CNN host Jake Tapper concluded his extensive interview with Mike Pence on Sunday morning by playing audio of an interview Donald Trump recently gave where the president refused to endorse the vice president as the GOP candidate in 2024.
In the Fox News audio Trump is asked, “If Mike Pence runs for president in 2024, does he have your automatic endorsement?”
“Well, it is far too — look, I love Mike, we’re running again,” Trump is heard replying. “But you’re talking about a long time. So you can’t put me in that position, but I certainly would give it very strong consideration.”
“What was your reaction when the president said that?” the State of the Union host asked.
“You know, it is a greatest honor of my life to serve as vice president to this president and I’m incredibly honored that he asked me to run with him again in 2020,” Pence replied with a half-smile.
“And what I can tell you is that statement reflects and I reflect the fact that the only election he and are focused on is 2020,” he diplomatically concluded.
Julián Castro says his campaign is ‘in dire need’ of funds – and he’s out if he can’t raise $800K in ten days
Julián Castro says he will have to pull out of the Democratic presidential primary if he does not raise $800,000 in the next ten days. Castro, a former HUD Secretary, says he will be forced to stop campaigning if he does not reach his financial goals by the end of the month.
“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people,” Castro said in an email to supporters, as Buzzfeed reports.
Buttigieg took campaign hiring advice from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Raising fresh questions and new critiques about his close ties to corporate elites amid a hotly contested Democratic primary, Bloomberg reports Monday morning that the campaign of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg received private and direct hiring advice from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—advice the presidential candidate apparently took.
According to Bloomberg:
Earlier this year, Zuckerberg sent multiple emails to Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg's campaign manager, with names of individuals that he might consider hiring, campaign spokesman Chris Meagher confirmed. Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg's wife, also sent multiple emails to Schmuhl with staff recommendations. Ultimately, two of the people recommended were hired.
As Zuckerberg defends false Trump ads as free expression, critics say Facebook’s assault on ‘foundations of Democracy’ must be stopped
"To save democracy and the free press, we must eliminate Google and Facebook's control over the information commons."
Amid the ongoing debate over Facebook's policy of exempting political advertising from its "misinformation" standards, a "defiant" speech on free expression delivered Thursday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has elevated broader concerns about how powerful tech giants are "poisoning the well of our democracy."