Gillibrand is fifth Democrat this month to suspend presidential campaign


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August 29, 2019: Kirsten Gillibrand suspended her presidential campaign. Ten candidates have qualified for the third Democratic presidential primary debate in September.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“Donald Trump is in general election mode while we’re still in primary mode. We see it in Ohio. He’s absolutely carpet-bombing Ohio online. We’re doing our best to respond.”

– David Pepper, Ohio Democratic Party chair


  • Ten candidates have qualified for the third Democratic presidential primary debatein Houston, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2019: Joe BidenCory BookerPete ButtigiegJulián CastroKamala HarrisAmy KlobucharBeto O’RourkeBernie SandersElizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.

  • Michael Bennet campaign adviser Craig Hughes sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee asking a series of questions about the debate criteria, including why some polling organizations were excluded as qualifiers and why information about future debate requirements had not yet been released.

  • Biden is finishing his two-day tour of South Carolina Thursday.

  • The Police Benevolent Association, which represents the New York City Police Department, voted no confidence in Bill de Blasio and called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remove him.

  • Booker will campaign in Oklahoma Thursday.

  • Castro will be in Columbia, South Carolina, attending a roundtable on gun violence Thursday.

  • Tulsi Gabbard criticized the debate criteria in an interview on FOX News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand suspended her presidential campaign Wednesday. She discussed her decision in an interview with The New York Times.

  • Harris posted a digital ad about her Iowa bus tour as part of a six-figure advertising campaign in the state.

  • Klobuchar spoke about gun violence policy Wednesday during a speech at the Nevada State AFL-CIO Convention.

  • Tim Ryan discussed labor, trauma, and mindfulness in an interview with Lion’s Roar.

  • Tom Steyer hired several new top staffers, including Abdul Henderson as deputy campaign manager for battleground states, Doug Rubin as senior adviser, and Jenna Narayanan as a senior finance adviser.

  • Marianne Williamson is campaigning in South Carolina Thursday.


  • Donald Trump announced that he will make his first reelection campaign trip to the Bay Area on Sept. 17. Mike Pence spoke at the American Legion’s national convention in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

  • In an interview with VoxBill Weld discussed his fiscal and climate policies as differences between him and Trump.

Flashback: August 29, 2015

Donald Trump campaigned in Nashville, Tennessee, where he won a presidential straw poll and spoke at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.