19 candidates are expected to answer questions by AFSCME members and moderators Amanda Turkle and Jon Ralston.
The #AFSCMEForum today matters because public sector employees bargain with government. Our next President will heavily impact the future of front line @afscme workers and their families – from social workers to janitors- they’re counting on a leader to support them.
We’ve had two debate rounds with 20 candidates. Like having extra long lunches with the candidates, at a lengthy table with a microphone. They’re tested by the media with questions about past comments, op-eds, and whether or not it’s better to be a centrist or a progressive. Fare is broiled chicken and salads (vegan for Booker)Light conversation but at a West Wing pace. Sometimes there is strong coffee served to keep the energy going.
August is the month whereby the candidates who are currently serving in Congress don’t have to worry about committee votes, hearings, or votes on the floor. They have a month to go to county fairs in Iowa & NH, and other events in SC, NV, and CA to court potential voters. Some candidates may be spending time on Martha’s Vineyard, NAPA, Santa Barbara, or the Hamptons to meet with the wine & cheese crowds in hopes that some cash is coming their way to get ready for the dinners coming this fall.
On Real Time, Bill Maher culled all of the candidates pictures and decided which ones should be eliminated. Take a look:
On all of them, I would agree. They aren’t gaining much traction from the debates. Eric Swalwell did drop out, but I think Bullock, Steyer, and Sestek should rethink why they are in this race. Inslee doesn’t inspire people for his GND because already it has a spokesperson: AOC. Amy Klobuchar is invisible with Biden and Harris in the top tier. Seems to me Bullock would be better off running for Senate, as well as Hickenlooper, and Beto. I would also argue anyone who is polling below 5% consistently should know that the lunch dates are over.
Despite continued teeth gnashing by WaPo’s Jen Rubin, WaPo finally gave Sanders (and Warren) some sherry in their press coverage of the debates. MSNBC, which is notorious for its bias against Sanders, invited him on Morning Joe this morning, and asked him some more centrist questions. But their tone was slighty different: they were polite and more patient.
Good press pays off.
It’s interesting though that stockholder-driven media for the most part didn’t pick up on the nuances in the second debate. How Harris and Castro struck back by telling CNN their framing of the questions was from GOP talking points. Biden was indirectly laced with the GOP label, which he resented. But Joe Scarborough finally acknowledged that Sanders’ ideas have more than just spilled over into 2020 cycle: they are driving the debate. And Steve Rattner was scared s**tless.
I hope the dinners are more sober and not about the best quip. Yes, the candidates should fight for their ideas. Biden and Harris: you are on notice that the progressive wing has lots of little birdies to carry their candidates with the seeds given to them by those who want a more just government. And independent media is finally getting its due by appearing as guest contributors on cable networks and on the Hill’s Rising.
Is it already nearly the end of the month? Night one of the July debates, which are being held in Detroit and will be underway at 8pm ET.
Here’s tonight’s lineup, based on 1% polling and number of unique donors/donations accumulated:
(photo courtesy of CNN)
Author and activist Marianne Williamson
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
Gov Bullock is the newest to the plethora of those running. Rep Eric Swalwell dripped out recently due to poor polling.
The event is being hosted by CNN. For those of you who do not have cable, you can watch it streamed in CNN.com.
Tonight is a make or break for Klobuchar, Delaney, Bullock, Williamson, and Ryan.
Rules for the Debate:
Candidates will be given 60 seconds to respond to a moderator-directed question, and 30 seconds for responses and rebuttals.
Colored lights will be used to help the candidates manage their remaining response times: 15 seconds = yellow; 5 seconds = flashing red; no time remaining = solid red.
A candidate attacked by name by another candidate will be given 30 seconds to respond.
There will be no show of hands or one-word, down-the-line questions.
A candidate who consistently interrupts will have his or her time reduced. (hint to Gillibrand and Hickenlooper)
Questions posed by the moderators will appear on the bottom of the screen for television viewers.
Will more than one candidate say that Bernie’s MfA plan won’t work? Will Dana Bash question Bernie on trivial news of the day in order to trip him up? Will foreign policy, outside of the immigration/border issues with Latin America be part of the questions? And what will be the gap between the moderators’ length of question time vs the candidates” speaking time? The 99 previews the debate, moderated by Briahna Joy, Josh Miller-Lewis, and Bill Neidhardt.
If you have a couple of bucks to chip in the campaign, the donate button is on the right nav side of the screen.
See you in the comments! Bar is open, but bear in mind it is BYOD! 🙂
One night after many pundits said he acquitted himself well in the debate in Miami between himself and other 2020 Democratic Presidential hopefuls, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders arrived in Cincinnati to deliver the keynote address at the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Legacy Awards Dinner.
Sanders addressed a large local and national media contingent, which also included many members of the Ohio press.
Earlier this month, Sanders was the lone candidate to accept an invitation to speak at the gala, which is part of the NNPA’s weeklong national convention.
The NNPA is a trade organization that represents the more than 200 African American-owned newspapers and media companies throughout the country.
The organization does not endorse candidates, leaving such decisions up to its member publishers whose influence and readership comprise the nation’s largest media markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Tennessee, San Francisco, and numerous swing states around the country.
After being introduced by former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, Sanders gave an inspired 25-minute address in which he blasted President Donald Trump as a racist and a bigot and he promised that, if elected, he will work to make college tuition-free, eliminate student debt, take climate change seriously, and make every effort to level the playing field economically, educationally and in other ways that reflect his stance on social justice for African Americans and other individuals of color.
“It is absolutely imperative to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” Sanders said.
“He is a racist and a bigot,” the senator said.
Sanders said he and his wife thought long and hard before he decided to enter the race this year. Even after deciding to run, Sanders said he slept on it and almost reconsidered, but he believed it was important that he step up for the sake of all Americans, particularly the underserved.
“We are going to have to transform this nation and create an economy that works for all of us, not just the one percent,” Sanders said.
“People aren’t able to go to the doctor because they can’t afford to and if you go to a hospital, you’re afraid to get hit with a $50,000 medical bill,” he said, before promising that a Sanders Administration would work to provide medical coverage for all.
“My anger at [Trump] is not just that he wanted to take away health care for 32 million people, but his [proposed] massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and his tax cuts which …. were for the top one percent,” Sanders said.
The senator drew applause several times from the packed crowd inside the second-floor ballroom of the Westin.
He also blasted Trump for the president’s disbelief in climate change.
“It is the great existential threat of our time and this is not an issue that we have a choice about,” Sanders said.
Sanders also promised to focus his presidency on social, environmental, racial and economic justice.
“We have a president who deliberately is trying to divide America and not only do we have to defeat the worst president in the history of our country, we will have to transform this nation and create an economy for all of us and not just the one percent,” he said.
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