether he will run aren't clear yet but he will have to make a decision soon as campaigning heats up and donations are sought.

Mr Biden has had two previously unsuccessful attempts at the presidency — in 1988 and 2008.

Bernie Sanders

The 77-year-old Vermont senator was considered a long shot when he challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 election.

But he went on to win 23 of the primaries and caucuses and 43 per cent of pledged delegates in a surprisingly close contest.

Known for his progressive policies and appeal with younger voters, Senator Sanders hasn't made any firm commitments but is considering his options.

It's important to remember that although Senator Sanders has sought Democratic nominations, he is actually an independent.

Hillary Clinton

The former secretary of state and the Democrats nominee at the last election isn't being seriously talked about as a contender.

But late last year despite saying she did not want to make a third run for the White House, she also added "I'd like to be president".

A former aide to Mrs Clinton wrote in The Wall Street Journal in November that she would run again.

Elizabeth Warren

Senator Warren, who has represented Massachusetts since 2013, is known for taking on Wall Street and trading barbs with Mr Trump.

She is a self-described defender of the ordinary American against powerful interests and was one of Mr Trump's fiercest critics during the 2016 presidential race.

Mr Trump mockingly refers to Senator Warren as "Pocahontas" because of her claim to Native American ancestry.

Senator Warren, 69, has formed an exploratory committee, which will allow her to begin raising money to compete in the Democratic primary field, but still has not decided whether she will actually run.

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1/4/19

Who else is being talked about?

Kirsten Gillibrand, a senator from New York and former lawyer, is being touted as a contender but may be on the outer with some influential Democrats after she said Bill Clinton should have resigned over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Ms Gillibrand also made headlines in late 2017 when Mr Trump was accused of "slut shaming" her after she urged him to resign as he faced accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

African-American senator Cory Booker from New Jersey has delivered some major speeches recently and frequently features in lists of potential Democratic candidates for 2020.

Beto O'Rourke could also be a challenger after making a name for himself when he almost pulled off a stunning defeat of Texas senator Ted Cruz in last year's midterm elections on the back of record fundraising numbers.

What about Michelle Obama?

The former first lady released her memoir Becoming late last year and it took just 15 days for it to become the highest-selling book published in the US in 2018.

But despite her popularity, Ms Obama has repeatedly said she has no intentions of running for president.

Any celebrities in the running?

After Oprah Winfrey's inspiring "new day" speech at the 2018 Golden Globes, social media lit up with hashtags like #Oprahforpresident.

Reports said she was thinking about running, but just a few weeks later she put an end to the speculation saying a presidential tilt was "not something that interests me".

Rapper Kanye West has also talked on numerous occasions about running for president.

After initially floating the idea at an MTV awards function in 2015, West's most recent line is that he is serious about running but not until 2024.

Could Trump also be challenged by Republicans?

Yes, but there have been few successful primary challenges to an incumbent president.

Although if Mr Trump was seriously challenged in a primary, history shows he would be unlikely to then win the general election.

Ohio Governor John Kasich, a vocal Trump opponent and the last standing challenger to Mr Trump in 2016, is one name that often comes up in talk of other Republican contenders.

When is the election?

The presidential election will be on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

The winner is then scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.

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1/12/19

They won't elect a guy called Castro!

Assailing US President Donald Trump for "a crisis of leadership," former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro has joined the 2020 presidential race as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates.

Key points:

  • Mr Castro was San Antonio's mayor for five years and US housing secretary in former President Barack Obama's second term
  • He says Mr Trump's leadership is in a crisis and plans to secure the border in a "smart and humane way"
  • Mr Castro could end up being the only Latino in crowded the Democratic field

Mr Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made immigration a centrepiece of his announcement in his hometown of San Antonio, 320 kilometres from the US-Mexico border.

Two days after the President visited the border to promote his promised wall, Mr Castro mocked Mr Trump for claiming that the US faces an "invasion" from its ally to the south. "He called it a national security crisis," Mr Castro said.

"Well, there is a crisis today. It's a crisis of leadership. Donald Trump has failed to uphold the values of our great nation."

Mr Castro, the 44-year-old grandson of a Mexican immigrant, said he was running for president "because it's time for new leadership, because it's time for new energy and it's time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities that I've had are available to every American".

He made the announcement as a government shutdown dragged into the longest in US history, and as the field of 2020 contenders widens and anticipation grows around bigger names still considering runs.

Mr Castro was San Antonio's mayor for five years and US housing secretary in Barack Obama's second term. He became the second Democrat to formally enter race, after former Maryland Representative John Delaney.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has also started an exploratory committee for president, and four other Democratic senators are taking steady steps toward running.

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to Congress, said this week she was also planning a bid.

Mr Castro is getting an early start in trying to stand out.

His first trip as a candidate will be to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where an outcry has begun as the White House considers diverting disaster funding to pay for the border wall.

The impasse over paying for a border wall that Mr Trump made a central part of his 2016 campaign has led to the partial federal closure.

That stalemate, along with Mr Trump's hard-line immigration stands, drew sharp rebukes from Mr Castro.

"There are serious issues that need to be addressed in our broken immigration system, but seeking asylum is a legal right. And the cruel policies of this administration are doing real and lasting harm," he said.

He argued for securing the border in a "smart and humane way".

"There is no way in hell that caging babies is a smart or a right or good way to do it. We say no to building a wall and say yes to building community. We say no to scapegoating immigrants," he said.

Mr Castro had said leading up to his announcement that a Latino candidate was a must in the 2020 field.

He was raised by a local Latina activist, and after a brief career in law, was elected mayor of the nation's seventh-largest city at 34.

It was not long before Democrats nationally embraced him as a star in the making, particularly one from Texas, where a booming Hispanic population is rapidly changing the state's demographics and improving the party's fortunes.

Mr Castro delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Two years later, Mr Obama picked him to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He was on the short list of Hillary Clinton's potential running mates in 2016.

Like other Democrats running, Mr Castro has said he will not accept money from political action committees tied to corporations and unions, and he has sought to introduce himself to voters as a champion for universal health care and affordable housing.

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