Latest 2016 United States presidential election News

Bernie Sanders' opening argument: I am electable. Really.

Mar. 19, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders spent much of 2016 talking of revolution. In 2019, he's turned to a subject that's a bit more pragmatic: electability. As he revs up his second presidential campaign, the Vermont senator and his supporters are putting his case for winning the general election at the center...

The Latest: Warren supports elimination of electoral college

Mar. 18, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Elizabeth Warren supports the elimination of the electoral college, the most pointed instance of the Democratic presidential candidate opposing the polarizing mechanism the nation uses to...

Warren embraces underdog role as she faces 2020 challenges

Mar. 18, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent much of the last decade as a leader of the Democratic Party's liberal wing. But three and a half months into her presidential campaign, the Massachusetts senator is facing tough questions about fundraising and electability, along with lingering skepticism about her...

Beto O'Rourke says nothing in his past will hinder 2020 run

Mar. 18, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told supporters Sunday that he's never taken LSD and there's "nothing" he hasn't already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office. The former Texas congressman — who has become known for his...

The Latest: Booker says he would reverse transgender ban

Mar. 17, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker said Sunday night he would reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military if elected president. Speaking to a crowd of more...

Other 2020 Dems begin sharpening criticism of Beto O'Rourke

Mar. 17, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Back when he was still just teasing a presidential run, Beto O'Rourke told Vanity Fair he was "born to be in" the race. Now that he's campaigning to far greater media attention and much larger crowds than many Democrats who've been competing longer, they are taking offense at the...

The Latest: Biden's verbal slip draws Democrats' cheers

Mar. 17, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

The Latest on the Democratic contenders for president (all times Eastern): 9:05 p.m. A slip of the tongue by former Vice President Joe Biden might suggest he's leaning toward running for the White House again. In a keynote speech at a Saturday dinner for the Delaware Democratic Party, Biden boasted that he has...

O'Rourke: Being white male doesn't put me at disadvantage

Mar. 17, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Saturday that being a white man in a 2020 Democratic field that's so deeply diverse won't be a hindrance because his gender and race have given him inherent advantages for years. While he'd spoken before about his gender and race, O'Rourke had largely dodged...

Left or center? Democrats mull best options to beat Trump

Mar. 16, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — As she waited to meet former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a recent house party in Dubuque, attorney Connie O'Connor was anxious about the liberal direction of the Democratic presidential primary. "I know a lot of people who don't want to vote for Donald Trump but don't...

Gore: US getting close to political shift on climate change

Mar. 15, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore believes the U.S. is nearing a political tipping point, with the 2020 Democratic presidential field offering voters the chance to replace President Donald Trump with someone "committed heart and soul" to combating climate change. Gore, who emerged as a leading...