Democratic Party

Campaigning from behind: Lower-tier 2020ers seek comeback

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — As her campaign bus trundled along Interstate 80 toward the Michigan-Ohio border, Kirsten Gillibrand was offering wedding planning advice to one of her presidential campaign staffers who recently got engaged.

Jul. 20, 2019 7:38 AM EDT
Trump effect the top question in Virginia's key elections

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump has been very good for Virginia Democrats.Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in the state House two years ago.

Jul. 19, 2019 1:33 AM EDT
2020 hopeful Warren pitches new private equity constraints

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren is proposing new regulations on the private equity industry, pitching constraints designed to end what she decries as "legalized looting" by investment firms that take over troubled companies.

Jul. 18, 2019 9:15 AM EDT
Florida Democrats complain of Trump 'ballot bias' in 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Still reeling from a string of high-profile razor-thin election losses in Florida, national Democrats are asking a federal judge to discard a longstanding state law that reserves the top slot of next year's presidential ballot for the party of the state's governor.

Jul. 16, 2019 7:33 PM EDT
Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model.

Jul. 16, 2019 2:23 AM EDT
In Buttigieg and Biden, Dems confront generational divide

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Amy McInerney at first saw Joe Biden as Democrats' best hope to beat President Donald Trump — an experienced politician with the potential to peel off some of Trump's working-class supporters.

Jul. 15, 2019 8:21 AM EDT
Biden campaigns as Obamacare's top defender

Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending Obamacare, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model.

Jul. 14, 2019 9:51 PM EDT
Tom Steyer launches 2020 campaign after saying he wouldn't

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and activist, said Tuesday he's joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this year that he would forgo a run.

Jul. 9, 2019 9:41 PM EDT
Warren raises $19.1M, topping Sanders in new fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in the second quarter, her campaign said Monday, cementing her status in the top tier of Democratic presidential contenders and surpassing Bernie Sanders, her main liberal rival.

Jul. 8, 2019 7:30 PM EDT
A matter of faith: Democrats embrace religion in campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith.

Jul. 7, 2019 6:08 AM EDT
2020 Democrats see opportunity on foreign policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the leading Democrats in the 2020 presidential contest are working to strengthen their foreign policy bona fides, eager to address their own inexperience on national security matters and draw a contrast with President Donald Trump's unpredictable approach to trouble spots overseas.

Jul. 5, 2019 2:44 PM EDT
Dem debates fuel race for support from Black Caucus members

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris called twice.In her first conversation with Rep. Bobby Rush, a veteran member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Harris was explicit about what she wanted: his endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary.

Jul. 3, 2019 6:31 PM EDT
On edge: 2020 Dems face prospect of being cut from debates

MIAMI (AP) — The largest presidential field in modern Democratic politics could quickly shrink as more than half of the contenders are in real danger of failing to meet tougher requirements to participate in the fall round of debates.

Jul. 1, 2019 5:55 AM EDT
Analysis: Biden's viability, party's future face questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic Party is in no mood for a coronation.Joe Biden stepped onto the debate stage Thursday night as a front runner by default more than depth of support, and walked away with a more fragile standing atop the sprawling Democratic field.

Jun. 28, 2019 7:00 PM EDT
Senate GOP leader relishes role as 'Grim Reaper'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls himself the Grim Reaper — the one who holds the scythe leading to the chamber where the desires of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House majority go to die.

Jun. 28, 2019 6:42 PM EDT
Rivals target Biden as Democrats' rifts emerge on age, race

MIAMI (AP) — Democratic divisions over race, age and ideology burst into public view in Thursday night's presidential debate, punctuated by a heated exchange between former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen.

Jun. 28, 2019 1:39 PM EDT
Correction: Election 2020-Debate story

MIAMI (AP) — In a story June 27 about the Democratic presidential debate, The Associated Press reported erroneously in some versions that former Vice President Joe Biden worked with Republican segregationist senators.

Jun. 28, 2019 1:29 PM EDT
Trump jokes about election meddling with Putin

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — With a smirk and a finger point, President Donald Trump dryly told Russia's Vladimir Putin "Don't meddle in the election" in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded that Moscow extensively interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jun. 28, 2019 12:49 PM EDT
New ruling puts high court overhaul back on 2020 Dems' radar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thursday's Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering reignited calls from progressives for overhauling the high court, putting new pressure on Democratic presidential hopefuls during their first nationwide debates.

Jun. 27, 2019 10:50 PM EDT
Democrats hope Mueller testimony will have 'profound impact'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he expects special counsel Robert Mueller to have "a profound impact" when he testifies before Congress on July 17, even though Mueller has said he won't provide any new information.

Jun. 26, 2019 4:08 PM EDT
'May the best woman win:' Record number in Democratic field

MIAMI (AP) — The Democratic presidential candidates taking the stage to kick off the primary debates include more women than ever before, six contenders challenging assumptions that voters and pundits may have about what presidential leadership looks like.

Jun. 26, 2019 3:39 PM EDT
Pence launches 'Latinos for Trump' coalition

MIAMI (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told a Latino crowd Tuesday that President Trump has been "a great champion of Latino and Hispanic Americans," touting the president's economic policies while warning Democrats want to bring socialism to America.

Jun. 25, 2019 1:57 PM EDT
High stakes for NBC News ahead of 2-night Democratic debate

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't envy NBC News executive Rashida Jones, who is behind this week's inaugural Democratic presidential debate and will have to juggle 20 candidates, five news personalities and, it's likely, one tweeting president.

Jun. 25, 2019 10:23 AM EDT
TAKEAWAYS: In South Carolina, a new Democratic landscape

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty-two Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina this weekend along with the brightest of political spotlights trained on the party in the South's first primary state.

Jun. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT