The first night of the Democratic debate has arrived and we’ve scoured Twitter to find you the headlines you can’t afford to miss.
Will Elizabeth Warren maintain her double-digit status? Can Joe Biden overcome the generational issues and missteps he’s come to know on the campaign trail thus far? Will Rachel Maddow prevail as top moderator considering there’s a Chuck Todd type (it’s actually him) in the room? All of this and more remains to be seen – but first:
These are moderators for the #DemDebate:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 24, 2019
20 candidates. 2 nights. 1 goal: Take back the White House in 2020. RT and raise your hand if you’re ready for the first #DemDebate 🙋🏾♀️🙋♀️🙋🏻♀️🙋🏽♂️🙋🏼♂️🙋🏿♂️
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) June 24, 2019
Elizabeth Warren is the only candidate on the first night of Democratic debates who is polling in double digits, but there are plenty of intriguing story lines and political dynamics to watch for https://t.co/g3hAp8DL7R
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 26, 2019
Telemundo got 14th Biscayne roped off for the debates. pic.twitter.com/XkljMvikXt
— BLVD BLVK (@blvd_blvk) June 26, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) June 26, 2019
— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) June 26, 2019
— J̶O̷N̶ (@_memorable2) June 26, 2019
Just landed back in Miami. So excited I will get to see my husband, my dog and the first debate of this election season! Dear God, let us wake-up from this national nightmare. https://t.co/HEtozSBaRD
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) June 26, 2019
Inevitable footage of me watching the debates pic.twitter.com/ezMrY6Iqr9
— Busty Shackleford (@gin__erso) June 26, 2019
It’s #DemDebate week:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 24, 2019
Who’s coming to Miami to watch the #DemDebate with me???
Invite here: https://t.co/lTz4KDNKxQ
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) June 24, 2019
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 26, 2019
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Michael Bloomberg Preparing Presidential Run – Could File This Week
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is preparing a presidential run as a Democrat. The self-made billionaire who has been a registered Democrat, a registered Republican, a registered Independent, and once again as of last year a registered Democrat will file papers in Alabama before that state’s deadline Friday.
“Should Mr. Bloomberg proceed with a campaign, it could represent a seismic disruption in the Democratic race,” The New York Times reports, adding that he could be “a grave and instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.”
Howard Wolfson, a close advisor to the former mayor says: “We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated — but Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Julián Castro Says His Campaign Is ‘In Dire Need’ of Funds – and He’s Out if He Can’t Raise $800k in Ten Days
Julián Castro says he will have to pull out of the Democratic presidential primary if he does not raise $800,000 in the next ten days. Castro, a former HUD Secretary, says he will be forced to stop campaigning if he does not reach his financial goals by the end of the month.
“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people,” Castro said in an email to supporters, as Buzzfeed reports.
“If I can’t make the next debate stage, we cannot sustain a campaign that can make it to Iowa in February,” Castro continued. “My presidential campaign is in dire need of financial resources to keep going.”
U.S. Senator Cory Booker had made a similar announcement last month, telling supporters he would need to drop out if he did not raise $1.7 million by the end of September. He pulled in more than $2.1 million over that last nine days or so, leading to his strongest fundraising month of his campaign.
Castro is consistently polling around 1% and has never gotten above the 2% mark, according to RealClear Politics.
‘This Is a Real Warning’: Ex-Campaign Aide Bluntly States Clinton Didn’t Go Far Enough Criticizing Tulsi Gabbard
On MSNBC Saturday, former Clinton campaign official and director of SiriusXM progressive programming Zerlina Maxwell said that not only did Hillary Clinton do nothing wrong for criticizing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), she should have if anything gone even harder.
“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.
“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”
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