Democratic Party

Governors still in the shadows of Democrats' 2020 campaign

Being a governor isn't what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics.Three Western executives are learning that the hard way in a crowded Democratic scramble dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden and a gaggle of nationally known senators.

Jun. 14, 2019 11:54 PM EDT
Dems assail Trump on being open to foreign election help

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's assertion that he would be open to accepting a foreign power's help in his 2020 campaign ricocheted through Washington on Thursday, with Democrats condemning it as a call for further election interference and Republicans struggling to defend his comments.

Jun. 13, 2019 10:53 PM EDT
Sanders bills democratic socialism as boon for working class

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders on Wednesday mounted a strong defense of democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career, even as Republicans and some of his Democratic presidential opponents have seized on it to brand him as too radical.

Jun. 12, 2019 4:05 PM EDT
Lots of surprises but no clear message from Virginia primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's off-year elections later this year — when 140 legislative seats and partisan control of the Legislature is up for grabs — may signal what the rest of the country's mood will be in 2020.

Jun. 12, 2019 2:57 AM EDT
Trump and Biden head to Iowa in a potential 2020 preview

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of jabbing each other from afar, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will overlap Tuesday in Iowa, a state that's critical to their political futures.

Jun. 11, 2019 10:08 AM EDT
Progressives out to oust '20 House Dems try to focus fervor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists hoping to defeat House Democrats in next year's primary elections with more progressive and diverse challengers are assessing how to cope with unintended consequences of their 2018 success, even as they hunt for their next Rep.

Jun. 10, 2019 9:12 AM EDT
Front-runner Biden is campaigning for president on his terms

Just six weeks into his presidential campaign, Joe Biden is running as the Democrat to beat, charting a distinct path through the primary states, taking positions that may rile the party base and working with a single goal in mind: not being lumped in with the rest of the field.

Jun. 6, 2019 12:14 AM EDT
In Michigan, Warren touts plan to boost US manufacturing

DETROIT (AP) — Elizabeth Warren launched her first tour of Michigan as a Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday with a proposal to boost domestic manufacturing, including the creation of a Cabinet-level department charged with "creating and defending" American jobs.

Jun. 4, 2019 2:11 PM EDT
Biden declares LGBTQ rights his No. 1 legislative priority

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declared Saturday that the Equality Act would be his top legislative priority, an effort to enshrine LGBTQ protections into the nation's labor and civil rights laws.

Jun. 2, 2019 12:58 AM EDT
Democratic presidential hopefuls to woo California activists

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls flocked to California on Saturday for the chance to make their cases to thousands of activists in the nation's largest liberal stronghold during a three-day gathering of the state party.

Jun. 1, 2019 4:01 PM EDT
Sanders, Harris seek Hispanic votes at California forum

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris dueled Friday over Hispanic votes in California, a central front in the nation's immigration battle where Latinos represent the state's largest ethnic group.

May. 31, 2019 9:58 PM EDT
California Dems in crisis as presidential hopefuls descend

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When 14 Democrats running for president descend on San Francisco this weekend to woo activists in the state that brands itself as the nation's most liberal, they'll be walking straight into a party in crisis as it attempts to move past a #MeToo firestorm involving its former chairman.

May. 31, 2019 1:58 AM EDT
Bernie Sanders defends his support for Clinton in 2016

HENDERSON, Nevada (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Thursday defended his efforts to support his party's presidential nominee in 2016 and said he would do the same in 2020 if he doesn't win the nomination himself.

May. 30, 2019 5:17 PM EDT
Trailing candidates angry over new Democratic debate rules

Frustration over how the Democratic National Committee is managing the upcoming presidential debates is bursting into the open as several longshot candidates say the party is stacking the process against them.

May. 30, 2019 1:09 PM EDT
Democrats' 2020 policy blitz largely lacking on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming , curb gun violence , offer universal health care coverage , slash student debt and preserve abortion rights .

May. 30, 2019 9:36 AM EDT
State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say.

May. 25, 2019 3:52 PM EDT
Biden rejects Democrats' anger in call for national unity

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump's presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee.

May. 19, 2019 6:11 AM EDT
Dem group says Trump weak on economy in 2020 battlegrounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest outside Democratic group said Friday that the key to defeating Donald Trump is to focus on pocketbook issues and not fall prey to the president's efforts to tag the party as a band of socialists.

May. 17, 2019 2:39 PM EDT
NYC Mayor de Blasio announces candidacy, insults 'Con Don'

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to an already long list of candidates itching for a chance to take on Donald Trump.

May. 16, 2019 2:22 PM EDT
Montana Gov. Bullock joins 2020 Democratic presidential race

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field's only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016.

May. 14, 2019 8:05 PM EDT
House GOP seeks women, fresh faces for 2020 challengers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are searching district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and political newcomers in many cases — to help them recapture the House, six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control with the most diverse majority in history.

May. 13, 2019 12:53 PM EDT
Trump says voters don't care about his personal tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is scoffing at Democrats' attempts to pry loose his tax returns, saying his refusal to release the records as a candidate didn't hurt him in 2016 and voters "didn't care" about the issue.

May. 11, 2019 3:02 PM EDT
Risky politics? Trump wields his tariffs as a weapon at home

NEW YORK (AP) — His trade war already raging worldwide, President Donald Trump on Friday brandished his aggressive actions as a political weapon at home, too, casting himself as a fighter for American workers and scorning his chief Democratic rivals as weak.

May. 10, 2019 5:43 PM EDT