Seven Dems discuss climate change during first day of Georgetown forum

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September 19, 2019: Seven Democratic presidential candidates will speak at the first day of Georgetown’s presidential candidate forum on climate change. Cory Booker issued his labor policy plan.

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Notable Quotes of the Day

“I have not had one conversation of even small concern over these three [Republican challengers]. Not even a hint and I’m talking about five to 20 text emails or phone conversations a day with the R.N.C. and the Trump campaign.”

– Jeff Kaufmann, Iowa Republican Party chairman

“They are talented and will weaken President Trump and I am hopeful there will be more that enter the race.”

– Anthony Scaramucci, former Trump White House communications director


  • Michael BennetJulián CastroJohn DelaneyTim RyanBernie SandersMarianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang will speak at the first day of Georgetown’s presidential candidate forum on climate change Thursday. The event will be streamed live on NBC News Nows and Telemundo.

  • Joe Biden will campaign in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday.

  • Cory Booker issued his labor policy plan on Wednesday. It calls for strengthening collective bargaining, addressing worker misclassification issues, and using new models for organizing like sectoral bargaining. 

  • Steve Bullock will begin a three-day tour of Iowa Friday.

  • Pete Buttigieg wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post presenting his proposal for “Medicare for All Who Want It.”

  • Castro issued his housing plan on Wednesday with a focus on addressing rental affordability, aligning housing policy with climate policy, and increasing homeownership.

  • In an interview on Fox News’ Your WorldTulsi Gabbard continued to criticize the Trump administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia Wednesday.

  • Kamala Harris is planning to increase her presence in Iowa, according to a Politico report. The effort will include weekly visits to the state and doubling her ground operation, which currently has 65 staff members.

  • Amy Klobuchar will campaign in Detroit and Milwaukee Thursday.

  • In his marijuana legalization plan released Thursday, Beto O’Rourke proposed using clemency power to release people incarcerated for marijuana possession and funding “Drug War Justice Grants” through a tax on the marijuana industry.

  • The Sanders campaign confirmed Wednesday that Iowa political director Jess Mazour had departed the campaign.

  • Joe Sestak discussed Afghanistan and negotiations with the Taliban while campaigning in Iowa Wednesday.

  • Tom Steyer released a new ad in Iowa that criticizes the Trump administration’s ethanol policy.

  • Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald endorsed Elizabeth Warren Wednesday.


Flashback: September 19, 2015

Black Lives Matter announced that it would not endorse any candidate in the 2016 presidential election.