Election

IT’S OFFICIAL: Next Democrat Debate to Feature TEN CANDIDATES, One Night Only

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.29.19

The DNC and ABC News confirmed Thursday the upcoming slate of candidates to appear at the next Democratic presidential debate in Houston; saying just ten hopefuls will share the stage in September.

“The Democratic National Committee made it official on Thursday – as media partner ABC News formally unveiled the list of White House hopefuls who’ve qualified for the upcoming third round of presidential primary debates,” reports Fox News.

“Unlike the two-night, 20-candidate showdown last month, just 10 candidates will face off on a single night in the upcoming debate in September. They are: former Vice President Joe BidenSen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; Sens. Kamala Harris of Californiaand Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang,” adds Fox.

“I’m looking forward to getting to the place — assuming I’m still around — that it gets down to a smaller number of people so we can have more of a discussion instead of one-minute assertions,” Biden told journalists this week.

Not all candidates are thrilled with ABC News’ strict requirements.

“There’s a high likelihood that candidates will band together to make a clear statement to the DNC that these rules are unfair,” according to Dan Sena, a consultant who led the House Democratic campaign committee in 2018. “That could manifest itself into putting a ton of pressure on the DNC — talking to donors, influencers, and building a case against the process.”

Many candidates view being seen in the debates as essential to keeping their campaigns alive. Missing the opportunity for a campaign-changing soundbite, a bump in the polls, attracting more donors – it could be a death knell for their candidacy.

In recent months, DNC Chairman Tom Perez has been forced to defend the process, explaining the reasoning behind the rules

“We’ve said this all along, that in the fall we’re going to raise the threshold because that’s what we always do. You have to demonstrate that you’re making progress. And 2% is hardly a high bar in my judgment,” Perez said on CNN in June. “You can’t win the presidency in the modern era if you can’t build relationships with the grassroots.”

Read the full report at Fox News.

‘NOT ON BOARD’: House Dems Debate ‘Slavery Reparations,’ 60% of Americans ‘Oppose’ the Payments

posted by Hannity Staff - 6.19.19

House Democrats will hold hearings Wednesday on potential “reparations” for the descendants of slaves living in the US despite recent polling that shows the vast majority of Americans oppose the cash payments.

“House Judiciary Democrats on Wednesday were holding a hearing in the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee on H.R. 40 — a proposal by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, to set up a commission to study and develop a response to the question of reparations for slavery,” reports Fox News.

Recent polls show that 60% of Americans oppose reparations, while just 32% support it.

The date of the hearings -June 19th– marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Texas to declare the end of the US Civil War.

“However, in a finding that could put 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in a bind, the Fox poll found that among Democratic primary voters, 54 percent said they were likely to support a candidate who backed reparations, while 33 percent said they were not likely,” adds Fox.

Nearly all Democratic presidential candidates have offered their support for a “national conversation” on the controversial issue.

Failing presidential candidate Cory Booker introduced legislation earlier this year that would create a commission to study the topic.

“This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed,” said Booker.

“Since slavery in this country, we have had overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African-Americans economically for generations,” Booker added. “Many of our bedrock domestic policies that have ushered millions of Americans into the middle class have systematically excluded blacks through practices like GI Bill discrimination and redlining.”

The issue of federal reparations has taken center stage in the 2020 Democratic primary fight in recent weeks, with top candidates -including Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren- saying new legislation is required to study the potential payments.

Read the full report at Fox News.

APOCALYPSE NOW: Bernie Says ‘Climate Change’ Bigger Threat to Americans than ‘ISIS or al Qaeda’

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.12.19

2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders told a crowd of supporters in Iowa Sunday the changing climate poses a bigger threat to Americans than international terrorism and jihadi ideology.

“Four years ago, I came here to Iowa and I was asked, ‘What’s the major national security issue we face? ISIS or al Qaeda?’ The answer that I gave in terms of national security is climate change,” Sanders told the crowd.

Sanders continued his calls for free college and universities across the USA this week; admitting the proposal may “cost a little bit of money” but ultimately asking, “So what?”

“One of the things that we’ve got to just keep doing is thinking big and not small… There’s no reason why we don’t make these colleges and universities tuition-free. Costs a little bit of money, but so what?” Sanders told a crowd of supporters.

Sanders published a list of “rights” all Americans are entitled to “regardless of income” over the weekend; demanding “decent jobs,” free healthcare, and affordable housing for everyone living in the United States.

“Every American, regardless of income, is entitled to:

The right to a decent job that pays a living wage.
The right to quality health care.
The right to a complete education.
The right to affordable housing.
The right to a clean environment.
The right to a secure retirement,” posted Sanders on social media.

Recent polling from the key primary state of New Hampshire may spell big trouble for Joe Biden, with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren making major gains months before voters head to the polls.

According to the latest survey from Suffolk University-Boston Globe, Biden leads the Democratic field with 21%, followed by Sanders at 17% and Warren at 14%.

That’s a 5% bump for both candidates since the second round of presidential debates.

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