June 5, 2019: Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Beto O’Rourke made major policy proposals on climate change, housing, and voting access, respectively.
Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.
“Of course, past Democratic presidential primaries are littered with failed candidates who appealed to liberal elites — Paul Tsongas in 1992, Bill Bradley in 2000 and Howard Dean in 2004. Swiss cheese-eating John Kerry managed to clinch the nomination in 2004, only to fall to regular guy George W. Bush in the general.
But in a crowded primary, winning the well-educated lane would be no minor feat. Indeed, behind the enthusiastic wonkery of Warren and Buttigieg is a clear-eyed political calculation. Highly educated voters tend to be more politically active and more likely to donate money to candidates. They also turn out to vote at higher rates than other constituencies.”
– Daniel Strauss, Politico politics reporter
- Thirteen Democratic candidates submitted video messages to the American Jewish Committee’s 2019 Global Forum on issues ranging from anti-Semitism to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- Atlantic Monthly Press released Michael Bennet’s The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics Tuesday. Bennet tweeted, “This isn’t a memoir. I couldn’t bear to read such a thing, much less expect you to. It’s my diagnosis of what’s broken in Washington and how we can come together to fix it.”
- Joe Biden’s national finance committee has four tiers for bundlers raising $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, or a monthly target of $100 from 10 unique contributors each month.
- The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council endorsed Bill de Blasio Wednesday and will send members to campaign for him in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, and Nevada.
- Cory Booker released his housing platform Wednesday, which would include a tax credit for renters filling the gap between 30 percent of the renter’s income and fair-market rent in their neighborhood.
- Steve Bullock wrote an op-ed in The Des Moines Register about his opposition to Citizens United.
- During a panel discussion in South Bend, Indiana, about access to capital, Pete Buttigieg said the local use of community development financial institutions could be one example of reparations.
- In an interview on The Michael Smerconish Program, John Delaney discussed the negative reception he received at the California Democratic Party Convention when he said universal healthcare should include an option for private health insurance.
- Kirsten Gillibrand is participating in a discussion at The Wing SoHo in New York City with Gloria Steinem.
- Mike Gravel tweeted about Islamophobia and Israel: “We need a foreign policy that sees Jews and Muslims as equal citizens in Israel, and is willing to find a path to peace without condoning land grabs by Netanyahu. We need to stop funding the slaughter of Muslims in Yemen. And we need to end FBI domestic surveillance of Muslims.”
- Kamala Harris will campaign in Alabama and South Carolina over the weekend with a stop in Birmingham Friday.
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Jay Inslee’s climate platform the “gold standard climate plan that we have right now.” She has not yet endorsed any presidential candidate.
- Amy Klobuchar said that former special counsel Robert Mueller should testify in a House committing hearing.
- Wayne Messam appeared in a radio segment on Miami’s 99Jamz.
- Seth Moulton posted a series of 27 tweets on racism in the United States, mentioning Trump in a third of them.
- Beto O’Rourke released his voting access platform, calling for automatic and same-day registration, expanded early voting, and making Election Day national holiday. The plan would also limit Supreme Court justices tenure on that court to 18 years.
- Bernie Sanders will speak at the Walmart annual shareholders meeting in Arkansas and propose a minimum wage of $15/hour for the company.
- In an interview on The View, Eric Swalwell discussed gun violence in schools and his plan to “ban and buy back every single assault weapon in America.”
- During a town hall in Detroit, Elizabeth Warren announced her $2 trillion plan to create a clean energy economy. She would spend $1.5 trillion over a decade to develop and spread clean energy technology, create a National Institute of Clean Energy, and market clean energy products to other countries.
- Marianne Williamson joined marchers protesting immigration policies in Manchester, New Hampshire.
- The Trump administration ended cruise travel to Cuba, banning both cruise ships and educational travel programs.
What We’re Reading
- CNN: Rumblings from Trump’s base could shape Democrats’ choice for 2020
- Jefferson Public Radio: Four Undecided California Democrats Explain What They Want In A Presidential Candidate
- Politico: The first post-9/11 vets are running for president. Do voters care?
Flashback: June 5, 2015
The Washington Post reported that Ben Carson’s campaign chairman, national finance chairman, deputy campaign manager, and general counsel had resigned.