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I do think that if Harris is going to be questioned about her record as a prosecutor, it is fair game to question Bernie about his past record on gun control. Both now have changed their positions. We will see if the candidates or their campaigns themselves actually bring this stuff up. Biden obviously has the most skeletons in the closet.


One vote among many stood out in the 2016 primary race: his support for a 2005 bill that would give immunity to gun manufacturers against lawsuits seeking to hold them accountable for the flood of guns making their way into major cities through the black market. A significant amount of crime was being traced to a small number of gun dealers through trafficking patterns that gun control groups felt certain the manufacturers were not only aware of but exploiting to drive up gun sales. But thanks to protection from Congress, the manufacturers gained protection before having to defend themselves in court.

As he embarks on a second run for the nomination, Sanders has attempted a complete evolution on the issue. Whereas he once opposed legislation to require background checks for gun purchases, he now actively calls for universal background checks. “I’m running for president because we must end the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” he said in his address launching his campaign last month. “We need to take on the NRA, expand background checks, end the gun show loophole, and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons.”

But this time, the field of Democratic contenders is much bigger than in 2016, and it’s full of outspoken progressives. There’s little daylight between many of the candidates on top policy issues, so even a small deviation from the liberal line on a major issue could easily become fodder for Sanders’ rivals, many of whom have a stronger and more consistent record on gun control. Sanders has changed his stance, but the 2005 immunity bill he voted for is still on the books and continues to protect gunmakers. And his opponents may once again attack him for it.


If she doesn’t have to answer for her record in the primary, does anyone think that the GOP will show the same deference in a general campaign?


I have a hunch a rant is forthcoming on TYT tonight.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Since there is not a separate space for general news I will post this here

10 Personas of Trump in CPAC speech. There are videos for each of them

I saw part of the speech and it was scary.

The 10 personas of Donald Trump in a single speech



Sen. Bernie Sanders and his advisors have been meeting with potential South Carolina campaign staffers as the Vermont democratic socialist looks to pull off a win in the state’s 2020 presidential primary, four years after Hillary Clinton crushed him there, CNBC has learned.

Sanders has been pushing to firm up his support among younger and more liberal voters. According to people familiar with the process, the senator has been flying possible hires to his home in Vermont and having in-depth conversations about how they can help his operation.

The senator has been in regular contact with supporter Terry Alexander, a South Carolina state lawmaker.

Sanders plans to expand his outreach to black voters, Alexander said.

“We are going to have a lot more events in the African-American communities this time around,” Alexander, who is black, told CNBC. “I think you are going to have them more involved with the faith community, with the seniors and as a total community as a whole.”

Alexander also elaborated on Sanders’ hiring process.

“We have been looking at staff and setting up an organization here in South Carolina,” Alexander said. “We had a conversations this past Friday about how it’s going to look and how it’s going to work for him. We are trying to find people who want to win and not just those who just want to be on a campaign. It’s the question of do you want to win, and I want to win South Carolina.”

Alexander declined to name the people he has met with about joining the campaign. He also noted he could play either an official local or national role for the campaign, and a decision may be made this weekend about his position.


Bernie makes big gains in Monmouth national poll of Dem contenders!


The poll also asked registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents about their party’s nomination process. Among a possible field of 23 announced and potential contenders, former Vice President Joe Biden currently has the support of 28% of Democratic voters (similar to his 29% support in January), closely followed by Vermont’s Sanders at 25% (up from 16% in January). Other candidate support remains largely unchanged from January, including California Sen. Kamala Harris (10%), Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (8%), former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke (6%), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (5%), and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (3%). Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who announced he would not run after the poll was conducted, registers 2%. The remaining 15 names asked about in the survey receive support from no more than 1% of Democratic voters at this time.

Sanders holds onto about half (46%) of the Democrats who backed him in his 2016 run and he gets 14% of those who were with Clinton in the last nomination contest. The remainder of Sanders’s past supporters are divided among Biden (15%), Harris (8%), Warren (6%), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (4%), Klobuchar (3%), Booker (3%), and a number of other contenders.

If Biden chooses not to run, about a quarter of his support would go to Sanders, with Harris being the second beneficiary. Recalculating current Democratic support using the second choice of Biden voters gives Sanders a total of 32%, Harris 15%, Warren 10%, O’Rourke 7%, Booker 6%, and Klobuchar 3%.



The cycles of the 2020 presidential campaign are churning quickly and will continue to do so. For the past two months, the Democratic nomination contest has been about newcomers, women and the image of diversity in a new party. Suddenly, it’s about two older white men.

The spotlight has fallen on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former vice president Joe Biden. Sanders, because his entry into the race has come with more force and energy than some people had expected — and more money than anyone else. Biden, because he appears to be on the cusp of announcing his candidacy, with allies out this week removing what little suspense remains about his plans.

But there’s a bigger reason the focus has fallen on the two politicians with the longest records and years of experience. Every early poll — national and state — puts Biden and Sanders ahead of others who are in the race or are seriously thinking about running.


Pretty positive from WaPo


“I used to think you have to be pragmatic. I just don’t believe that anymore. A lot of it is because of Trump,” said Brigid McNamee, 58, a librarian at a public school in Concord who voted for Clinton over Sanders in the 2016 primary. “I am so disgusted and outraged. I’m just disgusted by all the lies and corruption. It’s mind-blowing every day what that man and his administration are doing.”

McNamee swept her arm through the air as if she were pushing all the plates off a table onto the ground. She recently saw Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speak at a meet-and-greet. He was nice and impressive, but she concluded his approach is insufficiently bold to heal the national wounds opened by Trump.

“I’m a more moderate person, but I feel compelled to support a revolution now because of him,” she said. “It’s got to be a revolution. That’s the only way.”

After watching Sanders speak for an hour in a Concord ballroom, her husband agreed. “You can’t brush your teeth too many times a day to get rid of this [Trump] taste,” said John King, 79, a retired teacher who also backed Clinton over Sanders last time. “The important thing to remember is this country was born in a revolution, and we need another one now. This time you don’t need muskets. You need ballots.”

Kimberly Pudlo-Schirmer voted for Clinton in the 2016 primary because she wanted to break the ultimate glass ceiling and elect a woman as president. She wore an “I’m with her” sweatshirt to Sanders’s afternoon rally at a Courtyard Marriott near the State Capitol in Concord. But the 50-year-old said she won’t vote for any of the women seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020. “I’m one of the ‘hindsight is 20/20’ people,” she said. “I’m definitely going to vote for Bernie. I do like them all, but the only one I see who really understands the middle class is Sanders.”

Pudlo-Schirmer said her job as a paramedic and her husband’s ongoing fight against lupus have given her a firsthand window into the dysfunctional health-care system. Her thinking has changed in recent years, and she now believes the only tenable solution is Medicare-for-all. “There’s a lot of really fractured stuff I see,” the resident of Northwood said. “This would give a lot of people hope.”

Mark King, a Democratic state representative from Nashua who volunteered for Sanders in 2016, said he was pleasantly surprised by how many fresh faces he saw on Sunday who weren’t involved before. “I knocked doors for Barack Obama for a couple cycles, and this is different,” said King, 56. “This is conceptually different. We’re building a movement. It’s truly beautiful.”



Agree that the headline is bs AND that these candidates are a nuisance if not a downright problem.




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