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    The commision oversees the debates between the final candidates, has nothing to do with the R & D primary debates.......


    -- The Commission on Presidential Debates is now accepting applications from sites interested in hosting a 2020 presidential or vice presidential debate. The requirements include: "A debate hall of at least 15,000 square feet that is air conditioned. ... Nearby hotels that can provide 3,000 rooms for the event." The deadline is April 2. CPD will announce the general election debate sites this fall. More info


    -- Democratic presidential candidate REP. JOHN DELANEY (MD.) is paying for 14 Georgetown law students and two faculty members to go to a detention center in Dilley, Texas. The students and professors will spend a week helping provide legal aid to asylum seekers, according to a Delaney spokesman. Student groups will also go in May and December. Delaney is also scheduled to tour the facility and meet with families tomorrow. John and April Delaney donated $40,000 to the Georgetown Human Rights Institute for the effort. Delaney is a Georgetown Law alum.



    After two months of behind-the-scenes jockeying since the midterms, Democrats' race for president is about to burst into the open with a series of candidacy announcements and staff hires, 2020 operatives tell me.

    • "This has been a slow dance," one top strategist said. "No one was in a rush — people said they would make a decision over the holidays. Now, the pace is about to change fast."

    A wave of announcements, like the one Sen. Elizabeth Warren made on New Year's Eve morning, is planned for the next few weeks.



    • The hopefuls need to raise money, and need an organization for housing the aides they want to hire to take them off the hot 2020 job market.
    • Look for announcements this month by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and likely others.
    • "They need a vehicle," the strategist said. That could include an exploratory committee or a full candidacy.

    I'm told that "the Bs" — Biden, Bernie, Beto and the billionaires, including Mike Bloomberg — can wait longer because they'll be able to quickly raise money.



    • Be smart: A veteran of Democratic presidential campaigns said top aides will start to jump to campaigns this month. But many of the "big-time consultants, many of whom have multiple possible 2020 clients," will take longer.

    P.S. ... Former Vice President Biden has created a "campaign in waiting" while earning substantial wealth for the first time, "building a network of nonprofits and academic centers that are staffed by his closest strategists and advisers," the N.Y. Times' Kevin Sack and Alex Burns report.



    • Golden nugget: A contract for a Biden speech at the University of Utah specified that there "would be no insertion of the word 'former' before 'vice president' in social media promotions."
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    So, Nancy Palooza and Pocahontas is the best DNC can do? The Donie will be laughing all the way to his second term. And meanwhile the phookin' Commies takin' over the Dark Side of the Moon... Oh well, a happy new year everyone.
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    2020 WATCH -- DAVID SIDERS: "'Not a whole lot of red lights': Beto O'Rourke leaning toward 2020 run": "Beto O'Rourke is leaning toward running for president, according to four people who have spoken with him or his advisers in recent days. But for a presidential contender, his radio silence is becoming increasingly awkward.


    "In Iowa and New Hampshire — where Democrats are accustomed to being courted aggressively by presidential contenders — calls from Democratic Party organizers to O'Rourke's advisers go unreturned. And a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday that O'Rourke won't make any decision before February and is preparing for a solo road trip — but avoiding early nominating states — bewildered even his supporters." POLITICO


    -- CHRIS CADELAGO: "Harris closes state campaign arm ahead of possible presidential run": "Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), moving closer to an anticipated presidential announcement, has shuttered her state campaign committee and is donating its roughly $1 million balance to a host of organizations, POLITICO has learned.


    "The decision to close down the nascent 'Harris for Governor 2026' committee — which essentially served as an account to park money she raised while serving as the state attorney general, before she was elected senator in 2016 — represents the latest sign that she's gearing up for a White House run." POLITICO
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    This graphic omits Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks who is toying with the idea of a run as an independent. The D's are very unhappy about that fearing that it will split the Trump oppo, just as Ralph Nader did in Florida in 2000 allowing Dubaya to squeak in.

    The state of 2020
    Sen. Cory Booker is in, he announced today. (See the video.)
    Here's our updated graphic tracking the field:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    it will split the Trump oppo
    You say that like it was a bad thing...
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    Here's the current field of Democrats from Wikipedia, Colorado Guv John Hickenlooper who is listed here as possible, made it official yesterday. Beto O'Rourke is the next expected to make it official, and Joe Biden has been indicating he is more likely than not to run. He may decide in April. There are now 12 decaled, and another 15 who have expressed interest.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_U...mocratic_Party


    Here's the full Wiki article.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_U...y_committees_2
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    Quote Originally Posted by TotalMayhem View Post
    You say that like it was a bad thing...
    On a month on, and there hasn't been a peep out of him.
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    Wapo......
    THE BIG IDEA: In Dallas last night, Howard Schultz seized on fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to run for president as a fresh rationale for his own likely bid.
    The retired Starbucks CEO cited the former New York mayor’s announcement as validation for his theory that the ideological gulf between the two major parties will be so wide in 2020 that an independent candidate like him just might be able to prevail.
    “The Democrats are pushing an agenda that is extremely so far left that, in my mind, it's very close to a socialistic agenda,” Schultz said at Southern Methodist University. “You saw today that one of the great mayors in modern history … decided not to run for president. He looked at the Democratic platform and realized that, as a centrist, he probably could not get the nomination.”
    -- Bloomberg came close to jumping in, by all accounts, but he concluded that his path to the Democratic nomination was too narrow to be worthwhile. “I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election. But I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field,” he wrote in a column for his eponymous news site.
    His pro-business centrism – including opposition to stricter regulations of Wall Street and a stop-and-frisk approach to criminal justice – would certainly have caused him countless headaches in his quest to become the party’s standard-bearer. “Some have told me that to win the Democratic nomination, I would need to change my views to match the polls,” Bloomberg wrote. “It’s not who I am, nor do I think it’s what voters want in a leader.”
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    Trump's 2020 Map from Hell
    Recent polling in a slew of states that carried President Trump to his thin win in 2016 show him starting 2020 in a deep hole.

    • What's new: Based on demographic changes, Republicans for the first time have authentic worries about Arizona, Georgia, Texas and other states they once took for granted.

    Why it matters: Trump's margin for error this time is much smaller, because he's being squeezed from the north and the south.

    • From the north: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are harder this time because Hillary Clinton, a turnoff for many working-class voters, won't be on the ballot.
    • From the south: Demographics are making North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Arizona more competitive, and realistically in play.
    • That's part of the reason for the fascination with more centrist Democrats like Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke and Joe Biden: The states that Trump won, but could easily lose, are swingy — not super-liberal.

    Among the holes in his 2016 map:

    • In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote after a statewide poll in January that Trump "has a precarious path to victory," based on the facts that his job approval was just 44%, opposition was more intense than support, and Democrats were more unified than Republicans.
    • In Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports that Trump faces "serious headwinds": "Less than half of likely voters believe he’s doing a good job, according to some recent polls, and many, if not most, plan to vote for someone else."
    • "Pennsylvania meltdown triggers Republican alarms," Politico wrote after the midterms. "A GOP collapse threatens to torpedo Donald Trump’s re-election prospects."
    • In last weekend's Iowa Poll, 67% of Republicans said they would definitely vote to re-elect Trump, while 27% said they would consider someone else or definitely vote for someone else. 40% want a GOP challenger.

    But Trump allies tell me their 2016 upsets reduce their current worry:

    • "He’s basically where he was and, depending on the poll, possibly better than where he was going into the 2016 general election," a current adviser said. "I wouldn’t say this is a bad place to be."
    • "Democrats will go through exactly what Republicans did in 2016," added an alumnus of Trump's campaign and White House. "The question is where they can coalesce around a single candidate — not sure that’s possible with all the differing factions."

    Be smart: "I’d sooner be the Dems than Trump," David Axelrod, Obama's campaign architect, told me. "He drew an inside straight in 2016 with narrow wins in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He is vulnerable today in each, with no obvious prospect of adding a state to his column in 2020."

    • But Axelrod added: "[P]residents often run better against an opponent than they do in the abstract, and Trump does have a kind of feral genius for caricaturing his foes and dominating the media."
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