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Trump super PAC goes the horse and buggy route — fights for Amish vote

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If there’s one thing the Amish believe it’s putting God and community ahead of the individual. Yet, staff with ties to Ben Carson and Newt Gingrich are counting on a conservative Amish vote to help elect their friend Donald Trump in November.

Calling themselves, Amish PAC, the group aims to replicate what George W. Bush was able to accomplish during the 2004 election when 10 million evangelical voters came to the polls to support Bush’s reelection.

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“The Amish and Mennonites are one of the most conservative blocs of potential votes you have in this country, and Republicans have done a very poor job over the years of doing that outreach,” co-founder Ben Walters told Lancaster Online.

According to experts on “The Plain,” this is incredibly rare as most leave the Amish to live their lives in peace or outreach is done by trusted locals who know the families well. This effort is done from within the Washington, D.C. Beltway.

“I have never heard of this kind of thing before,” said retired Prof. Donald Kraybill, an expert on Amish and Mennonite communities. “I think it’s unprecedented.”

The super PAC expects to spend $41,000 on newspaper ads and billboards in the lead up to the election. While, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania might be home to the largest Amish population in the country, more than 50 percent are under the age of 18, which makes only 25-30,000 possible votes out of the 60,000 people who identify as Amish. But in a close race in a swing state, the PAC is counting on the support of the Amish to put them over the top.

Kraybill’s published paper following the 2004 election outlined success for Bush’s campaign with the Amish, but mostly due to morality issues. They liked Bush’s stance against abortion and same-sex marriage.

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“There are a lot of (political action committees) out there,” Walters said when asked who is donating to the Amish PAC. “This one can unlock new conservative votes. A lot of people in the Amish community have never voted before. That’s something that motivates conservative activists across the country.”


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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

Winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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After bombing in #DemDebate internet changes Mike Bloomberg’s ‘death’ date on Wikipedia

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Someone online changed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's information on Wikipedia during the Wednesday debate to say that he died on Feb. 19.

After being ripped to shreds during the MSNBC Democratic debate, it became clear that Bloomberg wasn't quite as prepared as the other Democratic candidates.

The Wikipedia article was also changed to indicate that his cause of death was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

https://twitter.com/joshrobin/status/1230333066280886273

Bloomberg had several unfortunate moments, namely his refusal to release female accusers from nondisclosure agreements, he came out in favor of fracking, he blamed India for China's involvement in climate change, and many many more things.

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

😂😂😂#DemDebate

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