Biden hires former DCCC political director to lead Super Tuesday campaign


Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

October 29, 2019: Joe Biden announced that Molly Ritner will serve as his director of Super Tuesday states. Andrew Yang launches his first television ads in the early primary states.

In the 2016 presidential election, which state had the highest percentage of eligible voters cast ballots?

Notable Quote of the Day

“There were certain kinds of common wisdom going into California — there’s lots of Latinos, and Kamala Harris or [Los Angeles Mayor] Eric Garcetti might have a base here. Those kinds of thoughts were really prevalent, and they’ve all been really put on the back burner right now, with more of the tried, true, traditional Iowa, New Hampshire. The current narrative around the presidential race has almost forgotten that there’s a big California contest.”

– Paul Mitchell, Political Data Inc.


  • Michael Bennet said he opposed conditioning aid to Israel to deter Israeli settlements during the J Street conference Monday.

  • Joe Biden announced that Molly Ritner, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s former political director, will serve as his director of Super Tuesday states. Jessica Meijía and John Laadt will work as state directors for California and Massachusetts, respectively.

  • The Cory Booker campaign is opening an office Tuesday in Reno, Nevada.

  • Steve Bullock issued his LGBT policy plan Monday, which includes passing the Equality Act, banning conversion therapy, and providing gender-neutral passports. 

  • Pete Buttigieg said Monday that the U.S. should verify aid to Israel is not used for settlements or annexation.

  • During the J Street conference Monday, Julián Castro said he would push for a U.S. consulate in east Jerusalem and restore United Nations funding to Palestine. 

  • In an interview with The Wall Street JournalJohn Delaney criticized the state of the Democratic Party primary, which he said generates extreme partisan positions over bipartisan solutions.

  • In an interview on Axios on HBOKamala Harris discussed her electability, healthcare policy, and her prosecutorial record.

  • Beto O’Rourke released his criminal justice plan Monday, which would repeal portions of the 1994 crime bill, eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing, and invest $500 million into developing alternatives to incarceration.

  • Bernie Sanders said Monday at the J Street conference that he would leverage aid to Israel to push for foreign policy change and reallocate some military aid to humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip. He also discussed socialism, taxes, and criminal liability for corporate executives in a CNBC interview.

  • Joe Sestak spoke with the Polk County Democrats in Iowa on Monday night.

  • Elizabeth Warren will campaign in New Hampshire on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Marianne Williamson will attend a fundraiser Tuesday in Charleston County, South Carolina.

  • Andrew Yang tweeted Monday he was beginning to air his first television ads in the early primary states. The ad focuses on children with special needs and healthcare.


  • Mark SanfordJoe Walsh, and Bill Weld debated at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit on Monday. The Republican National Committee did not sanction the debate.

  • Donald Trump spoke at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Chicago on Monday.

Flashback: October 29, 2015

Donald Trump made his second presidential campaign visit to Nevada.