June 19, 2019: President Donald Trump kicked off his re-election campaign last night, featuring the slogan Keep America Great. The New York Times released a series of interviews where it asked 21 Democratic candidates the same 18 questions.
Notable Quotes of the Day
“It is clear that the inherently dubious nature of [the debates] has been exacerbated by the party’s new rules. A real debate would provide a substantive back and forth between candidates on major issues; but despite the considerable build-up, that’s not what these nationally televised sessions deliver.”
—Elizabeth Drew, Daily Beast
“The field will winnow. And I don’t think that it’s worth it for the DNC to be involved in the winnowing. I don’t find it concerning or alarming to have 20 people running for president. I think it’s great.”
—U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Politico
General Election Updates
What We’re Reading
Flashback: June 19, 2015
Time released an article highlighting Hillary Clinton’s plan to live stream house parties across the country in order to build grassroots support.
June 17, 2019: Bill de Blasio and Amy Klobuchar called for President Trump’s impeachment. Weld predicted he will beat Trump in Utah on Super Tuesday.
There are 12 new candidates running since last week, including six Democrats and two Republicans. In total, 745 individuals are currently filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president.
“Most candidates, if not all, had hoped to draw a lectern alongside Biden or Sanders, eager to draft off the early front-runners’ stature — and to emphasize their own contrasts with them. Harris and Buttigieg will get them both.”
—David Siders and Christopher Cadelago, Politico
What We’re Reading
Flashback: June 17, 2015
The Washington Post published an article detailing the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.