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Sanders never considered leaving race after heart attack

Oct 10 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders said Thursday that he never considered dropping out of the presidential race after suffering a heart attack last week and characterized his recovery as "so far, so very good" despite acknowledging that the incident left his heart "with some damage." In an interview with CNN from his Vermont home, where he […]

Beto O’Rourke plans counter-rally to Trump event in Texas

Oct 9 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Beto O'Rourke is planning a counter-rally as President Donald Trump addresses supporters in Dallas next week — recalling the dueling events held on the Texas-Mexico border eight months ago that helped launch the former congressman's White House bid. The Democratic presidential candidate will stage a "Rally Against Fear" the evening of Oct. 17 […]

Warren vows to skip big fundraisers if she wins nomination

Oct 9 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren says she will keep shunning large-dollar fundraisers if she is the nominee, changing her earlier stand that doing so would be tantamount to "unilateral disarmament" against President Donald Trump and Republicans. The Massachusetts senator has ridden a steady rise in the polls to emerge as among the leading […]

Better polling means sharper scrutiny. Is Warren ready?

Oct 9 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — CARSON CITY, Nev. — When Elizabeth Warren campaigned in Nevada in February, Abbie Peters was there. Energy and enthusiasm for the Massachusetts senator was not. "It was early, and she wasn't as popular," said Peters. Nearly eight months later, Peters, a retiree from California, was back again to see Warren. The message hadn't changed. But […]

Warren aims to build appeal in Republican strongholds

Oct 7 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Elizabeth Warren was greeted by Republican activists chanting "Stop impeachment!" as she strode toward baggage claim at a Nevada airport. There were more protesters at a Carson Center rec centre where she spoke, including one atop hay bales yelling "Trump 2020" until he was hoarse. And during her speech, Warren was […]

Warren relies on small donors to raise $24.6 million

Oct 4 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — SAN DIEGO — Elizabeth Warren raised $24.6 million over the past three months, relying largely on a massive small donor operation to solidify her status as a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Massachusetts senator's haul, announced on Friday, is just less than the $25.3 million her chief liberal rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie […]

Sanders proposes wealth tax, setting up clash with Warren

Sep 24 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders has unveiled a plan to tax the nation's top earners that he says will generate $4 trillion-plus over the next decade. It's his version of fellow Democratic presidential rival Elizabeth Warren's signature issue. Sanders wants a 1% levy on households worth over $32 million. His proposed tax rate would increase for […]

Sanders still wants a revolution, but now he’s got company

Sep 19 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders is still leading a revolution. But his ideas no longer feel quite so revolutionary. The Vermont senator acknowledges that many of his top proposals, which were dismissed as radical four years ago, have been adopted by much of the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary field: "Medicare for All," tuition-free college, […]

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ends once-promising presidential bid

Aug 28 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, abruptly ending a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability but instead collapsed amid surprisingly low polling and major fundraising struggles. "I know this isn't the result that we wanted," the 52-year-old New York senator said in an […]

GOP Trump challengers won’t get much help from their party

Aug 26 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — "Never Trump" Republicans are eager to see the president confront a credible primary adversary. But the party will likely erect structural barriers that make that kind of challenge exceedingly difficult. And for good reason: Every incumbent president for four-plus decades who has faced a serious primary opponent was weakened enough to ultimately lose […]