Former Vice President Joe Biden maintained a massive lead over his presidential rivals this week; with roughly one third of Democrats preferring Biden over 19 other candidates.
The lead is a significant development following this week’s highly-anticipated Democratic debates in Detroit.
“Standing in contrast to the first set of Democratic debates, this week’s matchups did little to immediately impact potential Democratic primary voters’ preferences for president,” states a new poll from Morning Consult.
“Thirty-two percent of Democratic primary voters said they still want to see former Vice President Joe Biden at the top of the party’s 2020 ticket, according to new Morning Consult polling conducted after the Tuesday and Wednesday debates in Detroit. That figure hasn’t shifted much since the end of the first round of debates, when 33 percent said Biden was their first choice,” adds the survey.
Following Biden is Bernie Sanders at 18%, Elizabeth Warren at 15%, and Kamala Harris at 10%.
“Candidates used Wednesday to attack front-runner Biden over his criminal justice record and the Obama administration’s deportation record, but their attempts to discredit the former vice president were largely unfruitful in terms of changing voters’ minds — at least in the short term. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) also used the stage to criticize Harris’ record as attorney general of California,” reports Morning Consult.
Read the full survey here.
PITY PARTY: Cory Booker Unhappy that CNN Debate ‘Pitted Democrats Against Each Other’
Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker slammed CNN moderators during Wednesday night’s debate; complaining the network was “pitting Democrats against each other” as the candidates sparred over healthcare and immigration.
“The person that’s enjoying this debate most right now is Donald Trump, as we pit Democrats against each other while he is working right now to take away Americans’ health care,” said Booker in Detroit.
The Trump campaign’s communications director responded to Booker on social media within minutes, writing “Cory Booker: ‘The person who is enjoying this debate the most right now is Donald Trump.’ Fact Check: TRUE.”
Cory Booker: “The person who is enjoying this debate the most right now is Donald Trump.”
Fact Check: TRUE
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Senator Booker escalated his war of words with President Trump earlier this month, saying he’d like to “punch” the Commander-in-Chief.
“Donald Trump is a guy who you understand he hurts you, and my testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching him, which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that,” Booker told comedian Seth Meyers. “This physically weak specimen.”
“You don’t beat a bully like him fighting him on his tactics, on his terms, using his turf,” Booker said. “He’s the body-shamer, he’s the guy that tries to drag people in the gutter.”
“We will not beat Donald Trump by trying to be more like him, but by showing that we are not like him,” he added. “We are not weak morally. We are not weak mentally. We are a strong nation.”
According to insiders, Booker’s campaign is rapidly running out of cash.
The packed Democratic presidential field will likely become less crowded in the coming weeks, with major campaigns of national candidates quickly running out of cash heading into the second televised debate.
“Among those with the highest burn rates, according to Federal Election Commission records, are New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney was also listed as having spent several million more than he raised, but the candidate has since said the numbers were misreported,” reports Fox News.
“It’s never a good sign,” Larry Sabato, director of University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said. “I’m not going to write them all off, let’s see what happens in the second debate.”
“I would say that for O’Rourke, and several of the others really, a stellar debate performance is essential,” Sabato said. “No one could watch his campaign and say that Beto O’Rourke was doing really well. He’s not. They expected a lot more than this.”
SQUAD IN DETROIT: Rashida Tlaib Protests Outside Dem Debate, Demands DC ‘Tax the Rich’
Squad-member Rashida Tlaib took her war against moderate Democrats to Detroit Tuesday; speaking at a ‘Tax the Rich’ event outside the upcoming presidential debates in her Michigan home town.
“Right now, I represent the third poorest congressional district so I’m right at the forefront,” she said. “So when they say things have gotten better or when some candidates are pushing back against any kind of bold approach to ending poverty in our country, it’s that right now in Michigan, just recently, it has increased poverty among children, the fact that General Motors is leaving and the trade debacle that this current administration has created — where do they stand on those?”
U.S. Rep. @RashidaTlaib blasted the use of more than $150 million in taxes to build the Little Caesars Arena. “Corporate greed is a disease,” she said before tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate. pic.twitter.com/S78q6t0jJx
— Motor City Muckraker (@MCmuckraker) July 30, 2019
— Adam Shaw (@AdamShawNY) July 30, 2019
“And you look at the Midwest, it was shocking to see many of our folks and precincts that have never been red before go red, but that’s because people need to feel heard and need to feel seen and the way you do that is making sure they come before corporations,” she said.
“So you know I’m always going to look at a person’s previous voting record, what they proposed before, because many of them have actually held office before, they’ve actually been in positions of power where they could have introduced these plans they are now proposing now — so I want to look at that more than their performance,” added Tlaib.
Read the full report here.