By Paul Kane The Washington Post Wed., Jan. 16, 2019 WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans have seen the same polling as everyone else. More than 50 per cent of Americans blame U.S. President Donald Trump and the GOP for the nearly four-week-long shutdown of some federal agencies, while just 29 per cent blame Democrats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. By a 63-to-32- per cent margin, voters oppose shutting down parts of the government as a bargaining chip to force Congress to provide more than $5 billion (U.S.) for a border wall, aQuinnipiac Poll found. But Republicans are in no hurry to get themselves out of this jam. Just look at their political geography. At home in Wyoming over the weekend, Republican Sen. John Barrasso attended several local GOP events and heard the same message everywhere. “Build the wall, build the wall, build the wall,” Barrasso recalled. He said Wyoming voters, who gave Trump almost 68 per cent of the vote in … [Read more...] about Why is the GOP sticking with Trump on border wall? Look at the 2020 Senate map.
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SAN ANTONIO - Julian Castro, the telegenic former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Obama-era cabinet member, launched his bid to become the nation's first Hispanic president Saturday, emphasizing a message of hope and diversity at a time when Americans are locked in angry debate over immigration and border security. "I am a candidate for president of the United States," the 44-year-old Castro told a crowd in San Antonio's historic Guadalupe Plaza, during a speech that frequently invoked the immigrant heritage that brought his family to the US from Mexico. Often called a rising star in the Democratic Party, Castro, who was Obama's housing secretary -- and the youngest member of that cabinet -- is expected to be part of a diverse field of candidates eager to challenge President Donald Trump. At a time when the federal government has been partly shut down over Trump's demand for funds to build a wall on the Mexican border, Castro sounded a contrasting message. He said San Antonio, a city … [Read more...] about News Obama protege Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race
SAN ANTONIO/WASHINGTON (AFP) - Julian Castro, the telegenic former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and an Obama-era Cabinet member, launched his bid on Saturday (Jan 12) to become the nation’s first Hispanic president, emphasizing a message of hope and diversity at a time when Americans are locked in angry debate over immigration and border security. “I am a candidate for president of the United States,” the 44-year-old Castro told a large crowd in San Antonio’s historic Guadalupe Plaza, in a speech that frequently invoked the immigrant heritage that brought his family to the US from Mexico. Often called a rising star in the Democratic Party, Castro, who was Obama’s secretary of housing – and the youngest member of that Cabinet – is expected to be part of a huge and diverse field of candidates eager to challenge President Donald Trump. At a time when the federal government has been partly shut down as Trump demands funds to build a wall on the … [Read more...] about Obama protege Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race
By Bill Barrow The Associated Press Kate Brumback Fri., Nov. 16, 2018 ATLANTA—Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race on Friday, but pledged to fight the former secretary of state’s “gross mismanagement” of the elections with a federal lawsuit. Speaking defiantly to a news conference, Abrams said her actions did not constitute a concession, but she acknowledged that she had no further recourse under the law and that Kemp would be certified the winner. “Let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession,” she said. “Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith I cannot concede that.” Officials from Abrams’ campaign had told The Associated Press on Thursday that the candidate was considering the unprecedented move of invoking a state law that would let her challenge the … [Read more...] about Stacey Abrams says she can’t win Georgia governor’s race
WASHINGTON Former US vice-president Joe Biden is the early leader for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination, a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day opinion poll found, in a field likely to quickly take shape as candidates seek to challenge Republican President Donald Trump. Mr Biden received 29 per cent of the support. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, finished second in the hypothetical field with 22 per cent. The rest of the poll was tied between Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California. All of the Democrats fared well in a popular vote hypothetical match-up against Trump. The poll found Mr Biden scored best hypothetically, beating Mr Trump 51 per cent to 39 per cent in the popular vote. The poll found Mr Sanders, Mr Booker and Ms Harris would also defeat Mr Trump nationally if the election were held today. Mr Trump did the best against Mr Booker, … [Read more...] about Joe Biden to lead 2020 Democratic race for White House: Poll