Gabbard says Clinton behind attacks on campaign



Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News BriefingOctober 21, 2019: Beto O’Rourke completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. Tulsi Gabbard said Hillary Clinton was behind a campaign to destroy her reputation.        

There are four new candidates running since last week, including one Democrat. In total, 904 individuals are currently filed with the FEC to run for president.

Notable Quote of the Day

“Now, the majority of the voting age population under 70 years of age are people of color, and minority groups have grown by 25 percent since 2010, according to Census population estimates released this summer. This figure likely also includes the over 300,000 Puerto Ricans that moved to Florida in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Ultimately, in a crucial battleground state that Trump won by just 113,000 votes in 2016, the president’s strategy of turning out his base will almost certainly not be enough to win the state.”

– Douglas Schoen, former Clinton pollster and Fox News contributor


  • Michael Bennet toured pivot counties—counties that voted for Barack Obama twice and Donald Trump—in northeast Iowa Sunday.
  • Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont hosted a fundraiser for Joe Biden Sunday. Former Sen. Chris Dodd introduced Biden at the event.
  • Cory Booker campaigned at the Bethel AME Church in South Carolina Saturday.
  • Steve Bullock will campaign in Iowa Monday with stops in Harlan and Council Bluffs.
  • Pete Buttigieg held his first Pennsylvania campaign appearance at Reading Terminal Market Sunday. One thousand people attended the event.
  • John Delaney opposed universal basic income and said the United States had more of a pay problem than jobs problem in an interview on Channel 13’s Insiders in New Hampshire.
  • Tulsi Gabbard called Hillary Clinton the “the queen of warmongers” Friday and said she was behind “a concerted campaign to destroy [her] reputation.” Gabbard’s comments followed media reports that Clinton implied Gabbard was being groomed by the Russians. In a podcast interview Thursday, Clinton said, “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.” A Clinton spokesperson said Friday that Clinton was responding to a question about Republicans.
  • Kamala Harris will attend a house party and town hall in Iowa Monday. 
  • In a CNN interview Sunday, Amy Klobuchar discussed the timing of a potential Senate impeachment trial in December and her presidential campaign.
  • Wayne Messam hosted the Creole Culture Fest in Miramar Saturday and Sunday.
  • Beto O’Rourke completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey, answering questions about his personal beliefs, professional background, and political priorities. Click here to read his responses.
  • An estimated 26,000 people attended Bernie Sanders’ campaign rally in New York Sunday, marking the largest rally for any 2020 Democrat.
  • Joe Sestak completed his eight-day walk across New Hampshire Sunday with a final stop in Portsmouth.
  • Elizabeth Warren began a three-day tour of Iowa Sunday with stops in Indianola, Des Moines, Ames, and Cedar Falls.
  • Marianne Williamson began a four-day “Spirit of America” bus tour across Iowa Saturday with stops in Grinnell, Mt. Vernon, Elkader, and Dubuque.
  • In an interview on NPR’s Off Script Saturday, Andrew Yang discussed the impeachment inquiry and how he would pay for universal basic income. 


  • Mark Sanford campaigned in Denver Sunday as part of his “Kids, We’re Bankrupt and We Didn’t Even Know It” Tour.
  • Donald Trump will hold rallies in Mississippi and Kentucky in the first week of November. Both states are holding gubernatorial elections next month.
  • Bill Weld attended the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Laconia Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire Saturday.

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Flashback: October 21, 2015

Joe Biden announced that he would not run for president in the 2016 election.