Buttigieg issues $700B childcare and education platform


Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

December 9, 2019: Pete Buttigieg released a $700 billion childcare and education platform. Donald Trump attended a private fundraiser in Florida.

There are 14 new candidates running since last week, including two Democrats, three Republicans, and two Libertarians. In total, 986 individuals are currently filed with the FEC to run for president.

Notable Quote of the Day

“Strange things happen at contested conventions. At the last such Democratic confab in 1952, the nominee was neither the front-runner, Sen. Estes Kefauver, nor Vice President Alben Barkley, ostensibly supported by President Harry S. Truman. Instead, on the third ballot, Democrats nominated Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson II.

Party elders felt that only Stevenson could keep Northern and Southern Democrats united, and had tried unsuccessfully to draft him to run. Only after a platform fight about civil rights; a disastrous meeting between Mr. Barkley and labor leaders; and wrangling over a loyalty oath aimed at Southern Democrats that threatened to fracture the party, as happened in 1948, did Stevenson reluctantly agree to run. Truman then arrived in Chicago and ordered some of the candidates out of the contest and favorite-son delegations to swing to the Illinois governor. The party left largely unified and mostly happy.

It is hard to see any of the Democratic ex-presidents playing Truman’s calming role in 2020.”

– Karl Rove, Republican political consultant



  • Donald Trump attended a private fundraiser in Florida on Saturday that raised $3.5 million for the state Republican Party. He featured Clint Lorance and Mathew Golsteyn, two former soldiers who received presidential pardons related to war crimes.

  • HuffPost profiled Joe Walsh and his change from being a Trump supporter to Trump critic.


Flashback: December 9, 2015
According to Facebook’s year in review, the 2016 presidential election was the most talked about topic on the platform. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders were the second-, fourth-, and fifth-most talked about politicians, respectively.


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