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Third Party nominations: May 1-2, 2020

One party nomination; two party competitions

We report on the nomination races for several third-party candidates throughout the election. We also report on party platforms, and will update them for 2020 as they become avbailable. Following is our list of parties and candidates:

Party (with link to platform) Candidate(s) nominated or running for nomination
Constitution Party
Virtual convention May 1-2
Don Blankenship(WV): nominated at convention, May 2, 2020
Green Party
Convention planned for July 9-12, 2020
Gov. Jesse Ventura(MN): Exploratory Committee as of April 27, 2020
vs.Howie Hawkins(NY): Green candidate since May 2019
vs.Ian Schlakman(MD): Withdrew Green candidacy Dec. 2018
Libertarian Party
Convention planned for May 21-25
Rep. Justin Amash(MI): Exploratory Committee as of April 28, 2020
vs.Arvin Vohra(MD): Libertarian candidate since July 2018
vs.Larry Sharpe(NY): Libertarian V.P. candidate since July 2018
vs.Sen. Lincoln Chafee(RI): Withdrew Libertarian candidacy April 5, 2020
vs.Zoltan Istvan(CA): Withdrew Libertarian candidacy Nov. 2017
Socialist Party
Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and the Peace and Freedom Party
Convention planned for August 2020; primaries held on Super Tuesday
Gloria La Riva(CA): nominee-apparent since March 3, 2020
Alliance Party / Reform Party
Virtual convention, April 25, 2020
Rocky De La Fuente(FL):

Source: See party platforms for the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, too, through 2016.


Special Election in MD-7: April 28, 2020

Former Rep. Kweisi Mfume to be sworn in immediately

    Kweisi Mfume, Former President of the NAACP, won a special election in Maryland's 7th House district, and will join the 116th Congress immediately upon being sworn in. Mr. Mfume replaces U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who passed away last October.

    Following is a list of special elections that have taken place during the 116th Congress (with three more to follow later this spring!):


District / Election date / New member of Congress Previous member of Congress / reason for leaving Congress
May 21, 2019; PA-12: Fred Keller (R) Tom Marino (R, resigned Jan. 2019 in financial scandal)
Sep.10, 2019; NC-3: Greg Murphy (R) Walter B. Jones (R, deceased Feb. 2019)
Sep.10, 2019; NC-9: Dan Bishop (R) Disputed Nov. 2018 election between Dan McCready (D) and Mark Harris (R)
Apr.28, 2020; MD-7: Kweisi Mfume (D) Elijah Cummings (D, deceased Oct. 2019)

Source: See Kweisi Mfume's main page for full issue stances.


Bernie Sanders withdraws: April 8, 2020

After Wisconsin primary

    Senator Bernie Sanders ended his campaign after losing a series of primaries, including the Wisconsin primary run with low voter turnout amid the coronavirus pandemic. Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive nominee. Some of our book reviews and excerpt collections from Sen. Sanders:


2018: Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance, by Bernie Sanders 34 excerpts from Sanders
2017: Guide to Political Revolution, by Bernie Sanders 17 excerpts from Sanders
2016: Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, by Bernie Sanders 71 excerpts from Sanders
2016: Bernie vs. Hillary On The Issues: Side-by-side stances on the issues, by Jesse Gordon hundreds of excerpts from Sanders
2015: Outsider in the White House, by Bernie Sanders 5 excerpts from Sanders
2015: The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America, by Jonathan Tasini 13 excerpts from Sanders
2012: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, by Stewart Acuff 3 excerpts from Sanders
2012: Milk Money: Cash, Cows, and the Death of the American Dairy Farm, by Kirk Kardashian 8 excerpts from Sanders
2010: The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed, by Bernie Sanders 20 excerpts from Sanders
1997: Outsider in the House, by Bernie Sanders and Hank Gutman 47 excerpts from Sanders

Source: See Bernie Sanders's main page for full issue stances.


Coronoavirus news: April 2, 2020

Political leaders' policy stances to fight the pandemic

We will collect politicians' statements on the coronavirus pandemic, and add additional excerpts over time.

  • Bernie Sanders : Cover all costs for coronavirus testing and treatment
  • Joe Biden on Education : Provide school lunch even if schools closed for pandemic
  • Donald Trump : Refused coronavirus test kits from World Health Organization
  • Tom Steyer : Mandatory Coronavirus vaccines; and other immediate actions
  • Mike Bloomberg : CDC needs funding to fight coronavirus; Trump de-funded it
  • Pete Buttigieg : Deal with coronavirus with international integration
  • Amy Klobuchar : Billions for CDC for coronavirus; billions for NIH too
  • Elizabeth Warren : The most vulnerable people are susceptible to Coronavirus
On media coverage of the coronavirus: The Washington Post has demonstrated irresponsible fear-mongering with their reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, in their March 14 article entitled "Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially." The Post should explain to the public why it was misleading to say "If the number of cases were to continue to double every three days, there would be about a hundred million cases in the United States by May. That is math, not prophecy," and should editorially rescind that statement. Here's why:

There is no evidence that the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. will continue to double every three days until May, four weeks away. In fact, there is strong evidence from already-infected countries that the "exponential period" of doubling ends after about three weeks, and then new infections peak, subside, and trail off, in a period of about eight weeks. The viral infection simulations in the Post's article show the termination of the exponential period, to the mathematically-astute reader, but the text of the article misleads readers that the exponential period could continue indefinitely.

Looking at the daily infection rates in other countries provides evidence of the time estimates above. All of the data below comes from the daily coronavirus figures on the website www.worldometers.info -- which provides information without histrionic statements like those of the Washington Post.

  • A. I define the start of the "exponential period" in each country as the date when the number of new infections doubled in three days, and included over 100 cases (to avoid randomness of small numbers).
  • B. The "inflection point" is the date when the number of new infections stopped doubling every three days -- the number of new infections still increases, but more slowly, which is described as "bending the curve" -- that is the key point that the Washington Post's article pretended will not occur in the U.S. until May or later. The inflection point has occurred in every other high-population infected country after about two to three weeks.
  • C. The "peak" is the date on which the number of new infections falls from a maximum (i.e. when the number of people newly infected is consistently fewer than the day before). The peak has occurred in other countries three to four weeks after the start of the exponential period.
  • D. The "trail off" is the date on which the number of new infections permanently falls below 100. The trail-off has occurred in other countries about seven to eight weeks after the start of the exponential period.
The chart below arranges countries by the date their daily cases became exponential. I note "Approx." in the chart for predicted dates not yet reached, based on applying the timelines from the countries that have reached those points. I note "Perhaps" in the chart for dates that might change after April 2. As of April 2: China has reached point D; South Korea is past point C and approaching point D; Italy and Iran have just passed point C, and perhaps Germany; Spain and France have just passed point B; and the U.S. is now past point A and perhaps at point B; India is still not at point B. That is math, not prophecy -- the only assumption is that the United States will follow the pattern of other countries, mathematically:
A. Start exponentialB. Inflection pointC. Peak dateD. Trail off
China Jan. 22 Feb. 5 (week 2) Feb. 12 (week 3) Mar. 6 (week 7)
South Korea Feb. 22 Mar. 1 (week 1) Mar. 3 (week 2) Perhaps Apr. 2
Italy Feb. 26 Mar. 15 (week 3) Mar. 21 (week 4) Approx. Apr. 21
Iran Feb. 27 Mar. 26 (week 4) Mar. 30 (week 5) Approx. Apr. 30
Germany Mar. 5 Mar. 21 (week 3) Perhaps Mar. 27 Approx. May 1
Spain Mar. 5 Mar. 15 (week 2) Approx. Apr. 4 Approx. May 4
France Mar. 5 Mar. 24 (week 3) Approx. Apr. 8 Approx. May 8
USA Mar. 7 Perhaps Mar. 27Approx. Apr. 10 Approx. May 10
India Mar. 23 Approx. Apr. 10Approx. Apr. 28 Approx. May 28
Applying the infection pattern from other countries to the U.S., we should get past the peak of new daily infections in late April (I've added a couple of extra days to get to the inflection points because the U.S. is large and has been slow to start testing, so some new infections will show up later than they otherwise would have). We should trail off to almost zero new daily infections by mid-May. That would mean that the total number of Americans infected would be about one million by May. Not a hundred million by May, like the article asserts. That's an important distinction because it means the difference between under 100,000 deaths (our prediction) and over a million deaths (their implication).

The Washington Post has done a great disservice to America by publishing this article, and its continued existence incites panic among readers. The Washington Post should post my analysis, and other less panic-oriented analyses like it, to counter-balance their current disinformation.

Sincerely, Jesse Gordon, dated April 2

Postscript: I wrote to the Washington post ombudsman and article author; I was told the ombudsman position no lnoger exists (that person represents the public within the newspaper); and the article was translated as-is to a dozen languages, saying the same misleading information as in English.

Source: See political candidates' coronavirus policy stances.


Final Tuesday primaries, March 17, 2020

Primaries finalized; many changes due to coronavirus

  • President Trump exceeded the number of delegates required to win the Republican nomination (i.e. he has won the primary).
  • Gov. Bill Weld withdrew from seeking the Republican nomination, leaving Trump unopposed.
  • Biden gained almost 300 delegates, after gaining over 200 last week, and now stands at about 60% of the total delegates needed to secure the nomination.
  • But the bigger news from this Tuesday was the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Ohio was supposed to hold a primary on Tuesday, but Gov. Mike DeWine closed the polls despite an Ohio Supreme Court challenge.
  • The 11th Democratic debate took place with no audience (only Biden and Sanders debated, after moving to Washington to avoid travel).
  • More electoral disruptions will follow -- many states have now postponed their primaries -- we comment below on the media's reaction and poor coverage of coronavirus.
Final Tuesday 3/17 delegate counts: AZ FL IL Final Tuesday Total Prior delegates Grand Total
Joe Biden 39 151 93 283 897 1180
Bernie Sanders 28 55 60 143 728 871
Others 0 168 168
PLEOs ("Superdelegates") 13 44 29 86 403 489
TOTAL Dem (1,991 to win) 80 250 182 512 2196 2708
Donald Trump 122 67 189 1237 1426
Bill Weld 0 1 1
TOTAL GOP (1,276 to win) 189 1238 1427

Source: See The Green Papers for delegate counts; see Bill Weld's page for full issue excerpts; each state winner highlighted in bold; delegate figures as of 3/19/20.


Big Tuesday primaries, March 10, 2020

Biden wins big again

Big Tuesday 3/10 delegate counts: ID MI MO MS ND WA Big Tuesday Total Prior delegates Grand Total
Joe Biden 11 73 44 34 6 33 201 696 897
Bernie Sanders 9 52 24 2 8 19 114 614 728
Others 0 168 168
PLEOs ("Superdelegates") 5 22 12 5 4 47 95 308 403
TOTAL Dem (1,991 to win) 25 147 80 41 18 99 410 1786 2196
Donald Trump 32 73 54 40 29 43 271 966 1237
Bill Weld 0 1 1
TOTAL GOP (1,276 to win) 271 967 1238

Source: See The Green Papers for delegate counts; see Bernie Sanders's page for full issue excerpts; each state winner highlighted in bold; delegate figures as of 3/18/20.


Super Tuesday primaries, March 3, 2020

Biden wins big; Bloomberg and Warren withdraw

  • We present below the delegate totals from Super Tuesday primaries in 14 states.
  • Biden has taken the lead in delegates (the only number that matters). He stands at 628, or 31% of the total delegates needed to secure the nomination.
  • Sanders, in second with 556, fell to second place, with 28% of the delegate total needed.
  • Bloomberg withdrew after a poor showing (he did get 57 delegates, including a win in American Samoa, solidly placing him in fourth place in delegate count).
  • Warren withdrew after coming in 3rd place in her home state of Massachusetts, and 3rd or below everywhere else (falling to 4th place in delegate count).
  • We also list below the PLEO "Superdelegates", who will mostly vote for the establishment frontrunner (Biden). Counting those, Biden is halfway to the nomination.
  • Sanders' only hope is a huge turnaround next Tuesday and the following Tuesday, which seems very unlikely, given that the demographics match states Biden already won.
  • The only question remaining is whether Sanders will stick it out until he is mathematically eliminated (which could be "never", causing a "brokered convention", where the superdelegates decide the nominee, which would mean Biden anyway).
  • Bottom line: It's over; Biden has won the nomination.
Super Tuesday delegate counts: AL AR AS CA CO MA ME MN NC OK TN TX UT VA VT Super Tuesday Total Prior delegates Grand Total
Joe Biden 44 17 169 14 37 11 38 67 21 36 111 5 67 5 642 54 696
Michael Bloomberg 0 5 4 13 11 4 2 5 10 3 57 0 57
Pete Buttigieg 0 0 26 26
Tulsi Gabbard 2 2 0 2
Bernie Sanders 8 9 220 23 29 9 27 37 13 22 102 13 31 11 554 60 614
Elizabeth Warren 13 10 25 4 10 2 1 1 5 3 1 75 8 83
PLEOs ("Superdelegates") 8 5 5 80 21 23 8 16 13 6 9 32 11 25 8 270 38 308
TOTAL Dem (1,991 to win) 60 36 11 495 79 114 32 91 123 43 73 260 35 124 24 1600 186 1786
Donald Trump 50 40 172 37 41 22 39 71 43 58 155 40 48 17 833 133 966
Bill Weld 0 1 1
TOTAL GOP (1,276 to win) 833 134 967

Source: See The Green Papers for delegate counts; see Joe Biden's page for full issue excerpts; each state winner highlighted in bold; delegate figures as of 3/12/20.


South Carolina primary, Feb. 29, 2020

Republicans cancel primary; Trump gains 50 delegates by party acclamation


Democratic South Carolina primary: Popular Vote: Toward 4,750 delegates: (1,991 to win + superdelegates)
Bernie Sanders 106,342 votes 15 SC delegates (+ 45 prior = 60 total)
Joe Biden 261,897 votes 39 SC delegates (+ 15 prior = 54 total)
Pete Buttigieg 44,139 votes 0 SC delegates (+ 26 prior; withdrew afterwards)
Elizabeth Warren 38,034 votes 0 SC delegates (+ 8 prior = 8 total)
Amy Klobuchar 16,877 votes 0 SC delegates (+ 7 prior; withdrew afterwards)
Tom Steyer 61,048 votes 0 SC delegates (+ 0 prior; withdrew afterwards)
Tulsi Gabbard 6,794 votes 0 SC delegates (+ 0 prior)
Michael Bloomberg (no write-in allowed) (Did not enter race) 0 SC delegates (+ 0 prior)

Source: See pre-SC-primary debate for full issue excerpts.


Nevada caucuses, Feb. 22, 2020

Republicans cancel caucuses; Trump gains 22 delegates by party acclamation


Democratic Nevada caucuses: Popular Vote: Toward 4,750 delegates: (1,991 to win + superdelegates)
Bernie Sanders (took overall delegate lead from Buttigieg) 41,075 votes 24 NV delegates (+ 9 NH + 12 IA = 45)
Pete Buttigieg 17,598 votes 3 NV delegates (+ 9 NH + 14 IA = 26)
Joe Biden 19,179 votes 9 NV delegates (+ 0 NH + 6 IA = 15)
Elizabeth Warren 11,703 votes 0 NV delegates (+ 0 NH + 8 IA = 8)
Amy Klobuchar 7,376 votes 0 NV delegates (+ 6 NH + 1 IA = 7)
Tom Steyer 4,120 votes 0 NV delegates (+ 0 NH/IA = 0)
Tulsi Gabbard 32 votes 0 NV delegates (+ 0 NH/IA = 0)
Michael Bloomberg (no write-in allowed) (Did not enter race) 0 NV delegates (+ 0 NH/IA = 0)

Source: See pre-NV-caucus debate for full issue excerpts.


New Hampshire primary, Feb. 11, 2020

Four Democratic candidates withdraw


Republican New Hampshire primary: Popular Vote: Toward 2,550 delegates: (1,276 to win nomination)
Donald Trump 129,734 votes 22 NH delegates (+ 39 IA = 61)
Bill Weld 13,844 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 1 IA = 1)
Democratic New Hampshire primary: Popular Vote: Toward 4,750 delegates: (1,991 to win + superdelegates)
Pete Buttigieg 72,445 votes in Dem primary; 1,116 in GOP primary 73,561 votes 9 NH delegates (+ 14 IA = 23)
Bernie Sanders 76,355 votes in Dem primary; 753 in GOP primary 77,108 votes 9 NH delegates (+ 12 IA = 21)
Elizabeth Warren 27,428 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 8 IA = 8)
Amy Klobuchar 58,774 votes in Dem primary; 1,076 in GOP primary 59,850 votes 6 NH delegates (+ 1 IA = 7)
Joe Biden 24,911 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 6 IA = 6)
Tom Steyer 10,694 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 0 IA = 0)
Tulsi Gabbard 9,745 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 0 IA = 0)
Andrew Yang (withdrew after primary) 8,312 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 0 IA = 0)
Michael Bloomberg (write-in votes) 4,777 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 0 IA = 0)
Deval Patrick (withdrew after primary) 1,266 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 0 IA = 0)
Michael Bennet (withdrew after primary) 984 votes 0 NH delegates (+ 0 IA = 0)

Source: See CNN pre-NH-primary Town Hall for full issue excerpts.


State of the Union Feb. 4, 2020

Plus the Democratic responses

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ripped up her official copy of the speech while the audience was filing out.
  • A motion to censure Rep. Pelosi for that action was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives (her action is not a crime, but can warrant censuure, if the House so votes).
  • Many investigators carefully watched footage recorded during the speech, and found her pages "pre-ripped" (i.e. she planned the event for the end of the speech)
  • When President Trump handed Pelosi the official copy at the beginning of the speech, he snubbed her handshake when she accepted it.
In addition to the "viral image" aspects, there were a series of staged events incorporated into the speech (inviting guests to personify the president's points has long been a staple of SOTU speeches; staging actual events during the speech is new):
  • Rush Limbaugh received a Presidential Medal of Freedom during the speech.
  • A member of the military was rejoined with his wife, who did not expect his return that evening.
  • A young student was granted an Opportunity Scholarship after being denied entrance to a charter school in Pensylvania.
  • Juan Guaidó, the "shadow president" of Venezuela was introduced to America (Guaidó is recognized as the president by the U.S. but his opponent Nicolás Madurom controls the government).
There were also numerous policy points in the speech, and in the numerous responses, which we excerpt. But the images and events are what this speech will be remembered for!

Source: See main SOTU page for full issue stances.


Iowa Caucuses, Feb. 3, 2020

1,700 caucuses statewide for delegates to Democratic and Republican National Conventions

  • Both major parties held caucuses to elect delegates to their National Conventions.
  • The Iowa Democratic Caucuses were plagued by technical snafus; we'll report the results when available. As a result of those problems, many people are calling for Iowa to replace their caucus with a normal primary election. OnTheissues agrees, for the simple reason that primaries are better for democracy.
  • About 202,000 people participated in the 2020 Iowa caucuses (170,000 Democrats and 32,000 Republicans) -- that is under 10% of the registered voters of Iowa (2.1 million as of January 2020). In a typical primary, such as New Hampshire in 2016, 535,000 people voted (250,000 Democrats and 285,000 Republicans) -- that is over 50% turnout of the registered voters of N.H. (980,000 as of January 2020). Caucuses discourage voter participation, for reasons that were obvious to anyone watching the shenanigans nationally televised from Iowa -- few people want to go stand in a gymnasium for two hours straight!
  • The Republican Iowa caucuses went smoothly, with three candidates on the ballot. Results listed below. 40 national delegates will be awarded, towards the total of 2,550 delegates.
  • Bottom Line for Republicans: Trump's challengers did make a showing, with Weld getting one committed delegate. Walsh withdrew after these results.
  • The Democratic Iowa caucuses will award 41 national delegates (estimates below) and then hold two more rounds of gymnasium-standing events over the next two months to finalize those estimates, towards the total of 4,750 delegates.
  • Bottom Line for Democrats: Sanders won the popular vote on the first round, and also won the "second alignment" but by a smaller margin. Buttigieg got the most "state delegate equivalents," 564-562, and the most national delegates (14-11).

Republican Iowa caucuses Popular Vote Toward 2,550 delegates: (1,276 to win nomination)
Donald Trump 31,464 votes 39 delegates
Bill Weld 426 votes 1 delegate
Joe Walsh (withdrew after caucuses) 348 votes 0 delegates
Democratic Iowa caucuses Popular Vote Toward 4,750 delegates: (1,991 to win + superdelegates)
Pete Buttigieg 43,209 votes 14 delegates
Bernie Sanders 45,652 votes 12 delegates
Elizabeth Warren 34,909 votes 8 delegates
Joe Biden 23,605 votes 6 delegates
Amy Klobuchar 21,100 votes 1 delegates
Andrew Yang 1,758 votes 0 delegates
Tom Steyer
(not shown if fewer than 300 votes)
413 votes 0 delegates

Source: See main archive page for full issue stances.


John Delaney drops out: Jan. 31, 2020

On eve of Iowa caucus

    Representative John Delaney (D-MD-6) suspended his campaign after not making the cutoff for the January 14 debate in Iowa nor the upcoming debate in New Hampshire.


, Politico.com series
The Right Answer: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation, by John K. Delaney 24 excerpts from Delaney
(including book review on main page).
July Primary Debate, in Detroit Michigan 11 excerpts from Delaney
June Primary Debate, in Miami, Florida 8 excerpts from Delaney
2020 Candidate Stands, PBS News Hour series 5 excerpts from Delaney
2020Dems on the Issues12 excerpts from Delaney
Meet the Candidates, New York Times series 7 excerpts from Delaney
CNN Kfile, political investigation series 4 excerpts from Delaney
South-by-Southwest, political conference 6 excerpts from Delaney
Survey of 2020 Presidential campaign websites, JohnDelaney.com 5 excerpts from Delaney
Survey of 2012 House campaign websites, Delaney2012.com 8 excerpts from Delaney

Source: See John Delaney's main page for full issue stances.


John Bolton invited to testify to Congress, Jan. 28, 2020

Vote in Congress to disallow testimony of Trump's National Security Advisor

  • John Bolton served as National Security Advisor under President Trump until Sept. 2019. as well as Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.
  • Bolton was asked by the House of Representatives to testify in the impeachment trial on 11/7/19, but said he would not testify until a court resolved the related disputes between Trump and Congress.
  • During the Senate impeachment trial, on 1/6/2020, Bolton agreed to testify to the Senaite, if subpoenaed. A 51-49 Senate vote cancelled all further testimony and evidence, so Bolton never testified.
  • Bolton has written a book ("The Room Where It happened", coming out in May 2020) where he claims Trump told him in August 2019 that Trump wanted to continue the freeze on aid to Ukraine pending their investigation into Joe Biden and his son -- one of the core issues of Trump's impeachment.
  • We excerpt and review below several of Bolton's other books and public statements, and we'll excerpt and review the new book when it comes out.

Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations, by John Bolton 17 excerpts from Bolton
(including book review on main page).
How Barack Obama is Endangering our National Sovereignty, by John R. Bolton 12 excerpts from Bolton
(including book review on main page).
Campaign promises compared to follow-up actions taken by the Trump Administration, by OnTheIssues 3 excerpts from Bolton
Trump Cabinet members actions and issues, by OnTheIssues 1 excerpt from Bolton
2015 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Republican Responses, Jan. 20, 2015 2 excerpts from Bolton
The Iowa Freedom Summit & The Iowa Ag Summit, Jan. 2015 & March 2015 2 excerpts from Bolton
Speech to Conservative Political Action 2014 Conference, March 6-8, 2014 2 excerpts from Bolton
American Enterprise Institute, columns by John Bolton 17 excerpts from Bolton
National Review, columns and news articles by and about John Bolton 6 excerpts from Bolton

Source: See John Bolton's main page for full issue stances.


Iowa Democratic presidential debate: Jan. 14, 2020

Six candidates debate on eve of Iowa caucus

    Seventh Democratic primary debate, with six candidates, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14, three weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Three candidates withdrew after not qualifying for the debate (and will not participate in the Iowa caucuses):

  • Sen. Cory Booker withdrew on Jan. 13

  • Mayor Julian Castro withdrew on Jan. 2, and endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Jan. 6.

  • Marianne Williamson terminated her campaign on Jan. 3, and withdrew on Jan. 10.

    The rules of the Iowa caucuses are more complicated than typical presidential primaries:

  • Meeting places are set up by local Democratic Committees in over 1,600 locations across Iowa, one per town or one per precinct in larger cities.

  • Any registered Democrat can attend in their neighborhood, with or without a pre-commitment to any candidate, but there are no absentee ballots nor early voting (only those who attend can vote, except people with disabilities and military members abroad can participate by video).

  • Candidates' supporters make speeches to persuade the uncommitted voters, and then each candidate's supporters gather in one section of the room to be counted.

  • A preliminary count determines which candidates make a 15% minimum cutoff for "viability." Supporters of non-viable candidates can then move to another candidate's section for the final count.

  • National news media report the percentage of the caucus final tallies, which are only approximate, because national delegates are actually chosen over the course of two more events:

  • Caucus delegates are apportioned, based on the final count for each candidate in each local caucus, to attend a County Convention; Iowa has 99 counties.

  • The County Conventions will be held on March 21, and then a Statewide Convention on April 25, to elect 41 delegates to the Democratic National Convention where teh presidential nominee will be determined.

  • Iowa also will send 8 superdelegates to the National Convention; they are called "PLEO delegates" (Party Leaders and Elected Officials) and are members of Congress or Democratic National Committee members.

Source: See main debate page for full issue excerpts.


Cory Booker drops out: Jan. 13, 2020

On eve of pre-Iowa-caucus debate

    Senator Booker suspended his campaign after not making the cutoff for the January 14 debate in Iowa.


United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground, by Cory Booker 29 excerpts from Booker
(including book review on main page).
The Prize, by Dale Russakoff 10 excerpts from Booker
(including book review on main page).
Promises Kept & Promises Broken, by Jesse Gordon 12 excerpts from Booker
November Primary Debate, in Atlanta, hosted by MSNBC 7 excerpts from Booker
September Primary Debate, hosted by ABC News and Univision 8 excerpts from Booker
July Primary Debate, in Detroit Michigan 10 excerpts from Booker
June Primary Debate, in Miami, Florida 11 excerpts from Booker
Democratic Primary excerpts, from outside of the debates 7 excerpts from Booker
LGBTQ Town Hall, hosted by CNN in Los Angeles 7 excerpts from Booker
2019 CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall, 7-hour marathon broadcast 9 excerpts from Booker
NPR Morning Edition survey, March thru July 2019 4 excerpts from Booker
ABC This Week interviews, by Martha Raddatz 6 excerpts from Booker
Trump Impeachment, comments by candidate and elected officials 5 excerpts from Booker

Source: See Cory Booker's main page for full issue stances.


Lincoln Chafee announces for presidency, Jan. 6, 2020

Former Rhode Island Senator and Former Rhode Island Governor

    Lincoln Chafee has been elected as a Republican and a Democrat and an Independent; and has served as Mayor, Senator, and Governor. He is now announcing his candidacy for the Liberatarian Party nomination for the presidency. Below is our past coverage, highlighting at each time which party he was in.

Against the Tide, by Lincoln Chafee 27 excerpts from Chafee
(including book review with his political history).
2016 Presidential campaign website 6 excerpts from Chafee
(Chafee ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination).
2015 CNN Democratic primary debate, Five candidates in Las Vegas 13 excerpts from Chafee
(Chafee debated against Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on October 13, 2015).
2014 Governor's State of the State speeches 4 excerpts from Chafee
(Chafee was elected Governor of Rhode Island as an Independent).
Speeches at the 2012 Democratic National Convention 3 excerpts from Chafee
(Chafee spoke at the renomination convention for Barack Obama).

Source: See Lincoln Chafee's main page for full issue stances.


Julian Castro drops out: Jan. 2-10, 2020

Also, Marianne Williamson dismantles campaign

  • Jan. 2: Former Mayor and Former Cabinet Secretary Julian Castro withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary, saying "it simply isn't our time."

  • Jan. 3: Author Marianne Williamson, who participated in several presidential debates, has terminated all her campaign staff.

  • Jan. 4: Williamson says she is not suspending her campaign, but will continue to seek the Democratic nomination without staff.

  • Jan. 6: Castro endorses Senator Elizabeth Warren for president

  • Jan. 10: Williamson formally suspends presidential campaign, saying "I don't want to get in the way of a progressive candidate winning."

An Unlikely Journey, by Julian Castro 9 excerpts from Castro
(including book review on main page).
Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson 16 excerpts from Williamson
(including analysis of her 2019-20 campaign strategy on main page).
Politico 2020Dems: interviews summer-autumn 2019 11 excerpts from Castro
10 excerpts from Williamson
NBC News, "Decision 2020":
first Democratic primary debate, Miami, June 26-27, 2019
9 excerpts from Castro
3 excerpts from Williamson
Second Democratic candidates debate/a>:
Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019
11 excerpts from Castro
6 excerpts from Williamson
"2020 Candidate Stands":
PBS News Hour series
8 excerpts from Castro
Williamson did not participate in this series, nor any of the following.
Jacobin Magazine:
"Socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture"
8 excerpts from Castro
Mayoral press releases:
As Mayor of San Antonio, 2009-2014
3 excerpts from Castro
Obama Cabinet members actions and issues:
As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 2014-2017
4 excerpts from Castro
Speech at the Democratic National Convention:
in Charlotte NC, Sept. 4-6, 2012
3 excerpts from Castro

Source: See Mayor Castro's main page and Ms. Williamson's main page for full issue stances.


Sixth Democratic primary debate: Dec. 19, 2019

7 contenders at UCLA, co-hosted by PBS Newshour and Politico.com

Source: Excerpts from Dec. 19th Democratic primary debate.


Impeachment Reports, Dec. 2-13, 2019

Excerpts from Congressional Reports plus Minority Dissent

Source: OTI Archives on 2019-2020 impeachment.


Kamala Harris drops out: Dec. 3, 2019

Also Joe Sestak dropped out on Dec 1; and Steve Bullock dropped out on Dec. 2


The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris 24 excerpts from Harris
Sestak and Bullock have no political books.
Politico 2020Dems: interviews summer-autumn 2019 13 excerpts from Harris
4 excerpts from Bullock
Sestak did not participate in this series.
ABC News and Univision Democratic candidates debate, Sept. 12, 2019 8 excerpts from Harris
Sestak and Bullock did not participate in this debate.
CNN "State of the Union" interviews summer-autumn 2019 6 excerpts from Harris
3 excerpts from Bullock
Sestak did not participate in this series.
Media coverage of the Democratic primary, spring-autumn 2019 12 excerpts from Harris
7 excerpts from Bullock
3 excerpts from Sestak
NBC News, "Decision 2020":
first Democratic primary debate, Miami, June 26-27, 2019
2 excerpts from Harris
Sestak and Bullock did not participate in this debate.
2019 "Meet the Candidates" presidential series on NYTimes.com spring 2019 1 excerpt from Harris
9 excerpts from Bullock
Sestak did not participate in this series.
Media coverage of each candidates' 2016 election 13 excerpts from Harris in CA Senate race
9 excerpts from Bullock in MT Gov. race
6 excerpts from Sestak in PA Senate race

Source: See Sen. Harris' main page and Gov. Bullock's main page and Rep. Sestak's main page for full issue stances.


Fifth Democratic primary debate: Nov. 20, 2019

10 contenders in Atlanta, hosted by MSNBC

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


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


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.


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