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The Latest: Dems announce 20 candidates who made 1st debates

Jun. 13, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the first Democratic presidential debates (all times local): 6 p.m. The Democratic National Committee has announced the 20 candidates who have qualified for the party's first presidential primary debates later this month. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was the most high-profile candidate left off the...

Democrats worry as Trump unleashes money on 2020 digital ads

Jun. 13, 2019 5:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Democrats wage a wide open primary , President Donald Trump is blanketing battleground states with online advertising that could help set the narrative heading into the 2020 campaign. The blitz of ads run recently in states including Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania...

Official tells Florida Democrats to expect recount in 2020

Jun. 8, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The new voter protection director for Florida Democrats told party activists on Saturday that they should assume there will be a recount during next year's presidential election. "We are going to be prepared," Brandon Peters told a packed room of Democratic activists at the...

DNC chairman: Debate rules fair despite candidate complaints

Jun. 6, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid criticism of Democratic National Committee debate rules for the 2020 election, Chairman Tom Perez on Thursday defended his decisions to raise the qualifying threshold for later debates and to reject the idea of one-issue debates, even for matters as grave as the climate crisis. "The...

Trailing candidates angry over new Democratic debate rules

May. 30, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

Frustration over how the Democratic National Committee is managing the upcoming presidential debates is bursting into the open as several longshot candidates say the party is stacking the process against them. Most of the two dozen declared candidates will be able to participate in the first debate of the 2020...

Town hall on enemy turf? Fox News debate divides 2020 Dems

May. 21, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders appeared on a Fox News town hall and attracted nearly 2.6 million viewers. Elizabeth Warren turned down a similar chance while branding the network a "hate-for-profit racket." Pete Buttigieg used Fox News' own air to criticize two of its most popular personalities. Whether...

Warren turns down a televised town hall on Fox News

May. 14, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Elizabeth Warren is saying no to a televised town hall on Fox News, slamming the network as "a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists." Several of Warren's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have already held or agreed to hold...

Casey lobbies for Democratic primary debate in Pennsylvania

Apr. 22, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is lobbying for a presidential primary debate in his home state, which is a projected battleground in the 2020 presidential election. Casey's letter Monday to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says holding a primary debate...