A handful of Democratic presidential hopefuls failed to meet the minimum debate requirements this week; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown between all the top-tier candidates for the first time in the 2020 primary process.
“In a blow to their hopes of making the debate stage next month, billionaire Tom Steyer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and a number of other presidential candidates missed a chance to advance in a new poll on Monday, just two days before the cutoff,” reports NBC News.
“Ten candidates have already qualified for the ABC-sponsored Democratic debate in Houston in September, but Steyer, Gillibrand, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and author Marianne Williamson were hoping some last-minute surveys would push them across the threshold,” adds the website.
The debate rules require all candidates to poll at or above 2% in four national polls and raise money from at least 130,000 unique donors.
“The main takeaway from this poll is that the Democratic race has become volatile. Liberal voters are starting to cast about for a candidate they can identify with. Moderate voters, who have been paying less attention, seem to be expressing doubts about Biden,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. “But they are swinging more toward one of the left-leaning contenders with high name recognition rather than toward a lesser known candidate who might be more in line with them politically.”
The ten candidates who will share the stage in September are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, and Andrew Yang.
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OMAR ERUPTS AGAIN: Rep. Omar Trashes ‘Religious Fundamentalists' for Attacking ‘Rights of Women’
Embattled Rep. Ilhan Omar trashed the “Religious Right” in America Thursday night; saying “fundamentalists” were criminalizing women for simply “existing” after a handful of states passed new pro-life legislation.
“I rise today to defy the horrifying attacks happening against women’s reproductive rights all across this country,” Omar began. “Religious fundamentalists are currently trying to manipulate state laws in order to impose their beliefs on an entire society, all with complete disregard for voices and the rights of American women.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) attacks conservative people of faith on the House floor, suggests that their concern for unborn babies is not genuine and they are hypocrites pic.twitter.com/XGiWwB51GV
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“But because it’s happening here with the support of the ultra-conservative religious right, we call it religious freedom,” Omar continued. “Let’s just be honest, for the religious Right this isn’t simply about their care or concern for life. If they cared about or were concerned about children, they would be concerned about the children that are being detained and those that are dying in camps across our borders, or the children who are languishing in hunger and facing homelessness.”
The state of Alabama recently passed the strictest anti-abortion measure in the nation; making the procedure a felony that could land doctors a prison sentence of 99 years.
“The bill, known as HB314, criminalizes abortion in nearly every scenario, without any exceptions for cases of rape or incest, regardless of how far along a woman’s pregnancy is. By far the most restrictive abortion bill to emerge at the state level in recent months, it was specifically meant to initiate a legal battle that could end up before the Supreme Court — where a solid conservative majority has emerged during the Trump administration,” reports Fox News.
“The American people want a fresh debate and a new direction, achieved by consensus and built on love for both mothers and babies. The time is coming for the Supreme Court to let that debate go forward,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection,” said one state representative who supports the bill.
Read the full text of HB314 below:
This bill would make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.
This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally
culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion.
Relating to abortion; to make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother; to provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended.
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TULSI DENIED? Rep. Gabbard Slams DNC Over Debate Criteria, Urges ‘Fairness’ Going Forward
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard slammed the Democrat National Committee Friday over their criteria regarding presidential debates; saying the DNC must “adjust” the process to “ensure transparency and fairness.”
“The Gabbard campaign is calling on the DNC to hold true to their promise and make adjustments to the process now to ensure transparency and fairness,” the campaign said in written statement. “Crucial decisions on debate qualifications that impact the right of the American people to have the opportunity to participate fully in the Democratic process should not be made in secret by party bosses.”
The DNC increased the requirements to attend next month’s Democrat debates in Houston, Texas; demanding all candidates poll above 2% in four approved surveys and raise funds from at least 130,000 different donors in 20 states.
The Gabbard campaign she has reached the donor requirement but has so far received 2% in just two approved polls.
“Ten candidates have solidified their spot on stage in Texas next month: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Julián Castro (Texas) and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang,” reports the Hill.
The presidential hopefuls must reach the DNC requirements by August 28th.
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