|February 18, 2020: Michael Bloomberg qualified for the Las Vegas primary debate on Tuesday morning. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott endorsed Bill Weld.
“So achieving victory through a boost in turnout is far more complicated than whether a presidential candidate is inspiring. There are procedural impediments, widespread disaffection among some natural Democratic constituencies and the likelihood that Republicans will be just as enthusiastic about defending Trump as Democrats are about getting rid of him. Just as important, boosting turnout is a practical problem that has to be solved with time-consuming and labor-intensive work.
What Democrats would love to duplicate is the election of Barack Obama in 2008, when turnout rose to 61.6 percent, higher than it had been in four decades. Unfortunately, they likely won’t have a new, exciting, charismatic candidate in 2020, nor will they benefit from a less-inspiring Republican or a catastrophic economy. They’ll have to pound it out, voter by voter. It’s not going to be easy, no matter who their nominee is.”
– Paul Waldman, The Washington Post
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Flashback: February 18, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders participated in town halls hosted by MSNBC and Telemundo.
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