Biden, Sanders, and Warren will release health records before Iowa

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

September 16, 2019: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren have agreed to release their medical records before the Iowa caucuses. Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally Monday in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

There are 14 new candidates running since last week, including two Democrats, three Republicans, and two Libertarians. In total, 864 individuals are currently filed with the FEC to run for president.

Notable Quote of the Day

“In modern times, presidents have felt pressure to affect a populist informality, in step with the increasing looseness of public life in general. A half century ago, college students listening to a professor like me lecturing to them from a podium would have worn coats and ties; today they surf social media. The rest of public life, including the presidency, has undergone parallel transformations.”

– David Greenberg, The Atlantic


  • The Atlantic profiled Michael Bennet‘s campaign in an article titled, “The Michael Bennet Problem.”
  • Joe BidenBernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren have agreed to release their medical records before the Iowa caucuses. The three candidates are 70 years old or older.
  • Biden spoke at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Alabama on the anniversary of the 1963 Birmingham church bombing.
  • Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who previously endorsed Julián Castro, switched his support to Biden.
  • In an interview on Recode DecodeBill de Blasio discussed antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google and his critique of universal basic income.
  • Cory Booker spoke about the state of the Democratic primary in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.
  • In an interview on Iowa PressSteve Bullock said the Democratic Party was becoming disconnected from voters in non-urban areas.
  • Pete Buttigieg is campaigning in South Carolina Monday and Tuesday.
  • John Delaney spoke about gun legislation and Democratic messaging around guns in an interview on CNN’s Smerconish.
  • Tulsi Gabbard is continuing to campaign in Iowa with town halls Monday and Tuesday.
  • Gabbard and Joe Sestak will speak at the Fallon Forum in Iowa Monday.
  • Kamala Harris attended a fundraiser in Connecticut Saturday.
  • Amy Klobuchar will launch a tour of former blue wall states Tuesday, with stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
  • Wayne Messam attended the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference.
  • Beto O’Rourke continued to advocate mandatory buybacks of certain weapons in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.
  • Tim Ryan spoke about his policy proposals and the Democratic primary debate in an interview on MSNBC’s Smerconish Saturday.
  • Sanders announced several changes to his New Hampshire state leadership team Sunday, including replacing former state director Joe Caiazzo with Shannon Jackson. Caiazzo will run Sanders’ campaign in Massachusetts. 
  • Tom Steyer spoke about his campaign, being a billionaire, and labor issues in an interview with Salon.
  • Warren issued her plan to fight corruption in politics Monday. It includes applying conflict of interest laws to the president and vice president, automatically disclosing the tax returns of federal candidates, requiring divestments from senior government officials, and banning government officials from trading individual stocks while in office.
  • In an interview on MSNBC, Marianne Williamson commented on the Democratic primary debate and the party’s ability to defeat Trump.
  • The Andrew Yang campaign said it collected 450,000 email addresses, 90 percent of which were new, in the 72 hours following Yang’s universal basic income proposal on the debate stage.


What We’re Reading

Flashback: September 16, 2015

CNN hosted the second Republican primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.