August 23, 2019: Seth Moulton becomes sixth notable Democrat to suspend his presidential campaign. More than a dozen 2020 Democrats are in California for the party’s summer meeting. Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate change plan.
Each Friday, we’ll highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.
Heather Hargreaves is a staffer with experience managing the NextGen America issue group, which Steyer founded. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and political science in 2003.
Previous campaign work:
- 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, field organizer and Campaign for Change Nevada director
- 2006 Steve Westly California gubernatorial campaign, field director
- 2017-2019: NextGen America, executive vice president and executive director
- 2015-2017: NextGen Climate, national advocacy director and national program vice president
- 2010-2015: Mercury Public Affairs, vice president
- 2009-2010: Alliance for Climate Protection, deputy field director
What she says about Steyer:
“Tom is the only candidate with the experience to call out Trump as a fraud, beat him on the economy, and start putting the American people before corporations.”
Notable Quote of the Day
“Governors’ mansions are no longer an obvious stepping stone to the White House. Modern presidential campaigns require name ID, a broad donor base and national platform — none of which you get by being a successful small state governor. Governors have executive experience and outsider credentials that look great on paper, but it’s really hard to translate that into nationwide support in modern politics.”
– Alex Conant, Republican strategist
- Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Joe Sestak, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang are attending the summer meeting of the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. The event is running from Thursday through Saturday.
- Joe Biden hired pastor Michael McClain to be his campaign’s faith outreach director. Biden will campaign in New Hampshire Friday and Saturday. Rep. Lou Carrea (Calif.) also endorsed Biden Thursday.
- CNN will host two town halls with Bill de Blasio and Steve Bullock Sunday. Ana Cabrera will moderate de Blasio’s town hall and Alisyn Camerota will moderate Bullock’s event.
- Pete Buttigieg will spend three days in New Hampshire with stops in Merrimack and Nashua Friday. He also unveiled a $300 billion plan to address mental health policy and the opioid crisis.
- John Delaney did not rule out a possible gubernatorial run in Maryland Thursday. “I’ve always believed in the Lincoln expression, which is, ‘You can only paddle to the next bend in the river.’ And so, I’m just paddling towards this bend,” Delaney said.
- Tulsi Gabbard was the inaugural interviewee for Rolling Stone’s new podcast, Useful Idiots. She discussed the 2018 Hawaii false missile alert and Syria.
- Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted that she had 115,000 donors, making her 15,000 donors away from the grassroots fundraising threshold for the September and October debates.
- Klobuchar will campaign in New Hampshire Sunday and Monday.
- Seth Moulton suspended his presidential campaign Friday. “I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders, and really it’s a debate about how far left the party should go,” he said in an interview with The New York Times.
- Beto O’Rourke released his “21st Century Labor Contract,” calling for a $15 federal minimum wage, guaranteed collective bargaining rights, raising the overtime pay threshold to $50,000, and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.
- Sanders issued a $16.3 trillion climate change plan that would seek to reduce carbon emissions by 71 percent by 2030 and transition the U.S. to 100 percent renewable electricity.
- The Donald Trump campaign announced its Iowa leadership team Thursday with Gov. Kim Reynolds and Chuck Grassley as honorary state chairs, Carly Miller as state director, and Stephanie Alexander as regional political director.
What We’re Reading
Flashback: August 23, 2015
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won their respective party’s Cast Your Kernel poll at the Iowa State Fair.