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Bernie opens up big lead in national polling. Bernie +4 while Biden drops like a rock. His support seems mostly to have gone to Bloomberg with less to Buttigieg.


For the first time in the 2020 Democratic primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took the lead in a national Quinnipiac University poll, overtaking former Vice President Joe Biden, just after the Iowa caucuses and one day ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Sanders received 25% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, with Biden at 17%. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg saw a surge in support with 15%, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 14%, former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg at 10% and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar at 4%.

The results represent a major shift in Quinnipiac polling: A Jan. 28 survey had Biden in the lead at 26%, followed by Sanders at 21%, Warren at 15%, Bloomberg at 8%, Klobuchar at 7% and Buttigieg at 6%. That poll represents results from before the Iowa caucuses, where Buttigieg and Sanders are closely in the lead pending a possible recanvassing.

While Biden once held a clear lead in Democratic voters’ perception of electability against President Donald Trump, he is now only a few points ahead of Sanders. Twenty-seven percent say Biden has the best chance of beating Trump, 24% think Sanders has the best chance, 17% Bloomberg and 9% Buttigieg. In January’s poll, 44% thought Biden had the best shot, followed by Sanders at 19% and Bloomberg at 9%.

In head-to-head matchups between Democratic candidates and Trump, however, it’s Bloomberg who held the widest lead among all registered voters of all party affiliations.

In those matchups, candidates defeated Trump with the following results:

Bloomberg at 51-42%
Sanders at 51-43%
Biden at 50-43%
Klobuchar at 49-43%
Warren at 48-44%
Buttigieg 47-43%


Would be nice to get an endorsement before SC…


After Bidens hug of Bernie and obvious dislike of Pete, I actually imagine a scenario where he drops out after nv/sc and endorses Bernie. Am I crazy?



But Buttigieg is exceptional in campaigning on a critique of progressives’ supposed indifference to deficits. And his remarks in New Hampshire Sunday affirmed dubious and dangerous ideas about the national debt. Specifically, Buttigieg suggests that Trump’s spending spree means the next Democratic president will “need to do something” about deficit reduction; that America’s rising debt-service obligations make it hard for our country to invest in infrastructure and the safety net; and that the looming threat of the next recession makes it all the more imperative for Democrats to embrace fiscal responsibility. The first two assertions fly in the face of empirical economic evidence, while Buttigieg’s third point actually underscores the hazards of endorsing deficit hawkishness.

For these reasons, Buttigieg’s assertion that our current debt obligations limit our capacity to invest in infrastructure is false, as is his suggestion that the next Democratic administration must “do something about” Trump’s deficits. His final point about the expansion’s eventual end is somewhat ambiguous. If his intention was to say that the United States would be better off forgoing giant tax cuts for the wealthy in times of expansion, so as to preserve more fiscal capacity for stimulus during the next downturn, he’d have a defensible argument in economic terms. But politically, the fact that the present expansion is likely to end at some point only underscores the irresponsibility of Buttigieg’s debt fearmongering.

Any politician who does not understand that this is the true lesson of Trump’s deficits — or else, who pretends not to understand in deference to popular prejudice — has no business being our next president.



Up-and-Coming Phenom Buttigieg and Long-Shot Candidate Buttigieg said that Sanders was admirably principled in a way that independents and Republicans respected, and implied that denouncing socialism was destructive to the long-term interests not just of the Democratic Party but of democracy itself. Presidential Contender Buttigieg says that Sanders is obnoxiously inflexible and that socialism is electorally and financially dangerous. The conduct of a campaign really can change the answer to some questions, huh?



As the actual voting in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries approached, Pete Buttigieg began running more and more as a moderate. The candidate who had advocated a radical plan to change the size of the Supreme Court and supported Medicare-for-all has of late been heaping scorn on the more ambitious policy proposals of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and offering himself as a safe, unthreatening choice who can appeal to just about anybody.

But now he has gone too far. Buttigieg is dabbling in an incredibly dangerous bit of deficit hawkery, of a kind that should give any Democrat hives. In fact, you could say he’s laying the foundation for Republicans to subvert or even destroy his presidency, should he be fortunate enough to get elected.

That’s the danger of what Buttigieg is saying right now. Maybe it makes him sound moderate or reasonable to those who don’t really understand the implications, which is most voters. But the whole country could pay the price.


T and R, Benny!! 🙂



In his final, hectic day of campaigning, Sanders, 78, has called out his surging 38-year-old rival, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, by name for fundraising from billionaires, suggesting he wouldn’t fight for working people.

But while rallying his campaign’s volunteers behind a strip mall in Nashua on his third stop of the day, Sanders reminded his most ardent supporters of that key difference.

“One of the things that differentiates our campaign from other campaigns—my friend Mr. Buttigieg and my friend Joe Biden, they have dozens and dozens of billionaires contributing to their campaign,” Sanders said while standing on a loading dock and addressing supporters wedged between a dumpster and his makeshift stage. “They have more than 40 billionaires contributing. We don’t have any billionaires!”

He reminded voters of that again later Monday in a small coffee shop in Salem that serves a Sanders-flavored brew and features a photo of him on their wall. “Pete seems to think it doesn’t matter,” he said of wealthy people contributing to Buttigieg’s campaign. “I think that is naive. Of course it matters. Everyone knows it matters.”

He stopped some of his supporters who groaned at his mention of Buttigieg, saying “No, he’s a good politician, he’s a smart guy.” He added that they only had differences of opinion on policy.



VoteVets has spent almost $1.7 million supporting Buttigieg. Brian Sheth, the co-founder and president of private equity fund Vista Equity Partners, is the group’s largest donor with a contribution of $100,000. Defense policy consultant Mathew Jones is the second highest donor at $50,000. Several PACs also donated the maximum limit of $5,000 to VoteVets, including corporate PACs that Buttigieg had pledged to not take help from. These PACs include Cigna Corp., Dell Technologies, Pfizer and Edison International.



Common Defense, a group representing progressive military veterans, announced Monday that it is issuing a co-endorsement of the presidential campaigns of Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

The group cited the two senators’ decision to sign its pledge to “end the Forever War.” The pledge calls for Congress to re-assert its authority over U.S. foreign policy and take measures to bring the country’s open-ended conflicts to a close, particularly in the Middle East. The group said the other major contenders in the Democratic presidential primary ― former Vice President Joe Biden; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) ― have not signed the pledge or met with the group’s activists to discuss it.

“Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have campaigned extensively and unapologetically on bringing our fellow troops home, and have stood up for the majority of veterans despite the skepticism and smears of the hawkish foreign policy establishment and the political media who have too often been uncritical cheerleaders of these failed wars we were sent to fight,” the group said in a statement.

Common Defense also said it was looking for presidential candidates who have a plan to enact “Medicare for All” and a Green New Deal.

Common Defense is distinct from other Democratic Party-aligned veterans groups, like VoteVets, in that it unabashedly supports the party’s progressive wing. VoteVets has endorsed Buttigieg and is blanketing the airwaves in early states with ads promoting his candidacy.

Common Defense, by contrast, measures its strength in its ability to mobilize what it estimates as 150,000 members. The endorsement ensures its New Hampshire members will know about the group’s decision ahead of the Democratic primary on Tuesday where polls show Sanders ahead.

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