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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Endorses Joe Biden Following Debate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden may not have scored a “Perfect 10” for his performance on the pre-presidential American stage last night, but he didn’t completely miss the mark either. In fact, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms just submitted her endorsement for Biden mere hours after the debate.

Bottoms attended the debate at the invitation of Biden’s wife Jill.

“For me, it was most important that we have a president who doesn’t have to walk in the door and figure out where the light switch is, that we have somebody who can lead on Day One,” said Bottoms.

Here were some of Biden’s best quotes from the evening:

“I’m against any Democrat who wants to take down Obamacare,” Biden said, taking an implicit shot at Sanders, would replace Obamacare with a single-payer plan.

“You cannot let people who are sick — no matter where they came from, no matter their status — go uncovered…it’s not humane,” Biden said.

Turning the focus on American success and the economy, Biden offered, “Donald Trump thinks Wall Street built America. Ordinary middle-class Americans built America.”

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2020 Road to the White House

Two LGBTQ Democratic Presidential Candidate Events – Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang Won’t Participate in Either

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Andrew Yang are the only two top Democratic presidential candidates who are declining to participate in both LGBTQ candidate forums. The first, hosted by GLAAD, The Advocate, The Gazetteand One Iowa, will be held Friday evening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The second, hosted by HRC and CNN will take place in October in Los Angeles.

The ten Democratic presidential candidates who agreed to participate in Friday’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum are Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Julián Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Sestak, and Marianne Williamson, according to The Advocate. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke appears to be the only other top Democratic candidate who will not be participating in Friday’s event, but he is slated to participate in the second event.

The LGBTQ Presidential Forum can be watched live via YouTube (video embedded below) starting at 7PM Central, 8 PM Eastern.

The evening will be hosted by “Pose” star Angelica Ross, who wasn’t shy about comments she was receiving about Senator Sanders’ decision to decline to participate.

She later tweeted this explanation:

The Advocate reported Senator Sanders is “the only frontrunner who will miss both events aimed at discussing LGBTQ equality and rights,” noting his “team has cited ‘scheduling conflicts’ for both events.”

Friday’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum is open to all Democratic presidential candidates. Next month’s HRC/CNN LGBTQ Town Hall is limited to only those who meet the DNC’s debate requirements. Nine candidates have agreed to participate in October. They are: Tom Steyer, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

Watch Friday’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum here:

 

 

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Warren Wins Endorsement of Progressive Organization That Backed Sanders in ’16

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A top progressive organization that backed Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2016 presidential primary over Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday announced it is endorsing Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Working Families Party’s endorsement, The New York Times reports, is “a boon to her candidacy as she attempts to position herself as the main challenger to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.”

The Times adds that “Warren continues to make inroads among the party’s progressive base.” And it call the endorsement “one of the few by an influential progressive organization this early in the primary,” which “is sure to turn heads among left-leaning Democrats who are desperate to defeat the current front-runner, Mr. Biden, in a primary election where their party’s ideological future is at stake.”

Tens of thousands of  Working Families Party members chose to throw their weight behind Sen. Warren on the first ballet, with the Massachusetts Democrat earning more than 60 percent of the vote.

“Senator Warren knows how to kick Wall Street kleptocrats where it hurts, and she’s got some truly visionary plans to make this country work for the many,” Working Families Party’s national director Maurice Mitchell said.

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‘RIP GOP’: Polling Expert Predicts Devastating Trump 2020 Electoral Wipeout

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Democratic pollster and strategist Stanley Greenberg went on CNN Monday to explain why he believes President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are headed toward a historic and humiliating defeat in the 2020 elections.

In an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Greenberg discussed his new book called “RIP GOP” in which he makes a case that Trump’s presidency has shifted public opinion in Democrats’ favor while repelling moderate voters from the Republican Party.

“I think what happened going into 2016 is Donald Trump took over the Tea Party base of the party, allied it with evangelicals and took the party to a very extreme end,” he said. “I believe… Donald Trump’s election will speed the defeat of the Republican Party because of its dominance by the Tea Party and evangelicals, which won’t consider compromise, which won’t consider a multicultural America in a part of our future. And I also thought it would speed up the resistance and also people’s consciousness of what they believe and their values, and all of that has happened.”

To this end, Greenberg is predicting a blowout win for Democrats in 2020, as he’s projecting the Democratic nominee will win a whopping 385 electoral votes, whereas Trump will win just 153.

“Every trend is moving away from the Republicans,” Greenberg said. “More and more territory will be in play.”

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