With the entrance Tuesday of Montana Democratic Governor Steve Bullock in the 2020 presidential race, Democratic voters are urging the nearly two dozen White House hopefuls to reconsider their campaigns and set their sights on a Senate seat instead of the Oval Office.
Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted his strategy was to wait for all the other Democrats to enter the race before declaring his candidacy. That was nearly three weeks ago, and two more candidates have since announced their candidacy.
Some Americans, presumably Democrats, are taking to Twitter to urge some of the 23-candidate strong field to reconsider, and run for the Senate instead. Others are made a plea asking party favorites, like Stacey Abrams, to run for Senate.
It’s not an unreasonable request for candidates who want to serve the public.
The 2020 elections will include 34 U.S. Senate seats. 22 of them are currently held by Republicans, and many Republicans are rather unpopular, especially those who have tied their fates to President Donald Trump.
And given that the Senate is currently under the control of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, many on the left desperately want to grab control of the chamber. McConnell has greatly enabled President Trump, and is packing the federal courts with his extremist nominees, and at a rate not seen in modern history. He’s also said many bills from the Democratically-controlled House will be DOA, bragging he will be the “Grim Reaper.”
Here’s the current list of 23 top tier Democrats running for President. In bold are seven current sitting U.S. Senators:
Daniel Nichanian offers this example:
O’Rourke, Hickenlooper, Bullock, and Castro, who could run for Senate against GOP incumbents (in TX/CO/MT/TX) but are running for president instead, are polling at 2%, 1%, 0%, and 0%. https://t.co/M35Toxuxs2
— Taniel (@Taniel) May 12, 2019
And here’s a look at some others urging Democrats to withdraw from the presidential race and run for Senate:
There are only four or five Dems that have any shot at the nomination. Probably fewer than that. If you are one of the other 17 or 18 running and you can, please go run for the Senate in your home state and beat a Republican.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) May 14, 2019
Can some of these folks running for president PLEASE run for Senate instead?
— Holy Bullies (@holybullies) May 14, 2019
Democrats you can run for Senate you know
— Adam P (@Pulvinator) May 14, 2019
👖 DEMOCRATIC PARTY
🗣 WHITE MEN
💵 ITCHING FOR
forget about the presidency. go run for the Senate and make sure you make saving Voting Rights and abolishing the Electoral College part of your platform
— Liza Sabater 🇵🇷👸🏾🌹 (@blogdiva) May 14, 2019
Dear Democrats: YOU’RE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO RUN FOR SENATE INSTEAD OF PRESIDENT.
— Willow 🍞🎪🔥 (@RockShrimp) May 14, 2019
can people please run for senate and not president pic.twitter.com/OiqzECNXtN
— Adam J. Smith (@AdamJSmithGA) May 14, 2019
Beto, just fucking run for Senate, my dude. Everybody will go back to loving you, I promise.
— Henry Kraemer 🌹🌇🚎 (@HenryKraemer) May 14, 2019
Beto is polling at 2%. He could beat Cornyn in TX.
Hickenlooper is polling at 1%. He could beat Gardner in CO.
Bullock is polling at 0%. He could beat Daines in MT.
Stacey Abrams isn’t even running. She could beat Perdue in GA.
We *need* the Senate in 2020.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 12, 2019
Beto: you’re job here is done. You paved the way for Buttigieg. Now back home and run for Senate instead.
— John Bechard (@JohnBechard) May 14, 2019
And lest we believe twitter is not real life, these are exactly the comments you hear over and over again in Montana if you talk to people outside the governor’s immediate bubble.
— Kathleen McLaughlin (@kemc) May 9, 2019
Almost every reply to this is “run for Senate” https://t.co/S4unETucaj
— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) May 14, 2019
Republican Steve Daines of Montana is up for reelection. Fucking run for Senate, not president, @GovernorBullock
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) May 13, 2019
Yes! Run for the senate
— Carol Layne (@keddle01) May 14, 2019
1. Who’s that?
3. Go get ‘em Cory Booker!
4. … and who’s that?
5. Mayor Pete
6. Julian Castro
7. … who’s that again?
8. Never Tulsi
9.Never Never Gillibrand
11. Hickenlooper needs to run for Senate
— Nancy Koerner (@downboy1013) May 14, 2019
Dem 2020 candidates ranked:
— Cameron Walkup (@cbwalkup) May 14, 2019
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Church Bells and Light Shows Across the Country Will Ring in Biden-Harris Administration
New details were released Thursday by the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) on behalf of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. In addition to the incoming president leading a memorial to honor American lives lost to COVID-19, light shows across the country will also take place.
The church-bell ringings and light shows across the country will take place on Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. ET. A D.C. ceremony, led by Biden, will feature lights around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool — the first time lighting around the Reflecting Pool has memorialized American lives lost.
“PIC is inviting cities and towns around the country to join Washington, D.C., in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET [15 minutes after sunset] in a national moment of unity and remembrance,” the committee said. “The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey.”
The PIC statement continued, “However, in the midst of a pandemic — when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors — it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in the nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to end the pandemic and rebuild our nation.”
“President-elect Biden’s unwavering commitment to the safety of the American people is our North Star as we plan an inauguration that protects public health while honoring inaugural traditions and engaging Americans across the country. We are excited to share more information soon about the new and innovative ways all Americans can watch and participate in a historic inauguration that will unify our country,” said PIC Executive Director Maju Varghese.
“The pandemic is continuing to have a significant public health impact across the nation. Americans everywhere must do their part to slow the spread of the virus: wear masks, stay home, and limit gatherings. We are asking Americans to participate in inaugural events from home to protect themselves, their families, friends, and communities,” said PIC Chief Medical Advisor Dr. David Kessler.
The PIC will continue to announce further details about events and how Americans can participate as it becomes available in the coming weeks.
President-Elect Biden: Trump’s Mishandling of the Transition is ‘Nothing Short’ of ‘Irresponsibility’
President-elect Joe Biden made it clear Monday that his incoming administration will be operating from a disadvantage on day one if the Trump administration didn’t start cooperating immediately.
“From some agencies, our team received exemplary cooperation … from others, most notable, the Department of Defense, we encountered obstruction from the political leadership of that department,” Biden said in remarks delivered after a briefing with his national security and foreign policy advisers.
“Right now, as our nation is in a period of transition, we need to make sure that nothing is lost in the hand-off between administrations,” Biden said. “My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and our operations to deter our enemies.”
He then added, “We need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch up that our adversaries may try to exploit.”
Biden then called out the current administration for their “irresponsibility” in protecting the nation.
“Right now, we just aren’t getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas,” he said. “It’s nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility. Rebuilding the full set of our instruments of foreign policy and national security is a key challenge that the Vice President-elect Harris and I will face upon taking office, starting with our diplomacy.”
Watch the video below.
President-elect Biden delivers remarks following his briefing with national security and foreign policy agency review team members. Tune in: https://t.co/GhYVOPiHw8
— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) December 28, 2020
Buttigieg on Ambassador James Hormel: ‘He Helped Pave the Way’
Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg served as the 32nd mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 to 2020 before running as a presidential candidate against his potential new boss, Biden.
If approved, Buttigieg would become the nation’s first out Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary.
“This weekend I had the privilege of talking with Ambassador James Hormel, who broke a barrier as the first openly LGBTQ nominee sent to the Senate,” Buttigieg tweeted on Sunday. “Ultimately he was denied even a vote and served through a recess appointment—but helped pave the way for so many, including me.”
This weekend I had the privilege of talking with Ambassador James Hormel, who broke a barrier as the first openly LGBTQ nominee sent to the Senate. Ultimately he was denied even a vote and served through a recess appointment—but helped pave the way for so many, including me. pic.twitter.com/8UYh3O3Mta
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 20, 2020
Two hours earlier, Buttigieg tweeted, “Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources. In the Biden-Harris administration, we will make righting these wrongs an imperative.”
Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources.
In the Biden-Harris administration, we will make righting these wrongs an imperative.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 20, 2020
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