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Biden rejects Democrats’ anger in call for national unity

May 19 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — PHILADELPHIA — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump's presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee. Facing thousands of voters in his native Pennsylvania for the second time as a 2020 contender, the former vice-president offered a call […]

Biden’s strength fueled by perception of his electability

May 6 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — COLUMBIA, S.C. — Twenty of his rivals have lined up to run for president, believing the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination was wide open. But one week after launching his campaign, former Vice-President Joe Biden is threatening to prove them wrong. His liabilities may be glaring, but the 76-year-old lifelong politician has quickly […]

Biden entry sparks a sharper edge to Democratic race

Apr 27 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — As she campaigned through Iowa this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts didn't hesitate to jab the newest contender in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary: Joe Biden. "Our disagreement is a matter of public record," Warren said, referring to Biden's past support of a massive bankruptcy overhaul. "Joe Biden was on the […]

Biden criticizes ‘white man’s culture,’ role in Hill hearing

Mar 27 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — Former Vice-President Joe Biden condemned "a white man's culture" as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill's credibility nearly three decades ago. Biden, a Democratic presidential prospect who often highlights his white working-class roots, said Hill, […]

Mueller findings flip Trump debate in 2020 campaign

Mar 25 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — The release of the special counsel's findings in the Russia probe upended the 2020 presidential campaign, all but settling the question of whether President Donald Trump could be knocked from the race by a new revelation in the report and turning the debate over the investigation on its head. The president, who […]

Bloomberg to announce 2020 decision by end of month

Feb 8 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — ORLANDO, Fla. — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that he'll decide by the end of the month whether to seek the presidency. The 76-year-old businessman, one of the richest men in the world, has been openly contemplating a Democratic White House bid since late last year. In an interview with The […]

Bloomberg says Trump, at this point, ‘cannot be helped’

Jan 25 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — MCLEAN, Va. — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said Friday that Donald Trump's presidency "cannot be helped" and was "dangerous" for the country. The former New York City mayor also described the partial government shutdown, now at a record 35th day, as "a complete failure of presidential leadership." The billionaire businessman said that for […]

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

Jan 22 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That wasn't enough for some of his party's most liberal members. Critics on social media quickly knocked Castro's […]

Bernie Sanders faces questions about political future

Jan 11 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — Allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are rallying behind the embattled presidential prospect even as they reluctantly begin to ponder the painful possibility of a 2020 campaign without him. The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist is the most prominent contender to face a serious setback in the evolving White House field. He's been […]

Sanders eyes ‘bigger’ 2020 bid despite some warning signs

Dec 3 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — BURLINGTON, Vt. — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described […]

Sanders: Dems must ‘do the opposite’ of Trump

Nov 29 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — BURLINGTON, Vt. — Reasserting himself as a leading voice in Democratic politics, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday called on the political party to work harder to convince people of all races, regions and income levels that liberal policies will help them. "Our job is to do exactly the opposite of what Trump is trying […]

Neighbors wage shadow campaigns in New Hampshire for 2020

Nov 19 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — Even before they announce their White House intentions, New Hampshire's ambitious neighbours are in the midst of a shadow campaign to shape the nation's first presidential primary election of the 2020 season. Democrats on the ground expect a rush of presidential announcements soon after New Year's. That could include as many as […]