While President Donald Trump trails the major Democratic candidates in most national polls, there is a major early challenge for the Democratic Party to contend with: The Daily Beast reports some officials are concerned Trump has a head start on voter outreach in many battleground states, and particularly in the Midwestern states that gave him a path to victory in 2016.
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez has vowed a campaign-everywhere approach, on par with Howard Dean’s old “50 State Strategy” in the mid-2000s. Thus far, however, some committee members feel the results are coming up short.
“I am frustrated beyond belief at the sheer neglect of the constituencies I represent,” said James Zogby, co-chair of the DNC Ethnic Council, who believes the organization is not doing enough to target Irish, Italian, Polish, Eastern Central European, Arab, and Armenian-American communities in the Midwest. “That’s why Biden and Bernie do well, because they talk to those folks,” he added.
Some state party directors, like Wisconsin’s Ben Wikler, dispute the idea the DNC is neglecting these battlegrounds, noting the recent DNC-funded hiring of a regional director in rural northern Wisconsin.
Others, like Ohio’s David Pepper, who complains that Trump is “carpet-bombing” his state with online ads, suggest the problem is something more basic: Democrats are tied up with their gigantic primary, leaving Trump free to engage in general election outreach a year early.
“We can’t wait until next May to make the case if he’s already talking to them now,” Pepper warned.
Democratic candidates demand investigation into toxic culture at NBC ahead of MSNBC debate
Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey signed a letter calling the allegations of “sexual assault and harassment” by employees and “a cover-up by NBC’s management” deeply “troubling.” Instead of addressing the company, the senators issued their letter to Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez.
Warren criticized for conciliatory remarks on post-coup Bolivia
Top-tier 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is under fire from progressives and Indigenous activists for her comments Monday about the recent coup in Bolivia—remarks her critics called too conciliatory to the right-wing un-elected government that seized power after President Evo Morales was forced to resign and flee the country.
"The Bolivian people deserve free and fair elections, as soon as possible," Warren tweeted Monday afternoon. "Bolivia's interim leadership must limit itself to preparing for an early, legitimate election. Bolivia's security forces must protect demonstrators, not commit violence against them."
‘Disqualifying’: Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for praising right-wing Tea Party movement in resurfaced 2010 video
"I believe we might find that we have a lot in common," Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said during an event hosted by Citizens for Common Sense.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing backlash over a resurfaced video from 2010 in which he offered words of praise for the right-wing Tea Party movement and expressed a desire to find common ground.
During an October 2010 forum in Indiana hosted by the Tea Party-affiliated group Citizens for Common Sense, Buttigieg—then a candidate for Indiana state treasurer—told the audience that "there's some, especially in my party, who think the Tea Party's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party."