2020 candidates took a short break from the campaign trail over the Thanksgiving holiday and are back at it this week. While it was mostly quiet on the campaign front, there seems to be trouble brewing for several candidates. Sen. Kamala Harris continues to struggle to keep her flailing campaign afloat, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has seen her polling numbers crater, and former Vice President Joe Biden was knocked behind closed doors by President Obama.
Catch up on the biggest horse race developments in this week’s 2020 recap.
Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden
“Really Doesn’t Have It”: If sources are to be believed, Former President Obama reportedly told a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate that his former Vice President doesn’t have what it takes to win the Oval Office. According to a report from Politico’s Ryan Lizza, “With one candidate, [Obama] pointed out that during his own 2008 campaign, he had an intimate bond with the electorate, especially in Iowa, that he no longer has. Then he added, ‘And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.’”
“No Malarkey” Bus Tour: Biden, always on the pulse of what’s new and cool, kicked off his “No Malarkey” bus tour in Iowa this week as he seeks to regain momentum among the state’s voters ahead of the February caucuses.
Sen. Bernie Sanders
The AOC Life Preserver: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has become a star in liberal political circles and her influence could significantly boost Sanders’ chances of winning the 2020 Democratic nomination, BuzzFeed News writes.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Polling Nosedive: Warren’s rise in the polls has shifted into reverse as attacks from her Democratic rivals over her Medicare for All plan appear to be taking a toll. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s support among Democratic primary voters nationwide plunged 50 percent (or 14 points) over the last month. The new poll shows Biden leading the field with support from 24% of primary voters while Warren lags behind with 14% support.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
“A Lying MF”: Struggling to gain momentum among black voters, Buttigieg suffered another PR setback last week when an editor for The Root wrote an op-ed calling the Indiana mayor a “lying MF” for how he has talked about education in the black community.
Sen. Kamala Harris
Bad Headlines Piling Up: Most of the news coming from the Harris camp the last few weeks has been about how her candidacy has fallen apart. In an enlightening expose, The New York Times continues the trend with an article detailing “How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled.”