December 16, 2019: All seven candidates who qualified for the Dec. 19 debate said they would not cross picket lines to participate in the event. Michael Bloomberg opened his first state headquarters in North Carolina.
There are seven new candidates running since last week, including one Democrat and one Green. In total, 993 individuals are currently filed with the FEC to run for president.
“Trump is impervious to everything, good or bad. He just stays at 41.7 [approval rating]. I don’t care how many good stories about the economy come, I don’t care about how many bad stories come, it still comes up 41.7.”
DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said on Saturday that the qualification rules were extremely low. She continued, “The DNC will not change the threshold for any one candidate and will not revert back to two consecutive nights with more than a dozen candidates.”
All seven candidates who qualified have also said they will not participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount University—where a labor dispute is taking place—if it means crossing the picket line.
Biden issued his gun safety plan along with a statement on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting on Saturday. He said he would repeal a federal law preventing gun manufacturers from being subject to civil liability, require background checks for all gun sales, and incentivize states to enact red flag laws, among other policies.
Booker issued his education plan on Friday, calling for a $200 billion investment in school infrastructure, pay increases for teachers in high-poverty districts, and support for high-quality public charter schools.
Buttigiegattended several fundraisers on Saturday and Sunday in Seattle.
Castro, who had reportedly missed the deadline to appear on Virginia’s state primary ballot last week, was initially left off the list of filed candidates because of missing paperwork. Castro’s filing was sent to the Democratic Party of Virginia according to state Elections Commissioner Chris Piper.
Donald Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and other senior advisers gave a presentation on Thursday in Arlington on the Trump campaign’s re-election strategy, including remaking state parties and targeting smaller counties in swing states.