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Fifth Democratic primary debate: Nov. 20, 2019

10 contenders in in Atlanta, hosted by MSNBC

    The top ten Democratic presidential candidates debated at Otterbein University in Atlanta, Georgia, sponsored by NBC News and the Washington Post.

    Changes in the field as a result of this debate:

  • CEO Tom Steyer (D, CA) made his second appearance in a debate, after months of TV advertising. He is now an established member of the field.

  • CEO Mike Bloomberg (D, NY) has re-entered the race, committing $35 million to a TV ad campaign. But Bloomberg is disqualified from all future debates, because the current rules require having thousands of donors, and Bloomberg is not accpepting donations at all. The rules for the Jan./Feb. 2020 debates have not yet been set, so Bloomberg could qualify.

  • Governor Deval Patrick (D, MA) also announced his candidacy. He will accept donations, but there's not enough time to qualify for the December debate, since those debate rules require scoring well in several polls, which will likely not even include Patrick for a couple of weeks. There are a half-dozen debates already set up for Jan./Feb. 2020, for which Patrick will attempt to qualify.

  • Three candidates dropped out of the race in the wake of this debate (in part, perhaps, because of this debate):

  • Rep. Joe Sestak (D, PA), dropped out on Dec. 1, 2019; former U.S. Representative from 2006-2010, and a Navy Admiral.

  • Governor Steve Bullock (D, MT), dropped out on Dec. 2, 2019; Governor since 2012, and Attorney General of Montana from 2007-2012.

  • Senator Kamala Harris (D, CA), dropped out on Dec. 3, 2019; Senator since 2016, and Attorney General of California from 2011-2016.

Source: Excerpts from Nov. 20th Democratic primary debate.


Deval Patrick enters presidential race: Nov. 13, 2019

Massachusetts Governor to file papers for New Hampshire presidential primary

  • Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) is a late entry to the Democratic presidential primary. He may qualify for debates in early 2020, but certainly not the debate set for next week (Nov. 20th). His policy stances:

A Reason to Believe, by Gov. Deval Patrick 25 excerpts from Patrick
Massachusetts general election gubernatorial debate , September 2006 15 excerpts from Patrick
Massachusetts Democratic Primary gubernatorial debate , September 2006 6 excerpts from Patrick
Moving Massachusetts Forward , Deval Patrick's 2005 policy booklet 26 excerpts from Patrick
Speech at the Democratic National Convention, September 2012 4 excerpts from Patrick
State of the Commonwealth speech, January 2013 6 excerpts from Patrick
Boston Globe political coverage 15 excerpts from Patrick

Source: See Gov. Deval Patrick's main page for full issue stances.


Mike Bloomberg re-enters presidential race: Nov. 8, 2019

New York Mayor files papers for Alabama presidential primary

  • Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC) met the deadline today to get onto the Alabama presidential primary ballot (the earliest deadline in the country), implying that he would meet deadlines to get onto other state ballots.
  • Bloomberg cited Joe Biden's failure at sparking centrist support, which Bloomberg considers his constituency (as opposed to the progressive constituency sparked by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren).
  • Bloomberg is a billionaire, like Tom Steyer (D-CA) and Donald Trump (R-FL), but unlike those two, Bloomberg won election and re-election before running for President.

Bloomberg by Bloomberg, autobiography by Mike Bloomberg 16 excerpts from Bloomberg
Money, Power, Politics, biography by Joyce Purnick 39 excerpts from Bloomberg
2018-19 interviews of Democratic presidential hopeful (Bloomberg WAS in the 2020 race earlier!) 7 excerpts from Bloomberg
Sunday Political Talk Show interviews during 2013-2015 (Bloomberg flirted with running in 2016 too!) 8 excerpts from Bloomberg
Speeches at the United Nations (as NYC Mayor, Bloomberg had a "U.N. Office") 4 excerpts from Bloomberg
Bloomberg News (coverage of Mike Bloomberg in the news media source he founded) 9 excerpts from Bloomberg
Teachers Under Attack!, by Mike Spina (Bloomberg vs. NJ Gov. Chris Christie) 2 excerpts from Bloomberg
Flawed or Flawless?, by Deborah & Gerald Strober (Bloomberg vs. NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani) 3 excerpts from Bloomberg
Mayoral State of the City addresses (Bloomberg's NYC speeches) 7 excerpts from Bloomberg

Source: See Mayor Mike Bloomberg's main page for full issue stances.


Three gubernatorial races, Nov. 5-16, 2019

Governors elected in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Kentucky

Source: OTI Archives on 2019-2020 Gubernatorial races.


Beto O'Rourke drops out: Nov. 1, 2019

17 Democratic primary contenders still in race


Dealing Death and Drugs, by Beto O'Rourke 12 excerpts from O'Rourke
Politico 2020Dems on the Issues 11 excerpts from O'Rourke
11 excerpts from Ryan
NBC News, "Decision 2020":
first Democratic primary debate, Miami, June 26-27, 2019
12 excerpts from O'Rourke
10 excerpts from Ryan
Second Democratic primary debate:
Democratic candidates debate in Detroit, July 30-31, 2019
11 excerpts from O'Rourke
6 excerpts from Ryan
2019 CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall 6 excerpts from O'Rourke
NPR Morning Edition survey of 2020 candidates 4 excerpts from O'Rourke
2019 "Meet the Candidates" presidential series on NYTimes.com 2 excerpts from O'Rourke
Democratic Primary Debate in Ohio (Oct. 2019) 2 excerpts from O'Rourke
LGBTQ Town Hall in Los Angeles 5 excerpts from O'Rourke
CampusElect.org 2018 Campus Election Engagement Project
(during Beto's senatorial race)
16 excerpts from O'Rourke

Source: See Rep. O'Rourke's main page and Rep. Ryan's main page for full issue stances.


Fourth Democratic primary debate: Oct. 15, 2019

12 contenders in one evening

    The top twelve Democratic presidential candidates debated at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, sponsored by CNN and the New York Times.

    Changes in the field as a result of this debate:

  • CEO Tom Steyer (D, CA) made his first appearance in a debate, after months of TV advertising

  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D, OH) dropped out after this debate, on Oct. 25.

  • Rep. Beto O`Rourke (D, TX) dropped out after this debate, on Nov. 1.

  • CEO Mike Bloomberg (D, NY) re-entered the race, claiming that V.P. Joe Biden was not capturing the moderate electorate, on Nov. 7.

    This debate was preceded by two "CNN Town Halls," focused on one topic, with a half-hour Q&A with each of a dozen candidates:

  • LGBT Town Hall in Los Angeles, October 10, with nine candidates on gay rights topics

  • CNN Town Hall on Climate Change, September 4, with ten candidates

  • Other CNN Town Halls prior to September, on general topics

Source: Excerpts from Oct. 15th Democratic primary debate.


Republican primary debate, Sept. 24, 2019

Four presidential contenders invited; two show up

    Business Insider Today, a financial news service, hosted the first Republican presidential primary debate (yes, there IS a Republican primary!), on Sept. 24, 2019, and live-streamed on Facebook.

    Some highlights:

  • Gov. Bill Weld (R, MA) was the Libertarian Party's Vice-Presidential nominee in 2016, but has re-enrolled as a Republican for 2020.

  • Rep. Joe Walsh (R, IL) served in Congress but retured and has run a conservative radio talk show ever since. He considers himself a member of the Tea Party.

  • Gov. Mark Sanford (R, SC) was invited, but claimed a "scheduling conflict" and did not attend.

  • President Donald Trump (R, NY) was invited to the debate but did not respond. He was the major topic anyway, and we include some excerpts from video played during the debate, with opponents' responses.

  • The moderators were Business Insider politics editor Anthony Fisher; Business Insider columnist Linette Lopez, and Business Insider editorial director Henry Blodget.

Source: Full excerpts at GOP Business Insider debate page.


Bill de Blasio drops out: Sept. 20, 2019

New York Mayor failed to qualify for September debate

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary.
  • De Blasio said on a morning ralk show today, "I'm gonna end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City and I'm gonna keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic party that stands for working people."
  • De Blasio conceded in an NBC News Op-Ed that he had "reached the point where I feel I have contributed all I can to this Democratic primary."

Survey of 2020 Presidential campaign websites 9 excerpts from de Blasio
Interviews during 2017-2019 (Sunday talk shows during 2019) 11 excerpts from de Blasio
Politico 2020Dems on the Issues 4 excerpts from de Blasio
NBC News, "Decision 2020": first Democratic primary debate, Miami, June 26-27, 2019 7 excerpts from de Blasio
Second Democratic primary debate: Democratic candidates debate in Detroit, July 30-31, 2019 10 excerpts from de Blasio
Mayoral campaign websites (before de Blasio's presidential run) 25 excerpts from de Blasio
Mayoral State of the City addresses (de Blasio's NYC speeches) 16 excerpts from de Blasio
Mayoral press releases (de Blasio's NYC issues) 11 excerpts from de Blasio
Mayoral website (de Blasio's NYC accomplishments) 28 excerpts from de Blasio

Source: See Mayor Bill de Blasio's main page for full issue stances.


Third Democratic primary debate: Sept. 12, 2019

10 contenders in just one evening

Source: See full debate excerpts for all issue-oriented excerpts.


Kirsten Gillibrand drops out: Aug. 28, 2019

New York Senator fails to qualify for September debate

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary.
  • Gillibrand cited failing to qualify for the third Democratic primary debate as "fatal to her candidacy."
  • The criteria for qualifying for the Sept. 12 debate are outlined in our Aug. 15-21 report below (130,000 donors AND 2% in four polls).
  • Ten candidates met both criteria for the upcoming debate; three additional candidates met one criterion (and hence are excluded from the debate).

Off the Sidelines, by Kirsten Gillibrand 14 excerpts from Gillibrand The ten candidates who met both criteria for the Sept. 12 debate:
PBS News Hour "2020 Candidate Stands" series 13 excerpts from Gillibrand
CBS "Face the Nation" interviews (Sunday talk shows during 2019) 4 excerpts from Gillibrand
Jacobin Magazine: Socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture 3 excerpts from Gillibrand
2018 New York Senate race: debates and news coverage 10 excerpts from Gillibrand
League of Women Voters 2010 Candidate Questionnaire (Gillibrand's first Senate race) 2 excerpts from Gillibrand
Campaign website from 2006 (Gillibrand's first House race) 7 excerpts from Gillibrand
What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?, by Marianne Schnall 4 excerpts from Gillibrand

Source: See Sen. Gillibrand's main page for full issue stances.


Mississippi Gubernatorial Primaries, Aug. 6-27, 2019

General election nominees selected for November contest

Source: OTI Archives on 2019 Mississippi gubernatorial race.


Another Democrat out; another Republican in, Aug. 23-25, 2019

Rep. Seth Mouton (D-MA) withdraws; Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) enters presidential race

  • Seth Moulton, Democratic Representative from Massachusetts, withdrew from the presidential race on Aug. 23.
  • Moulton did not make the cut for the September debates, nor had he made the cut for the June and July debates. He will run for re-election for his seat in Congress in 2020.
  • Joe Walsh, former Republican Representative from Illinois, announced his entry into the presidential race on Aug. 25.
  • Walsh ran for Congress as a Tea Party candidate, and hosted a radio talk-show after leaving Congress.
  • We would say "This completes the list of presidential contenders" but we've thought that before and the field has expanded several times this month!

Source: OTI Archives on 2020 Presidential hopefuls.


Two Democratic governors drop out: Aug. 15-21, 2019

Inslee (D-WA) to run Governor; Hickenlooper (D-CO) to run for Senate

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary on Aug. 15, then announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
  • Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary on Aug. 21, then announced his candidacy for re-election as Governor.
  • Both were facing exclusion from the upcoming September Democratic primary debates, which have a deadline at the end of August to meet....
  • Candidates must show 130,000 unique donors (double the 65,000 requirement from the June and July debates)
  • Candidates must poll at 2% or above in four polls (also double the 1% requirement from the June and July debates)
  • Candidates must accomplish BOTH of the above (EITHER criteria was sufficient for the June and July debates).
  • An archive of our coverage of the two candidates, side-by-side:

Political book by each candidate: The Opposite of Woe, My Life in Beer and Politics, by Hickenlooper Apollo's Fire, Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy, by Inslee
Politico 2020Dems analysis 8 excerpts from Hickenlooper 6 excerpts from Inslee
Meet the Press interviews during 2019 4 excerpts from Hickenlooper 2 excerpts from Inslee
"Meet the Candidates" presidential series (New York Times) 2 excerpts from Hickenlooper 4 excerpts from Inslee
South-by-Southwest political conference 3 excerpts from Hickenlooper 2 excerpts from Inslee
"2020 Candidate Stands" series (PBS News Hour) 5 excerpts from Hickenlooper 5 excerpts from Inslee
June presidential debate in Miami 3 excerpts from Hickenlooper 5 excerpts from Inslee
July presidential debate in Detroit 2 excerpts from Hickenlooper 8 excerpts from Inslee
Democratic presidential primary interviews (during 2019) 9 excerpts from Hickenlooper 9 excerpts from Inslee
Presidential interviews for 2020 (during 2017-2018) 17 excerpts from Hickenlooper 26 excerpts from Inslee
2016 State-of-the-State addresses 8 excerpts from Hickenlooper 5 excerpts from Inslee
2017 State-of-the-State addresses 3 excerpts from Hickenlooper 1 excerpt from Inslee
2018 State-of-the-State addresses 7 excerpts from Hickenlooper 6 excerpts from Inslee
2019 State-of-the-State addresses (Hickenlooper no longer Governor) 6 excerpts from Inslee
Where they got elected: Hickenlooper in 2014 Colorado Gubernatorial race Inslee in 2016 Washington Gubernatorial race
Where they are going next: Hickenlooper in 2020 Colorado Senatorial race Inslee in 2020 Washington Gubernatorial race

Source: See Gov. Hickenlooper's main page and Gov. Inslee's main page for full issue stances.


Second Democratic primary debate: July 30-31, 2019

20 contenders debate over two evenings


Steve Bullock and Michael Bennet announce: May 2, 2019

Montana Governor and Colorado Senator both announce for the Democratic nomination for President

Source: See Steve Bullock On The Issues and Michael Bennet On The Issues for links to all of the above.


Joe Biden announces: April 25, 2019

Biden is 21st Democrat to announce for the Democratic nomination for President

Source: See Joe Biden OnTheIssues for links to all of the above.


20th Democratic contender joins debates, April 12, 2019

Rules for debates scheduled for June