May 21, 2019: Michael Bennet released his land management-focused climate change proposal. Libertarians call on Justin Amash to leave the Republican Party and run for president.
Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.
What was the first presidential election where candidates were nominated at party conventions?
“You have to air these things [White House policy proposals] now. Democrats are taking up all this space because you have so many of them. We have to offer all our plans earlier because the Democrats are otherwise going to be given free rein.”
– Brad Blakeman, former George W. Bush administration senior staffer
- Michael Bennet released his $1 trillion climate change platform focused on land management and agriculture Monday. He called for investing in biofuels, reaching 100% net zero emissions by 2050, and conserving roughly one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory.
- CNN announced it will hold four more town halls in late May and early June with Bennet, Seth Moulton, Tim Ryan, and Eric Swalwell.
- Joe Biden campaigned in Nashville, Tennessee, where he framed his campaign as an effort to restore the soul of America.
- Bill de Blasio discussed his presidential campaign and Trump on CNN’s New Day.
- Steve Bullock said he could win in red states and that Citizens United was preventing Washington, D.C., from working properly.
- Pete Buttigieg held a fundraiser at Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida, Monday.
- KUT News profiled Julián Castro and his “People First” immigration platform.
- The Independent Journal Review launched its new “The 2020 Twenty” series by asking John Delaney 20 questions about his policy priorities, North Korea, marijuana, artificial intelligence, and other issues.
- Tulsi Gabbard continued to criticize the Trump administration on its Iran policy and said she had not seen sufficient intelligence information on a potential threat.
- Kirsten Gillibrand discussed abortion access during an interview on The Daily Show Monday night.
- Forward profiled David Oks, the high school senior managing Mike Gravel’s campaign.
- Kamala Harris said she believed fatal police shootings and alleged police brutality incidents should have independent investigations, marking a shift from her previous opposition to taking investigatory discretion from district attorneys.
- John Hickenlooper gave his first foreign policy speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Monday, where he discussed U.S. relations with China, Russia, Syria, Venezuela, and North Korea. He said he would use an “activist, not a pacifist” approach to foreign policy.
- Jay Inslee explained how a public healthcare option will work in Washington in an interview with Vox.
- Amy Klobuchar discussed Alzheimer’s disease research and caregiving and shared her experience of having a parent in a memory care community.
- Wayne Messam will campaign in New Hampshire Tuesday, holding a meet and greet with the New Hampshire Young Democrats.
- Beto O’Rourke said he would participate in a town hall on Fox News. He is scheduled to appear in a CNN town hall Tuesday from Iowa.
- The New York Times profiled Bernie Sanders and his time as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont.
- Elizabeth Warren joined Inslee in calling for a debate focused entirely on climate change.
- Marianne Williamson discussed abortion and moral leadership in the White House on ABC News’ The Briefing Room and Bloomberg’s Balance of Power.
- Andrew Yang will join SEIU Local 199 President Cathy Gleeson at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday.
- Donald Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania to support Fred Keller (R) against Marc Friedenberg (D) in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. While discussing the 2020 election, Trump focused on Pennsylvania-born Joe Biden, saying he deserted the state by representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate.
- Bill Weld will speak at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Massachusetts about his presidential campaign.
On the Cusp: Tracking Potential Candidates
- Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark said there was an organized recruitment effort to encourage Justin Amash to switch to the Libertarian Party and run for president after Amash became the first Republican to say he supported impeachment proceedings against Trump based on the Mueller report.
What We’re Reading
- New Hampshire Public Radio: Tired of Campaign ‘Manipulation’ N.H. Voters Get Trained in the Art of the Bird Dog
- Politico: Media tries to avoid 2016 mistakes with massive 2020 field
- Vox: Bernie Sanders is challenging two cherished theories of electability
Flashback: May 21, 2015
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Donald Trump discussed Chinese currency manipulation and said he would not cut Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security.