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‘This Is a Real Warning’: Ex-Campaign Aide Bluntly States Clinton Didn’t Go Far Enough Criticizing Tulsi Gabbard

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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.

Related: ‘Malevolent Kraken’: Tulsi Gabbard Mocked After Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Claim Russia Is Grooming a Woman Democrat

“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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2020 Road to the White House

Michael Bloomberg Preparing Presidential Run – Could File This Week

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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.

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Julián Castro Says His Campaign Is ‘In Dire Need’ of Funds – and He’s Out if He Can’t Raise $800k in Ten Days

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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.

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Trump to Appear at a South Carolina HBCU’s 2020 Candidate Forum on Criminal Justice Reform – With 9 Top Democrats

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Trump Polls in the Low Single Digits Among Black Voters

President Donald Trump will appear at a 2020 candidate forum to be held at a historically black college in South Carolina to discuss the future of criminal justice reform. Also confirmed to attend are nine top 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates.

The White House has confirmed Trump accepted the invitation to attend the Benedict College event, which will be held next weekend, October 25-27, according to The State. The surprising acceptance – Trump polls at just 4% or less among Black voters – “was closely-guarded by organizers, who feared the president would either change his mind or alienate those who had already committed to attending or participating.”

There was “initially little expectation he would choose to put himself in a scenario that could quickly turn politically toxic,” The State notes, adding that “Trump could face an embarrassingly low show of support” in the HBCU’s first-ever straw poll.

In August Politico reported on the Trump campaign’s desire to “woo” Black voters, saying “the campaign hopes that if it can shave just a few percentage points off Democrats’ overwhelming support among black voters, it can boost voter turnout in eight or so key states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — each of which Trump won in 2016 by less than 1 percentage point.” Those attempts so far have been shredded as a “waste of time.”

Benedict College’s website shows nine top Democrats confirmed to attend the “Second Step Presidential Justice Forum,” hosted by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, as does this Facebook posting from the college:

Confirmed, per the 20/20 Center are: Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Congressman John Delaney.

“A Quinnipiac University poll released on July 30 showed that 80 percent of African American voters surveyed consider Trump a racist,” Politico added.

It does not appear the candidates will be on stage together at the same time.

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