The Daily Presidential News Briefing: Gillibrand crosses 65,000-donors threshold for first debate

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June 11, 2019: Kirsten Gillibrand crossed 65,000 donors to effectively guarantee her a spot on the debate stage. Donald Trump discussed tariffs in an interview on CNBC.

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Trivia Tuesday

George Washington aside, which non-incumbent presidential candidate won the highest share of the Electoral College vote?

Notable Quotes of the Day
“Despite the conventional wisdom, which holds that abortion only motivates voters on the right, history suggests otherwise: boldly supporting a woman’s right to legal abortion is a winning strategy for Democrats on the road to the White House.

When the issue of abortion is activated during a presidential campaign – like it was in 1992 and 2012 – it results in big wins for Democrats.”

– Nancy L. CohenThe Guardian contributor

“If Biden had stuck with his opposition to taxpayer funding [of abortions] and won the nomination, he might have been able to draw a contrast between his own moderation and the Republicans’ extremism. But the Democrats have now drawn more attention than ever before to a question where they’re the ones who want a big change in abortion policy that most people oppose.”

– Ramesh Ponnuru, American Enterprise Institute visiting fellow


  • The lottery to determine the candidate order on stage in the first debate will take place on June 14 at NBC’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. NBC also announced the debate will have five moderators. Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, and José Diaz-Balart will moderate the first hour and Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow will moderate the second.

  • The Democratic National Committee announced that the Fox Theatre in Detroit will be the venue for the second debate in July. CNN will host the event.

  • Joe BidenSteve Bullock, and Beto O’Rourke are campaigning and fundraising in Chicago, Illinois, this week.

  • Bill de Blasio released a video supporting driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status, for safety.

  • Pete Buttigieg will deliver a major national security and foreign policy address at Indiana University Tuesday morning.

  • Nicole Avant, who helped bundle at least $800,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, is backing Buttigieg’s campaign.

  • Julián Castro proposed launching a presidential task force on lead poisoningand allocating $5 billion per year for a decade to replace lead pipes and address contamination.

  • New York Magazine profiled Tulsi Gabbard’s early years and its impact on her presidential campaign.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand announced she had crossed 65,000 unique donors over the weekend, effectively guaranteeing her a spot in the debate.

  • In an interview on CBS News’ Red & BlueMike Gravel discussed the organization of his campaign and the state of progressive policies in the Democratic Party.

  • Kamala Harris held a town hall in Dubuque, Iowa, Monday.

  • KIMT News 3 interviewed John Hickenlooper about his opposition to socialism and support for civility in politics.

  • Jay Inslee posted three billboards in Des Moines, Iowa, calling on an energy company to stop burning coal for energy production.

  • Amy Klobuchar campaigned in New Hampshire Monday, including speaking at the Politics & Eggs event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

  • Seth Moulton campaigned in Manchester, New Hampshire, and told reporters he expected to focus on the state over the summer.

  • Tim Ryan met with farmers and small business owners while campaigning in New Hampshire.

  • Eric Swalwell will hold a roundtable on gun violence in Las Vegas, Nevada, Wednesday.

  • Elizabeth Warren called on the Justice Department’s antitrust chief Makan Delrahim to recuse himself from investigations into Google and Apple, which he previously lobbied for.

  • In an interview on MSNBC’s The Beat, Marianne Williamson spoke about American values and her relationship with Oprah.

  • The Washington Post profiled Andrew Yang’s viral campaign in an article titled, “Random Man Runs for President.”


Flashback: June 11, 2015

During an event at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Carly Fiorina delivered what she called the first major speech in the 2016 presidential election “on the state of women in America.” She called for conservatives to reclaim the word feminism.