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Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

Jan. 22, 2019 9:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That wasn't enough for some of his party's most liberal...

Elizabeth Warren planning 1st trip to South Carolina

Jan. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is making her first trip to early voting South Carolina since launching her exploratory bid for a possible 2020 presidential run. Warren's organization tells The Associated Press on Sunday that she is planning to visit Columbia on Wednesday for an...

GOP senators try to figure how out closely to run with Trump

Jan. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner helped mastermind the GOP's midterm strategy of pushing Senate candidates closer to President Donald Trump. But heading into his own 2020 re-election bid in Colorado, he's allowing more distance with the not-so-popular president. And he's not alone. Sen. Thom...

Trump staffing up to fend off potential primary challenge

Jan. 18, 2019 9:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is staffing up to fend off any potential primary challenger. The Virginia-based campaign is announcing Friday that former White House official Nick Trainer will lead its delegate and party organization efforts ahead of the 2020 Republican...

MLK holiday represents big moment for 2020 Democrats

Jan. 18, 2019 1:22 AM EST

Monday's observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eyeing the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues in American politics: race. At least a half dozen declared or potential presidential candidates will attend...

McAuliffe uses state PAC to help Iowa, NH Democrats

Jan. 17, 2019 3:30 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has dusted off his old state political action committee to accept big donations and cut checks to Democratic parties in early-voting states as he weighs a presidential run, campaign finance records show. McAuliffe's PAC raised more than $300,000 in...

Sen. Sherrod Brown to tour early states before 2020 decision

Jan. 15, 2019 9:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Sherrod Brown is launching a tour of three states that cast pivotal early votes in the 2020 presidential primary. The move from the Ohio Democrat is a key step before he decides whether to launch a campaign for the White House. Brown won a third term in November on the strength of a...

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand jumps into 2020 presidential race

Jan. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entered the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Tuesday, telling television host Stephen Colbert that she's launching an exploratory committee. "It's an important first step, and it's one I am taking because I am going to run," the New York...

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

Jan. 14, 2019 9:20 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of speculation and secrecy, the 2020 presidential primary season is about to explode. With several Democrats already in the race, a half dozen more are locking down final travel, staffing and strategy to launch White House bids in the coming weeks. While plans may...

How long can O'Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him?

Jan. 13, 2019 3:08 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — You won't see Beto O'Rourke announce whether he's running for president in 2020 for a while. But you may see him do almost anything else in the meantime. "So, I'm here at the dentist," the former Democrat congressman said with a giggle during a teeth-cleaning seen live on Instagram...