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Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

Sep. 21, 2019 3:16 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Barack Obama marched into the 2007 Iowa steak fry flanked by 1,000 supporters, skeptical Iowans were put on notice that he could win the caucus. A dozen years later, a new generation of Democratic White House hopefuls are looking to pull off a repeat performance to turbocharge...

American, Australian luminaries gather at White House dinner

Sep. 20, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A glittering crowd of American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely "celebrating" even as serious matters of national security and presidential politics combined to cast a cloud over President Donald Trump. Not long before...

Is America ready for gay president? Iowa casts first votes

Sep. 20, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president? That prompted a woman in the crowd to object with an...

Arizona Democrats debate opening primary to independents

Sep. 20, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A group of independents and some Democrats are making a longshot push to convince the Arizona Democratic Party to open its presidential primary to voters who decline to join a political party. The effort is forcing Democratic activists to weigh their inclusive values against fears of...

Warren's momentum spurs new attacks from 2020 rivals

Sep. 20, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

Elizabeth Warren has enjoyed a heady summer of massive crowds and endless selfie lines as she steadily climbs in Democratic presidential primary polls. With the apparent success comes a new reality: She's now a prime target for rivals and their supporters. Some of the offensives are direct, with Pete Buttigieg...

Correction: Election 2020-Democrats story

Sep. 20, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Sept. 20 about Democratic political strategies, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Amy Klobuchar was touring Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. She was also touring Michigan. A corrected version of the story is below: Democrats shift 2020 strategies as Iowa draws...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

Rhode Island GOP switches to "winner-take-all" primary vote

Sep. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Republican party is changing its primary election process in an effort to boost President Donald Trump's re-election bid. The Providence Journal reports the state GOP voted Thursday to switch to a "winner-take-all" approach in its local primary. Any candidate claiming...

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

O'Rourke says he's open to broadening gun buyback proposal

Sep. 19, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he's open to broadening his proposal to require owners of AK-47s and AR-15s to sell them to the government. During an emotional town hall Thursday near the site of the Colorado theater shooting, a man who identified himself as a...