Trump campaign launches ‘Democrats for Trump,’ seeking disaffected liberals

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The Trump reelection campaign is betting that “disaffected Democrats” have had enough of radical progressivism, launching the “Democrats for Trump” coalition on Thursday.

“From the sham impeachment to the outright embrace of socialism, the Democrat party of today is unrecognizable and leaving moderate Democrats behind,” said President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, in a statement. “For Democrats who feel abandoned by the socialist radicalization of their party, there is room for you on Team Trump and we welcome you to join the movement and a President that are putting America first.”

Parscale also took to Twitter to release campaign internal polling showing the possibility of Democrats holding House seats in districts won by Trump in 2016.

He tweeted: “House Dems sitting in @realDonaldTrump won districts know a vote for impeachment is a vote to lose their seats in 2020. Internal polling shows voters in those districts OPPOSE impeachment by 10 points. ⬇️”


The campaign said its new coalition is for moderate liberals who want to work with Trump-led conservatives on lowering prescription drug costs, passing strong trade deals and fixing America’s infrastructure.

“President Trump speaks for a generation of Democrats who feel abandoned by today’s partisan tactics,” said Tony Mace, Cibola County, New Mexico, sheriff, in a statement from the campaign. “Coastal elitists and left-wing radicals have seized the Democrat Party.”

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Also Thursday, Jeff Van Drew, the New Jersey congressman who broke with the Dems to vote against Trump’s impeachment, officially switched parties and became a Republican.

“Jeff will be joining the Republican Party,” Trump announced during an Oval Office event with Van Drew. “It’s a big deal.”

“I believe that this is just a better fit for me,” Van Drew said of his decision, promising Trump his “undying support.”

“This is who I am, it’s who I always was, but there was more tolerance of moderate Democrats, of Blue Dog Democrats, of conservative Democrats,” said Van Drew, “and I think that’s going away.”

Van Drew on Wednesday broke with his party and voted against impeaching Trump — a move that bolstered GOP attempts to depict Democrats as divided on the matter. Republicans voted unanimously against it.

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Wednesday night’s House vote, almost entirely along party lines, made the president just the third in U.S. history to be impeached. The House impeached Trump on two charges — abusing his presidential power and obstructing Congress — stemming from his pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rival as Trump withheld U.S. aid.


Impeachment may prove increasingly unpopular among moderates in key battleground states.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Maine Sen. Susan Collins announces reelection campaign ahead of expected Senate trial on Trump

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday she'll be seeking reelection, in an announcement ahead of the Senate's expected trial of President Trump.

Collins has maintained she's willing to have an open mind when considering articles of impeachment against the president. The center-leaning senator famously gave a last-minute speech in support of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court last year ahead of the Senate's narrow vote to confirm the justice.

Although she hasn't publicly weighed in on whether or not she would vote for or against removing the president, Collins repeatedly has defended the whistleblower whose allegations of misconduct by Trump have been central to the investigation into the president's abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.


The last remaining New England Republican in Congress, Collins historically has presented herself as a moderate politician, bucking party-line stances on issues such as abortion and challenging Trump's policies, including building a wall on the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico and withdrawing troops from Syria.

In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is surrounded by reporters as she heads to vote at the Capitol in Washington. Collins officially launched her bid for a reelection Wednesday, Dec. 18, setting up an expensive and closely watched battle for the seat the moderate Republican from Maine has held for nearly 24 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is surrounded by reporters as she heads to vote at the Capitol in Washington. Collins officially launched her bid for a reelection Wednesday, Dec. 18, setting up an expensive and closely watched battle for the seat the moderate Republican from Maine has held for nearly 24 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Collins detractors from the left have slammed her for supporting Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, despite a myriad of sexual misconduct allegations against him, as well as advocating for the GOP tax cut.

"The fundamental question I had to ask myself in making my decision was this: In today's polarized political environment, is there still a role for a centrist who believes in getting things done through compromise, collegiality, and bipartisanship?" Collins said in an email, according to reports by NPR. "I have concluded that the answer to this question is 'yes' and I will, therefore, seek the honor of continuing to serve as Maine's United States senator."

Four Democrats are vying for the party’s nomination to face the 67-year-old senator, include activist Betsy Sweet, attorney Bre Kidman, former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, who is backed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Collins has amassed $8.6 million for her reelection bid, the largest haul of any political candidate in Maine history.

The expensive race is projected to cost anywhere between $80 million to $100 million before the 2020 elections, making it the most expensive run the state has ever seen.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Biden campaign releases doctor statement calling him ‘healthy, vigorous 77-year-old’

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The doctor who treated Joe Biden during his eight years as vice president is giving the Democratic presidential candidate’s health a thumbs-up.
"Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency, to include those as chief executive, head of state, and commander in chief,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Tuesday in a statement released by the Biden campaign.

O’Connor, who served in the Army, was assigned as White House physician to the vice president from 2009 to 2017.


Questions about Biden’s health and age have repeatedly come up since even before the former vice president declared his candidacy in April. In September, Biden committed to publicly releasing his medical records before the Iowa caucuses, to try and put to rest concerns over whether he was fit enough to take on President Trump in a general election campaign — and whether he would be up to the rigors and stress of serving as president.

Biden is one of five septuagenarian candidates in the race for the White House. Democratic nomination rivals Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is 78, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is 77, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is 70, and President Trump is 73.

Biden has repeatedly downplayed scrutiny over his health, at times challenging skeptics to such physical tests as arm wrestling or pushups.

The release of his medical history was the first for Biden since 2008, when he was the running mate on the Democratic ticket headed by Barack Obama. At the time, doctors found that he had an irregular heartbeat.


In his report, O’Connor said that Biden is currently being treated for non-valvular atrial-fibrillation, better known as A-fib, which is an irregular heartbeat. He said Biden is also being treated for hyperlipidemia, which is an abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood, as well as gastroesophageal reflux, a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids back up from the stomach into the esophagus. And he noted that Biden – as many Americans do – suffers from seasonal allergies.

“For these, he takes three common prescription medications and two common over-the-counter medications,” O’Connor said.

His report listed Biden's weight as 178 pounds and his height as 5 feet, 11.65 inches.

Last week, Warren released a note from her doctor regarding her health. Dr. Beverly Woo said that the Massachusetts senator was in "excellent health" and shared that Warren’s "only medical condition" was an under-active thyroid gland.

Bloomberg also made public a letter from a physician last week, which said he was "in outstanding health" and "great physical shape."


In February, President Trump had his second full physical exam since winning the White House. His physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said in a statement that a team of 11 doctors had examined Trump and that he was in “very good health.”

Last month there was speculation regarding the president’s health due to an unannounced trip to Walter Reed Medical Center. But Conley said that “despite some of the speculation, the president has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues.”

Sanders was briefly sidelined from the campaign trail in October after suffering a heart attack. Sanders later admitted to missing warning signs of his medical condition.

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Anti-Trump Republicans launch PAC to defeat him, as president’s campaign mocks ‘pathetic little club’

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A group of prominent anti-Trump Republicans launched a new super PAC on Tuesday aimed at preventing the GOP incumbent’s 2020 re-election and even defeating some of the president’s top congressional allies at the ballot box next November.

“We are Republicans and we want Trump defeated,” is the title of an op-ed in the New York Times announcing the launch of the group, which is called the Lincoln Project.


“Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference,” the GOP strategists behind the effort said.

The president’s re-election campaign quickly fired back, with communications director Tim Murtaugh calling the Lincoln Project a “pathetic little club of irrelevant and faux ‘Republicans,’ who are upset that they’ve lost all of their power and influence inside the Republican Party.”

The ringleaders of the group – which includes vocal anti-Trump critic attorney George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway – said in their op-ed that they've been “broadly conservative … in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort.”

George Conway's partners in the new anti-Trump effort include Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist who worked for then-President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; GOP strategist John Weaver, who worked for then-President George H.W. Bush, McCain, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich; and Republican media consultant Rick Wilson, author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies” who frequently tears into Trump on Twitter and during cable appearances.

Murtaugh, in returning fire, described the super PAC’s leaders as “establishment charlatans, who for years enriched themselves off the backs of the conservative movement, were the very swamp he was referring too. Calling any of these people ‘conservative’ or even referring to them as ‘Republicans’ at this point is an insult to conservatives and Republicans everywhere.”


Pointing to a likely record-high turnout in the 2020 general election, the Lincoln Project’s leaders said that their “efforts are aimed at persuading enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump’s violations of the Constitution, even if that means Democratic control of the Senate and an expanded Democratic majority in the House.”

They argue that the president “has neither the moral compass nor the temperament to serve” and say that Trump’s “actions are possible only with the craven acquiescence of congressional Republicans.”

The group told Fox News about five hours after the launch of their op-ed and website that “we have raised a significant amount of money since the op-ed went live this morning.” Former New Hampshire GOP chair Jennifer Horn, who’s serving as an adviser with the Lincoln Project, said that “we’re going to use all the resources that we have available to us to go out to go after President Trump and to also target in particular some of the Senate seats.”

Among those GOP-controlled Senate seats she listed were Arizona, Colorado, and Maine. She said that depending on the fundraising, the group would go up with digital, cable, and broadcast TV ads.

“It’s easy to figure out who our audience is,” Horn shared. “Likeminded disaffected Republicans – independents who are persuadable and lean right.”

Horn said that the group’s energies won’t be directed toward helping either of two remaining long-shot shot presidential primary challengers taking on Trump, who is on the cusp of facing a full House impeachment vote but is likely to be acquitted in the Senate.

One of those two challengers is former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who in April declared his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Hours after the announcement of the Lincoln Project, Weld told Fox News he shares the same goal as the group.

“It’s the same message. It’s that the president has misbehaved and deserves to be removed,” Weld said.

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Ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates sentenced to 45 days in jail, probation in Mueller probe

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Former U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy says the 'slap on the wrist' that Rick Gates received in exchange for his testimony in the fraud trial against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort makes it difficult for prosecutors to minimize his importance to their case.

Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail and three years of probation, after pleading guilty as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Gates was also fined $20,000 and ordered to complete 300 hours of community service. He will be allowed to serve his jail time intermittently on a schedule he works out in the future.

The sentencing came after Gates gave a short statement accepting responsibility for his actions, in remarks before District Judge Amy Jackson in a Washington, D.C., courtroom.

Gates' hearing had been postponed several times since 2018, with Mueller's team citing Gates' cooperation in "several ongoing investigations." He was a former associate of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and had cooperated extensively in the case against his former partner.


The cooperation seemed to smooth the way for more lenient treatment. The Justice Department last week said it would not oppose his recent request for probation due to his assistance, and praised Gates for his cooperation in several cases on Tuesday, in advance of Jackson's decision.

Gates, who worked closely with Manafort, pleaded guilty in February 2018 to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of making false statements to FBI agents. The counts related to his role concealing millions of dollars he made from lobbying work he and Manafort had done for Ukraine.


The plea deal was far narrower than what Gates originally faced — a host of conspiracy, false statement, fraud and other charges leveled against both him and Manafort. The special counsel's eventual move to back off most of those charges for Gates signaled federal prosecutors were yielding good information from him as they pursued a bigger case against Manafort.

Gates had intimate knowledge of Manafort’s years of political consulting work in Ukraine, and testified in the latter's trial.


Manafort was sentenced in March to a total of roughly seven years in prison, in connection with two cases. A federal jury in Virginia convicted him on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, while he pleaded guilty in a Washington court to charges related to foreign lobbying and witness tampering.

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Buttigieg releases list of campaign fundraisers after criticism from Warren

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Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg’s campaign on Friday released a list of people who have raised $25,000 or more for his campaign, amid continued scrutiny from his Democratic primary rivals.

The list is something that the South Bend, Ind. mayor's campaign claims make it “more transparent than any other campaign this cycle.” It includes names such as Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., while Politico reported that other names include an executive vice chairman of the private equity company Blackstone and a partner of McKinsey and Co. — a consulting firm where Buttigieg used to work.

“In addition to releasing these names, which no other current campaign has done, Pete has also opened his fundraisers to the press,” the campaign said in a statement. “He has made public 12 years of tax returns, he has held three multi-day bus tours with reporters that were completely on the record, and he has committed to restoring daily press briefings in the White House.”


Politico also reported that a number of former fundraisers for both Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama are on the list.

The release comes amid blistering criticism from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who has taken aim at Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden — without naming them directly — for mingling with wealthy donors.

"They are spending their time in fundraisers with high-dollar donors, selling access to their time for money. Some of them have spent months blocking reporters from entering those fancy, closed-door affairs,” she said at an event this week.


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And pointing to Buttigieg, again without naming him, she said the candidate “calls the people who raise a quarter-million dollars for him his ‘National Investors Circle,’ and he offers them regular phone calls and special access. When a candidate brags about how beholden he feels to a group of wealthy investors, our democracy is in serious trouble.”

Following Warren’s address, the Buttigieg campaign returned fire.

“Senator Warren's idea of how to defeat Donald Trump is to tell people who don’t support her that they are unwelcome in the fight and that those who disagree with her belong in the other party. We need to move beyond the politics and divisiveness that is tearing this country apart and holding us back,” Buttigieg senior advisor Lis Smith said in a statement.


Buttigieg has also faced criticism from the left for an alleged lack of transparency about his work for McKinsey. He responded last week by releasing a summary of his work there and called on the company to release him from the nondisclosure agreement he had signed. It later did, and Buttigieg released a list of clients for whom he had worked.

His clients from 2007 to 2010 included Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield, Canadian grocery store and retail chain Loblaw’s, Best Buy; the NRDC, EPA and Department of Energy, together, for an energy project; environmental nonprofit the Energy Foundation, the Department of Defense working on building the economies of Irag and Afghanistan, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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Biden campaign acknowledges ‘pain’ caused by Obama-era deportations

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign attempted to respond to other Democrats' criticisms of former President Obama's deportations when rolling out Biden's immigration plan on Wednesday.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden administration,” his campaign wrote.

It added that the country "must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers."

Biden's fellow Democratic candidates have used his former boss's deportation record as an attack line in an attempt to knock the frontrunner down a peg. Last month, Biden was confronted by a protester who cited Obama's massive number of deportations.


“You should vote for Trump. You should vote for Trump,” Biden told the protester at the time. He also refused to apologize following a similar confrontation in June.

Biden's campaign has positioned his immigration plan as a stark contrast to President Trump, with priorities that include ending family separations at the border, rolling back Trump’s travel limits on citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries and providing a path to citizenship for about 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, including immediately shielding immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children from deportation.


While speaking in Las Vegas, Biden promised to spend "literally, a billion dollars a year" on stabilizing Central American governments and economies, a reference to his proposal to spend $4 billion in four years to help those nations.

The former vice president also pledged to enforce existing asylum law by reversing the Trump administration’s moves that have made claiming asylum extremely difficult and end the national emergency that Trump has declared to divert Pentagon funding to the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.


Biden joins progressive senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, along with South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as Democratic White House hopefuls promising to close for-profit detention centers. The U.S. government contracted for such facilities under Obama, drawing criticism from civil rights groups at the time. But the practice has gained new scrutiny under Trump’s hard-line approach to immigration, especially his administration’s practice of separating families in the facilities.

Fox News' Danielle Wallace, Nick Givas, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pelosi campaign selling ‘Don’t Mess with Nancy’ shirts after tussle with reporter

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is trying to use a testy exchange with a reporter to her advantage.

Nancy Pelosi for Congress is selling "Don't Mess with Nancy" crewneck sweatshirts in an apparent attempt to fundraise off the media attention she received after Thursday's press briefing. The Speaker caused an uproar after she told a reporter not to "mess with" her, pushing back on a question about whether she hated the president.

"As a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone," she told Sinclair reporter James Rosen.

"I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. And I pray for the president all the time, so don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."


Rosen, who previously worked for Fox News, denied accusing her of hating the president.

Their exchange was just the latest instance in which Pelosi appeared to try and tell off a reporter. She previously knocked Rosen in November, describing him as "Mr. Republican talking points" after he asked a question about Trump getting the right to confront his accuser in the Ukraine controversy.

The Speaker similarly tried to leverage a viral moment for her benefit. She previously made her Twitter cover photo that of one President Trump tweeted as evidence that she had an "unhinged meltdown" during a meeting in October.

Not everyone was fan of her viral moment. President Trump tweeted that Pelosi looked like she "just had a nervous fit."


"She says she 'prays for the President.' I don’t believe her, not even close. Help the homeless in your district, Nancy," he said shortly after Thursday's press briefing.

"Rosen asked best Q which exposed her," Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted. "This IS based on hate. Everyone knows it. Pelosi answer was basically 'we don’t hate anyone,' but then called Trump 'a coward.'"

But the Speaker won praise from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," which tweeted a video arguing that Trump would do better to call Pelosi "boss."

Ingraham also took issue with Pelosi calling herself a Catholic. The California congresswoman has described herself as a "devout practicing Catholic," identifying with what is perhaps the largest pro-life organization in the world.

But Pelosi has defended congressional funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, and vowed to defend the landmark abortion legalization case Roe v. Wade with "every tool in our disposal."


Catholic clergy have repeatedly condemned both the act itself and pro-choice political advocacy. Vatican officials have reportedly said Pelosi should be denied the sacrament of Holy Communion. The Archbishop of San Francisco — where Pelosi's district is located — also reportedly said "no Catholic can dissent in good conscience" from the Church's position on abortion.

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GOP’s Joni Ernst portrayed as gun-firing sniper in Democratic challenger’s campaign ad

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The campaign of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, blasted as "outrageous and offensive" a new campaign ad posted by her 2020 Democratic challenger Thursday that depicts Ernst as firing gunshots at him while he talks about gun control, climate change, health care and taking on President Trump.

In the ad, candidate Eddie Mauro, a businessman and congressional candidate in 2018, introduces himself as a "progressive Democrat" before telling viewers he decided to run for Ernst's Senate seat in part because “our current senator, Joni Ernst, she thinks it's OK to run ads glorifying guns."


As Mauro speaks, the video repeatedly cuts to footage from a 2014 campaign ad for Ernst showing her shooting a gun at an indoor range. Then the ad cuts back and forth to Mauro as he walks through a field with bullets whizzing by, narrowly missing him before striking a fence post, the grass, barrels and other objects. The edits make it appear as though Ernst is firing the shots at him.

"She doesn't seem to care that many of those guns will be pointed at our kids, our teachers, churchgoers, moviegoers, concertgoers, police officers," Mauro said of Ernst. "Well, I care."

After the ad went public, Ernst's campaign posted a response on Twitter.

"It's outrageous and offensive that @eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign," came the statement posted under the "Team Joni" Twitter handle. "He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately."

Later in his ad, Mauro takes aims at President Trump, referring to him as Ernst's "boss in the White House” and the Trump agenda as a “non-stop assault on our climate, on our democracy, on decency, on what it means to be an American.”

"I’m the best Democrat to take on Joni and the Washington establishment," Mauro adds. "I won’t take PAC money, I won’t accept the status quo. So, Joni Ernst, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, the NRA — you won’t like what I have to say.”

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks in Washington in an undated photo. (Associated Press)

Mauro defended pushback against the ad throughout the day Thursday through his Twitter account.

In separate tweets, Mauro also advocated for the Green New Deal and promised: “to stand up to hate, take down the NRA and to flip the Senate to a progressive majority.” The 56-year-old announced his 2020 Senate campaign in May. Last year, he lost a primary challenge for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District to U.S. Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne, the Des Moines Register reported.


Ernst, 49, is a native Iowan who served in the Iowa National Guard for more than two decades and spent 12 months in Kuwait in 2003-04 before retiring in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel. Before going to Washington in January 2015, she served as an Iowa state senator.

The divorced mother of an adult daughter made national headlines earlier this year when she revealed that she was raped by an abusive former boyfriend while she was a college student. During her divorce proceedings, Ernst also claimed that her estranged husband had been physically and verbally abusive.

Mauro also is a native Iowan, living in Des Moines with his wife and two children. He has served as a teacher and a coach in addition to running a small business, according to his campaign website.

Mauro is among four Democrats hoping to face Ernst in the general election next November. The others are Theresa Greenfield, Kimberly Graham and Michael Franken.

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McSally campaign hits Planned Parenthood ‘business model’ after attack ads announced

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Sen. Martha McSally's team came out swinging Thursday amid news that Planned Parenthood, the nation's foremost abortion provider, would target her and two other GOP senators in ads focused on restoring federal grants that have provided millions of dollars for the organization.

"Senator McSally is focused on providing access to actual health care for women all across Arizona, while Planned Parenthood is only focused on protecting their business model," Dylan Lefler, McSally's campaign manager, said in a statement to Fox News.

"We expect every hysterical liberal special interest group in the country to invade Arizona with false, negative ads for the next year since they know it is a pivotal race to keep the Senate majority," he said.

Planned Parenthood announced Thursday it was spending at least $1 million in order to pressure Republican senators into opposing the Trump administration's so-called "gag rule" for family-planning clinics. The organization reportedly received about $60 million in funds from the program.


The multimedia campaign is expected to target Sens. McSally, R-Ariz., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C. — all of whom are up for election in 2020 –involving radio, television and digital ads, as well as targeted mailers in their respective states.

Planned Parenthood consistently has framed the Title X debate in terms of women's health care.

"The paid campaign aims to reach and mobilize key communities, such as Black women in North Carolina and the Latinx community in Arizona, that have been hit the hardest by the Trump administration’s attacks on sexual and reproductive health care programs, including Title X," the group's press release read.

Planned Parenthood did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. The ads came in anticipation of a potential budget showdown at the end of the year. Congressional Democrats already have tried including a repeal of President Trump's "gag rule" in a potential budget deal, including one attempt that the Senate shot down in September.

"They can spend all they want but Martha will not back down in the fight to protect real health care for women in Arizona, especially the ones served by community health centers who take care of far more women than Planned Parenthood, and to protect life," Lefler said, referring to liberal interest groups.


Representatives for Tillis and Gardner did not immediately respond to Fox News' requests for comment.

The recent ads have been sponsored by Planned Parenthood's political arm — Planned Parenthood Action Fund — which has donated overwhelmingly to Democrats.

Pro-life advocates have long complained that federal funding for Planned Parenthood has allowed the organization to pour more resources into abortion. For years, Congress has debated revoking funding for the organization.

These ads likely would be just the start of a concerted effort by Planned Parenthood to pressure elected officials on issues such as Title X. The group announced in October it would pour $45 million into the 2020 elections, its largest electoral effort yet.


Trump's Title X rule, announced by the Health and Human Services Department in February, prohibited Title X family-planning grants for clinics referring patients for abortion. It also required "clear financial and physical separation for Title X funded programs from programs and facilities where abortion is a method of family planning."

Planned Parenthood, which has performed more than 300,000 abortions annually, severed those grants after the Trump administration implemented the rule.

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Biden campaign accused of deceptive editing in new anti-Trump ad

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The Trump campaign is accusing former Vice President Joe Biden’s team of deceptively editing a video for a new ad to make it appear like a U.N. General Assembly audience was laughing uproariously at President Trump when he touted his administration’s accomplishments in a speech last year.

The video, which is part of a scathing online ad the Biden presidential campaign released on Wednesday, depicts the audience at the UNGA laughing after Trump says, “My administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”


While there were scattered chuckles after Trump made that statement in New York in September 2018, the audience only broke out into loud laughter after Trump remarked: “I didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK.” The Biden campaign ad seemed to move up that laugh track so it played right after Trump's boast about his record.


“The Biden campaign has been practically built around complaining about ads they claim are misleading,” Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement to Fox News. “But then they drop this video that’s been deceptively edited– some would say doctored– so the hypocrisy is self-evident and staggering.”

The Biden campaign, though, argued that it is apparent the audience at the U.N. was essentially laughing at Trump’s boast.

"It makes sense that Donald Trump would be triggered after re-living how the world has literally been laughing at him,” Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, told Fox News. “But unlike when he doctored a hurricane map, retweeted a doctored video of Speaker Pelosi after she eviscerated him for abusing his office, or doctored a video of a CNN journalist, this is the real deal.”


Bates added: “He's been humiliating our country on the global stage while undermining our national security and weakening our alliances, and the American people deserve a president who would restore our leadership in the world on Day 1.”

Biden’s ad primarily featured a clip of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mocking Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in London earlier this week.

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The clip comes from video shared by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) in which Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron are seen with others at a Buckingham Palace reception, apparently discussing Trump’s impromptu remarks to reporters earlier in the day.

"Is that why you were late?" Johnson asked Macron, smirking.

"He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top," Trudeau said.


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Asked about the video during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said of Trudeau, “He’s two-faced.”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Cory Booker compares his 2020 campaign to Obama’s, says he can win Iowa caucus

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2020 presidential hopeful Cory Booker compared his campaign to former President Obama's Tuesday, predicting he would pull off an upset win in the Iowa caucuses.

"My campaign is evolving the same way President Obama's did," he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"The same way that Jimmy Carter and others who talked to the larger aspirational goals didn't break through right away. But God, when our team is at number three in net favorably in Iowa and climbing, … 80 percent of the people have not settled on their final choice."

"So we're confident on our pathway to win in Iowa — to upset in Iowa," Booker added. "We're seeing local news write about the fact that we have the makings of an upset."

Booker complained about Democratic debate qualifications and claimed that they keep quality candidates from reaching the stage.


"I believe these artificial hurdles for this debate stage right now are having the unintended consequences of having minority voices – which are essential to our party, essential to moving our party to the right – … being excluded," he said.

"And that's problematic for a party that will rely on Black and Latino – black and brown I should say – Asian-Americans and others, turning out in record numbers. Not just to win the presidency, but to win back critical Senate seat that we need from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia to Arizona."

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He also said there are more billionaires on the debate stage than black people and claimed the billionaires don't have a legitimate shot at winning the Democratic nomination.

"I am concerned that the unintended consequences of the rules that have been written, allows a billionaire – and by the way, there will now be, if this race stays where it is right now, this 2020 election, we'll have more billionaires than black people – that allows billionaires to be on that stage and not people that have legitimate chances to win the nomination," Booker said earlier in the segment.

According to the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average, Booker was under two percent in the Hawkeye State, tied for ninth place with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

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Bloomberg rolls out more than $57M in TV ads in first weeks of campaign

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The 2020 Democrat primary debates are declining in the ratings and being hit with criticism over the format.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has only been in the 2020 race for two weeks, and already he's spending more than the Trump campaign and leading Democrats.

According to Advertising Analytics, Bloomberg's campaign had spent more than $57.5 million on TV ads, more than three times the spend of the Trump Make America Great Again Committee ($19 million). The pro-Trump committee was followed by South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg at $15.6 million and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. at $14 million.

Bloomberg narrowly trailed fellow billionaire Tom Steyer, who had spent nearly $60.2 million on ads.

CNBC reported that Bloomberg's ad spending included $6 million in national television spots, more than $4 million in Texas ads, and $3 million focused on New York and Los Angeles.

Trump's campaign, which already has the full support from the Republican Party, has been working with the Republican National Committee to raise a record amount of funds — amassing an enormous war chest against whoever the Democratic nominee will be.


Bloomberg entered the 2020 presidential race relatively late and needs to make gains in the polls if he wants to keep up with the party's frontrunners.

Bloomberg's investment was the most any candidate ever spent in a single week of advertising, according to Advertising Analytics. And according to market research data, Bloomberg's ads ran 19,006 times between Nov. 23 and Dec. 1.

The massive amount of spending will likely intensify progressive attacks on the former mayor.


Sanders has already accused Bloomberg of trying to "buy this election." Fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., similarly attacked the billionaire turned presidential candidate.

Prominent Sanders supporter Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., appeared to accuse Bloomberg of trying to "purchase our political system" at a recent rally in Iowa.


"There are folks that are trying to completely purchase our political system, running as Republicans and now tossing in their hats as Democrats in the field as well," she said.

"But what we're here to say is that in a democracy, it shouldn't matter how much money you have. What should matter is whether you vote, whether you caucus, whether you turn out. It's the numbers. It's the people. it's the movement."

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Impeachment poised to pull top 2020 contenders from campaign trail

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Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar pledges that “it’s my constitutional duty. I’ll be there.”

The “there” the Minnesota Democrat is talking about is the impending Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.


With the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives poised to vote to impeach the president later this month or in early January, the action would then move to the GOP-controlled Senate. And a trial – where all 100 senators would serve as the jury – could come just weeks before the Iowa caucuses (Feb. 3) and the New Hampshire primary (Feb. 11), the first two states to hold contests in the presidential nominating calendar.

That trial would effectively sideline from the campaign trail a total of six contenders: Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Michael Bennet of Colorado and Klobuchar.

And their absence could particularly give a boost to two top-tier contenders not tied to a Senate trial – South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden — as both Iowa and New Hampshire place an extra emphasis on person-to-person retail-style politics.

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“Early state voters place a premium on the opportunity to kick the tires on every single candidate running for president again and again," said Wayne Lesperance, a veteran New Hampshire-based political scientist and vice president of academic affairs for New England College. "Candidates out of state for a prolonged period because of their senatorial duties will concede critical time just before the first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.”


Buttigieg has seen his poll numbers in both Iowa and New Hampshire surge in recent weeks, boosting him to top-tier status in both states. And while many of his rivals will likely be tied down in the nation’s capital, Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor comes to a close at the end of the year, further freeing him up to campaign full time in the early voting states starting in January.

Biden may benefit from this dynamic as well. The former vice president – once the unrivaled front-runner in the race – now faces intense competition. He launched a post-Thanksgiving week-long bus tour in Iowa. And he returns to New Hampshire at the conclusion of that bus tour.

While Biden spotlights his decades of Washington experience as he runs for the White House, Buttigieg emphasizes that he’s an outside-the-Beltway candidate. And having six of his rivals tied down on Capital Hill dealing with a nasty partisan fight over impeachment will only further the contrast Buttigieg’s trying to make.

The last president to face a Senate impeachment trial was Bill Clinton. His trial – which started in Dec. 1998 — lasted five weeks. And under Senate rules, the chamber is required to be in session six days a week for the length of the proceedings.

“It’s going to present a challenge for senators also campaigning for president,” Harris said last month at a forum in California. “There’s no question about that.”

But it’s unlikely that any of the senators will skip out on parts of the trial to hit the campaign trail.

“This is a constitutional responsibility. I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, and so did everyone who is in the United States Congress,” Warren told reporters recently while campaigning in New Hampshire.

Klobuchar said she’ll look to her family and advisers to represent her.

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“My husband’s a great campaigner. My daughter is as well,” she told reporters in New Hampshire a week ago. “I’ve got surrogates all over the place. And they’ll have to be speaking if I can’t be there.”


Lesperance noted that while the senators face a “difficult challenge of fulfilling their obligations in the impeachment trial while also remaining present on the campaign trail, for the rest of the field, this is an opportunity.”

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Still, one veteran Democratic strategist isn’t buying the conventional wisdom.

“The senators will be in Washington D.C. during a critical time leading up to the caucuses, but I think people are forgetting that the political center of gravity will be in Washington D.C. during an impeachment trial and the senators running for president are going to be on cable news every evening after the trial ends, during prime time, talking about their take on what happened, on what’s going to be the hottest news story of the decade,” said Zac Petkanas, the director of rapid response for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“At the same time their TV ads are going to be running in Iowa and on their one day off, they’ll be making the most of it in the state,” added Petkanas.

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Bloomberg pilfers top Harris campaign aide

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Fox News’ Juan Williams discusses 2020 presidential candidates from former Vice President Joe Biden to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the 2020 presidential race has stolen away a lot of media space from other challengers, but now he’s also taking staffers from his fellow Democratic hopefuls.

Bloomberg’s campaign announced on Wednesday that Kelly Mehlenbacher has joined the billionaire businessman’s team deputy chief operating officer. Mehlenbacher had been working on California Sen. Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign before making the jump to Bloomberg’s squad.

She had previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid and Mehlenbacher’s exit follows a recent staff shakeup in the Harris campaign that included layoffs amid a renewed focus on Iowa.

The hire was first reported by Politico.


Bloomberg entered the race Sunday and has begun spending tens of millions of dollars on television ads. His spending – and his personal wealth – have become early targets from his Democratic rivals.

“Michael Bloomberg is making a bet about democracy in 2020. He doesn’t need people, he only needs bags and bags of money. I think Michael Bloomberg is wrong,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren charged while campaigning in Iowa on Monday.

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Bloomberg has vowed to spend at least $150 million of his own money on his bid and skip the early primary and caucus voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and instead concentrate on the delegate-rich states that hold contests on Super Tuesday and beyond.

The push back against Bloomberg is similar – but magnified — to the criticisms of billionaire environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer, who’s spent over $50 million in media to promote his campaign since jumping into the race in July. With a vastly larger bank account than Steyer, Bloomberg’s more of a threat to the field of contenders.


While most of the top and middle tier contenders have taken aim at Bloomberg, two have remained mostly silent. The two are former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg – who may potentially have the most to lose with another center-left contender in the race.

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A recent poll by Quinnipiac University showed Bloomberg polling at three percent, the same number Harris and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Fox News Paul Steinhauser and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bloomberg campaign manager on 2020: Trump is winning

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President Trump is already winning the battle for 2020, Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign manager said Monday.

"What we're focusing on is defeating Trump. If you look at the polls, and people can’t focus on this [enough], the general election is in six states, that's it. It's in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona. That’s the whole general election," Kevin Sheekey told CNN's "At This Hour with Kate Bolduan."

"Right now, Donald Trump is winning. He is winning that election," Sheekey continued. "It’s very tough for people who don’t live in New York or California to understand that, but that is what’s happening … Mike was doing everything he could from the sidelines and he finally decided it wasn’t enough to sit on the sidelines and he needed to do what he could to alter that dynamic."


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Bloomberg officially entered the presidential race on Sunday with the release of a one-minute video ad that was posted to social media.

"I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America," Bloomberg tweeted. "I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead. Join our team."

Sheekey said Bloomberg is running for president because he believes Trump is leading the country down a path to ruin.


"Mike is getting in this race because he thinks that Donald Trump is an existential crisis, and he thinks he’s on a path to victory," he said earlier in the interview.

"He’s getting in to alter that dynamic. We’re going to run a campaign against the president. We're going to run a campaign to make Mike the Democratic nominee. We're going to try to bring those together."

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Former California lawmaker to pay $150G after using campaign cash for Asia trip, Hawaii home fix-up: reports

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A former California Democratic lawmaker was ordered to pay $150,000 on Thursday after admitting to pulling funds from campaign coffers in part to pay for a trip to Asia, finance an expensive remodeling project on his Hawaii vacation home, and book flights for him and his wife to London and Washington, D.C.

Joseph Canciamilla, 64, was slapped with the maximum penalty the state allows for a campaign finance violation following a unanimous vote by the state's Fair Political Practices Commission.


An investigation conducted by the California elections watchdog found Canciamilla misused more than $130,000 in campaign dollars raised from two local fundraising committees he created and falsified state filings to cover up the spending, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“This is a spectacular fall from grace,” Commissioner Frank Cardenas told The Sacramento Bee. “It’s a breathtaking arrogance. There are particularly egregious issues here that appear to go, at least on their face, beyond mirror of civil law.”

“It’s a breathtaking arrogance. There are particularly egregious issues here that appear to go, at least on their face, beyond mirror of civil law.”

— Frank Cardenas, Fair Political Practices Commission

Commissioner Alison Hayward told San Francisco’s KPIX-TV Canciamilla’s violations were “particularly repugnant.”

“They show that a person who is raising money in trust for a political purpose is then converting that money to personal income,” she added.

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Canciamilla served in the California State Assembly in Sacramento from 2000 to 2006 before he was appointed clerk-recorder in Contra Costa County near San Francisco. He served as a Democrat at the time. He is now registered as “No Party Preference,” according to The Bee.

The violations were found in the use of funding from one committee formed in 2011 for his campaign for judge in Contra Costa County Superior Court. He ultimately did not enter that race. Canciamilla also misused money raised in a second committee formed in 2012 for clerk-recorder. He won that office twice before abruptly resigning Oct. 31 when the campaign violations were discovered.

“Mr. Canciamilla has taken full responsibility for this situation, is humbled and embarrassed, and hopes the FPPC fines won’t severely overshadow his 46 years of public service to the residents of Contra Costa County,” a statement from his attorney, Andy Rockas, said in a statement, according to The Chronicle.

He “has cooperated with the FPPC, has paid back all disputed amounts, and all fines listed in the proposed stipulation have been paid in full,” it added.


The commission launched an investigation after the Political Reform Audit Program of the Franchise Tax Board found irregularities in his filings. Canciamilla’s spending “was concealed on campaign statements by other reporting violations including non-reporting and the over-statement of available cash on hand,” according to the elections watchdog.

Canciamilla agreed to pay the $150,000 settlement for violating the Political Reform Act, which prohibits candidates from mixing campaign funds with personal finances. The commission also referred the case to the Contra Costa County’s district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to file criminal charges. The county’s retirement will also review his pension.

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Trump campaign selling ‘Bull-Schiff’ t-shirts as impeachment hearings roll on

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President Trump's campaign is taking aim at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., with new merchandise designed to disparage his impeachment inquiry with a pun on his name.

Released on Thursday, the "Bull-Schiff" t-shirts show the word "bull" alongside a caricature of Schiff with an extended neck — an apparent reference to Trump calling him a "pencil neck."

"Our bull-schiff-o-meter is off the charts!" the Trump campaign tweeted. "Shifty-Schiff pushed the FAKE Russian collusion story for three years and now he’s on to another sham. Don’t let Adam Schiff get away with the bull-Schiff Ukrainian investigation." Sizes range from small to 3XL.

The new shirts were made available as Schiff led the fifth day of public hearings in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, focusing on activities surrounding President Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine.


Trump has repeatedly denounced Schiff, who helped lead both the Ukraine inquiry and the House intelligence committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

On Wednesday, Trump blasted Schiff as a "corrupt politician," telling reporters the congressman "stands up and he tells lies all day long … We have no due process."

On Thursday, Trump directly attacked the congressman on Twitter. "No pressure on Ukraine," he said, referring to allegations of a quid pro quo. "Great corruption & dishonesty by Schiff on the other side!"


Schiff has accused Trump of engaging in a quid pro quo in pushing for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and Hunter's role on the board of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings. "[Trump's efforts] to help his reelection campaign was a basic quid pro quo," he said.

He added that Trump's actions were a "conditioning of official acts for something of great value to the president. These political investigations — it goes right to the heart of the issue of bribery as well as other potential high crimes or misdemeanors."

Fox News' Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

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Biden announces ‘No Malarkey’ Iowa bus tour to boost slumping 2020 campaign

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White House hopeful Joe Biden announced an upcoming "No Malarkey" bus tour on Thursday, in an effort to connect with Iowa voters ahead of the nation's first presidential primary.

The eight-day tour is set to cover 18 counties and is designed to help Biden's image, as his Democratic frontrunner status hangs in the balance.

The tour's name is likely derived from his 2012 vice presidential debate against former GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, when he told the Wisconsin Republican that his critique of the Obama administration's foreign policy was, "a bunch of malarkey."

“When Joe Biden first announced he was running, he told Iowans they’d be seeing a lot of him — and he meant it,” Biden campaign manager George Schultz said. “Being honest, upfront and authentic is core to who Joe Biden is and why Iowans love him.”


The tour is set to begin on Nov. 30 and will include stops in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Mason City, Elkader, Decorah, and Oelwein.

Schultz added that "when it comes to protecting health care, rebuilding the middle class, and defeating Donald Trump, Joe will continue laying out a clear vision about how he will deliver results for working families."

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Biden was mocked on Thursday by former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod during a CNN debate panel. Axelrod said Biden was "Mr. Magooing his way" through the primary.

"Biden, I wouldn’t say that he was a house of fire in any of the debates that we’ve been to. And yet he comes — kind of bumps along, kind of Mr. Magoo-ing his way through this," Axelrod said.

"And you keep worrying he’s going to hit a wall but he’s moving forward.”


The Iowa Democratic presidential primary is scheduled for February 3, 2020.

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Biden campaign accidentally sends fundraising email celebrating debate performance hours before event begins

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign accidentally sent out a fundraising email celebrating his performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate – hours before the event had even begun.

The message is clearly worded to be sent after the debate’s conclusion.


“I’m leaving the fifth Democratic debate now,” the email begins. “I hope I made you proud out there and I hope I made it clear to the world why our campaign is so important.”

The message was sent out to Biden supporters several minutes after 3 p.m. ET, nearly six hours prior to the start time.

A little more than an hour later, the campaign sent a follow-up email with the subject line "oops."

"You might have just gotten an email from Joe about just getting off of the debate stage. That’s our bad, team," the second email said. "We know Joe is going to make us proud tonight. We were just so excited for it that we accidentally hit send too soon."


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