National Newswatch

Atlanta is home to 2 potential contenders for Biden’s VP

May 26 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — ATLANTA — Neither public rivals nor personal friends, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Stacey Abrams spent years climbing parallel ladders at Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia Capitol. They are now Georgia’s most influential African American women. Bottoms, the 50-year-old Atlanta mayor, is a top surrogate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Abrams is […]

2020 Watch: Battleground map taking shape for Biden, Trump

May 18 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — ATLANTA — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 169 THE NARRATIVE States are relaxing shutdown and stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Donald Trump is travelling more, determined to model the confidence he believes the nation needs to return to […]

Biden, Dems aim to expand campaign map with fundraising deal

May 16 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — ATLANTA — Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee have expanded their fundraising agreement to include 26 state parties as Democrats look to dent the Republicans’ money advantage and build a national campaign foundation heading into the November election. The arrangement allows a new $620,600 maximum contribution that a single donor can give to party […]

AP source: Hillary Clinton to endorse Biden later Tuesday

Apr 28 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — Hillary Clinton, the first woman to become a major party's presidential nominee, will endorse Joe Biden's White House bid on Tuesday, according to a Democrat who requested anonymity to discuss the plan. The Biden campaign said Clinton would join the presumptive Democratic nominee for a virtual town hall to discuss the impact of the coronavirus […]

Pelosi, top House progressive give Biden twin endorsements

Apr 27 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden renewed his party unification efforts Monday with bookend endorsements from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leader of the House progressive caucus that sometimes battles the speaker from the left. The twin announcements from Pelosi and Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal highlight Biden's effort to avoid a repeat of the […]

AP interview: Gore says backing Biden isn’t ‘rocket science’

Apr 22 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — ATLANTA — Former Vice-President Al Gore, now one of the world's leading climate activists, endorsed Joe Biden’s White House bid on Wednesday, declaring that choosing the presumptive Democratic nominee over President Donald Trump is “not rocket science” and “not a close call.” “This is the clearest most definitive choice in a national election that the […]

Joe Biden’s next big decision: Choosing a running mate

Apr 10 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — Joe Biden faces the most important decision of his five-decade political career: choosing a vice-president. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee expects to name a committee to vet potential running mates next week, according to three Democrats with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans. Biden, a former […]

John Lewis, once Trump target, backs Joe Biden for president

Apr 7 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — ATLANTA — Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy. “We need his voice,” the 80-year-old Lewis told reporters ahead of the campaign's Tuesday announcement. He described the 77-year-old […]

Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns

Apr 2 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — Democrats announced Thursday that they were postponing their presidential nominating convention until August, an unprecedented move that shows how the coronavirus is reshaping the battle for the White House. The party had hoped that a mid-July convention would give them more time to rally behind a nominee and unify against President Donald Trump. But concerns […]

Joe Biden’s inner circle: No longer a boys club

Mar 26 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — Weeks before Joe Biden launched his 2020 presidential campaign, he released a social media video to address allegations from women who said his uninvited displays of affection had made them uncomfortable. “Social norms have begun to change. They've shifted,” said the former vice-president, then 76. Looking straight into a cellphone camera, he added: “I hear […]

Biden wins endorsement from NEA, nation’s largest union

Mar 14 2020 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — The nation’s largest labour union has lined up behind Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, with the National Education Association on Saturday endorsing the former vice-president for the Democratic nomination over his last remaining primary rival Bernie Sanders. The NEA’s board of directors chose Biden following a recommendation from the organization’s political action committee board, following months […]