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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
2020 candidate Buttigieg makes hires in Iowa, New Hampshire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has hired four staffers in Iowa and three in New Hampshire as he works to build on the momentum his campaign has seen in recent weeks.

May. 6, 2019 4:22 PM EDT
Buttigieg acknowledges work needed to appeal to black voters

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Continuing his outreach to African American voters, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg acknowledged Sunday that he needs to do more work to connect with the community, particularly in the early-voting state of South Carolina.

May. 5, 2019 7:00 PM EDT
The Latest: Biden expects Trump attacks on him and family

The Latest on the Democratic candidates running for president (all times EDT):9 p.m.Former Vice President Joe Biden is making his foreign policy experience a primary selling point to top donors to his presidential campaign.

May. 5, 2019 6:26 AM EDT
2020 campaign staffers being trained to handle cyber threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — While candidates were focused on campaigning in 2016, Russians were carrying out a devastating cyber operation that changed the landscape of American politics, with aftershocks continuing well into Donald Trump's presidency.

May. 3, 2019 11:56 AM EDT
Kamala Harris aims to regain spotlight in crowded 2020 field

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris found her way back to the spotlight this week.The Democratic presidential candidate and California senator won praise from liberals for seemingly stumping Attorney General William Barr during a contentious hearing over special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

May. 2, 2019 6:26 PM EDT
Biden's rise tests Trump plan of casting foes as socialists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may want to cast his potential Democratic rivals as a band of angry socialists, but Joe Biden is not cooperating with Trump's reelection strategy, and that's giving the president growing unease.

May. 1, 2019 9:49 PM EDT
Democrats face setbacks in recruiting top Senate candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams' announcement that she would pass up a U.

May. 1, 2019 11:30 AM EDT
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams won't run for Senate in 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says she will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020, dimming her party's hopes of a Senate majority and renewing speculation about her political future after last year's unsuccessful run for governor catapulted her to national acclaim.

Apr. 30, 2019 1:20 PM EDT
Biden says Trump abused his office, ignored most Americans

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of abusing the powers of his office and ignoring everyone but his political base Monday in his first public rally as presidential candidate, arguing in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania that strengthening unions and promoting social and economic unity can restore Democrats to the White House.

Apr. 29, 2019 7:42 PM EDT
Beto O'Rourke unveils climate plan with Yosemite as backdrop

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has announced his first major policy initiative, a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change that he says will keep the Earth from sliding past the point of no return in less than a generation.

Apr. 29, 2019 3:15 PM EDT
Biden enters Democratic race with strong anti-Trump theme

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake, former Vice President Joe Biden pushed into the crowded 2020 presidential contest and quickly sparked a fierce debate over the direction of the modern-day Democratic Party.

Apr. 26, 2019 6:11 AM EDT
Some women of color frustrated by Biden's presidential bid

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden's decision to enter the Democratic presidential race is causing consternation among some Democrats, particularly women of color, who have been hoping for a nominee who better reflects the nation's diversity.

Apr. 25, 2019 7:14 PM EDT
Castro's sluggish 2020 start tests strategy for high office

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Julián Castro's run for president followed a fast rise in the Democratic Party: a big-city Latino mayor of San Antonio at age 34, an Obama Cabinet member and a contender for Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016.

Apr. 24, 2019 5:26 AM EDT
2020 Democrats clash over impeachment, felons' right to vote

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump's impeachment as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time town hall meetings that exposed deep divisions in a party desperate to end the Trump presidency.

Apr. 23, 2019 10:15 AM EDT
The Latest: Buttigieg: It's clear Trump deserves impeachment

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local):MidnightSouth Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says President Donald Trump has "made it pretty clear that he deserves impeachment," but he will "leave it to the House and Senate to figure that out.

Apr. 23, 2019 9:55 AM EDT
House chairman issues subpoena to former White House lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House chairman subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn as Democratic leaders moved to deepen their investigation of President Donald Trump while bottling up talk among their rank-and-file of impeaching him.

Apr. 23, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

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