In the week following the third presidential primary debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continued to make gains in polls across the country. Her primary rivals have taken notice and are ratcheting up the attacks on the Massachusetts senator. Catch up on these developments as well as what the other 2020 candidates have been up to in our latest 2020 overview.
Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden
Tenuous Frontrunner Status: New polling suggests that Biden’s frontrunner status is slipping as Warren continues to make gains among primary voters.
Fresh Endorsements: In the last week, Biden has received endorsements from Reps. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Charlie Crist (D-FL), and Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar,
Shades Of Obama: The former vice president has taken criticism from outlets like The Washington Post for leaning heavily on the accomplishments of the Obama administration.
Shots From The Left: Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said Biden is not the kind of presidential candidate needed to lead sweeping societal change. “There are few people who fit into the kind of progress that we all want to see in this country,” Omar told The Guardian on Saturday. “And I would say he is not one of them.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders
One Million Donors: According to his campaign, one million people have donated to Sanders’ presidential campaign, making him the first candidate to announce reaching that milestone.
No More Medical Debt: On top of his “Medicare for all” proposal, Sanders’s unveiled a new plan to wipe out an estimated $81 billion in existing medical debt and ignore such debt in credit scores.
Housing Plan: Last week, Sanders released a $2.5 trillion plan to guarantee housing for every American. Sanders said the plan would “guarantee every American — regardless of income — a fundamental right to a safe, decent, accessible, and affordable home” and would be paid for by a wealth tax on the top one-tenth of 1 percent of income earners.
Staffing Shakeup: Sanders parted ways with his Iowa political director in recent weeks, his campaign confirmed last week, part of a series of recent staff shake-ups in key early states. The campaign announced in March that Jess Mazour would be political director in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, part of a first wave of early state hires. She is no longer on the team.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Rivals Target Warren: Coinciding with her rise in national polls, Warren’s 2020 rivals are beginning to turn up the attacks on her. Biden knocked her “Medicare For All” proposal for raising people’s taxes, Buttigieg called her “evasive” on how she would pay for the plan, Sanders’ team lashed out after she declined to support his housing proposal.
New York Rally: Last week, Warren held the biggest rally for her campaign yet in New York City. Her campaign estimated over 20,000 people turned out to hear the senator from Massachusetts.
Campaign Finance Hypocrisy: Warren recently called on lobbyists to be banned from fundraising and donating to campaigns, however Federal Election Commission filings and lobbying disclosure reports show that she accepted at least $95,000 in the 2012 and 2018 cycles.
Sen. Kamala Harris
Problems In California: Harris is trailing considerably in her home state, well behind front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren and even lagging long-shot hopeful Andrew Yang, according a poll of California Democratic voters released last week.
Trouble In Iowa, Too: Harris’ support is also plunging in Iowa, where she’s seen a 13-point drop since July, according to a new poll. In response, Harris is changing her campaign strategy and making a big bet on the Iowa caucuses, committing time and resources to the first-in-the-nation Democratic presidential contest.
Back To Kavanaugh: Harris called for a new investigation into the latest sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joining a number of other 2020 presidential hopefuls.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
New Health Care Plan: Buttigieg unveiled his health care plan last week, outlining a middle-of-the-road approach that allows people to opt into a government-backed health insurance option but lets them keep their private insurance plans if they like them.
Mayoral Endorsements: Last week, fifty-eight U.S. mayors announced their endorsements of Buttigieg.
Natural Disaster Preparedness: Buttigieg released his plan to improve the United States’ disaster preparedness last week, pledging to set up a disaster commission within his first 100 days in office and launch a National Catastrophic Extreme Weather insurance program.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke
O’Rourke escalated his feud with Senate Minority Leader Chuck E. Schumer (D-NY) last week, asserting that his fellow Democrat has accomplished “absolutely nothing” on gun control.
In a sign that his campaign is losing traction, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), who had previously endorsed Castro’s campaign, announced that he was switching his support to Biden.