The 2020 candidates have been busy on the campaign trail in the lead up to tonight’s third primary debate, with the top candidates releasing new plans, jockeying for position, and setting the table for their next clash.
Find out what the 2020 Dems have been up to with our weekly recap.
Former Vice President Joe Biden
All Aboard The Impeachment Train: Biden called for President Trump to be impeached during a speech in New Hampshire last Wednesday, accusing the president of violating his oath of office and betraying the country.
Hunter Biden Caves: Coming under increased scrutiny for his involvement with foreign companies, the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden, announced he is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company. He also promised to forego all foreign work if his father is elected president in 2020.
Government Ethics Plan: On Monday, Biden unveiled an ethics plan that directly targets President Trump, accusing him of creating the “most corrupt administration in modern history.” If elected, Biden promised to enact ethics reform to limit conflicts of interests in the executive branch, prevent the White House from interfering in federal investigations, and create a stricter firewall between the White House and the Department of Justice. Biden’s plan would also require candidates seeking federal office to disclose tax returns, going back 10 years.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
No Big Money Events: Warren, who has pledged to forgo traditional big-money fund-raisers during the 2020 primary, said last week that if she became the nominee she would continue to skip such events, a reversal of what her position has been throughout 2019. A former Obama administration official called the decision “colossally stupid.” Warren’s campaign later clarified her position, saying she would “continue to raise money and attend events that are open to the press to make sure the Democratic National Committee, state and local parties and Democratic candidates everywhere have the resources not just to beat Donald Trump, but also to win back Congress and state legislatures all across the country.”
VP Buzz: According to The Daily Beast, Warren has been in contact with former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum over the past several months, sparking speculation that she is considering him as a possible running mate.
“Environmental Justice” Proposal: Adding to her long list of policy proposals, last week Warren unveiled an “environmental justice” plan that she claims will address pollution burdens placed on the poor and communities of color. According to Axios, her proposal “is consistent with the Green New Deal’s emphasis on tethering steep carbon emissions cuts to racial and workforce equity concerns” and “is a mix of ideas around climate change specifically and environmental policy more broadly.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Ending “Corporate Greed”: Returning to the campaign trail following a heart attack, Sanders unveiled a new “Corporate Accountability and Democracy” plan. In broad strokes, the plan calls for giving workers ownership stakes in their companies, reversing major corporate mergers, and undoing the Trump administration’s corporate tax cuts.
Attacking Warren As A Capitalist: Perhaps feeling his position in the 2020 primary beginning to slip away, last week Sanders went on the offensive against Warren, calling her “a capitalist through her bones.” Sanders added, ‘‘I’m not.’’
Sen. Kamala Harris
Endorsement Snub: Last week, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) endorsed Joe Biden for president, snubbing her home-state counterpart, Sen. Kamala Harris.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
New Ads Attacking Medicare For All: Buttigieg’s campaign launched a new ad buy on Tuesday in Iowa, hitting Warren and Sanders over their support of Medicare for All.
Expanding LGBTQ Protections: Buttigieg unveiled a plan to expand LGBTQ protections and promote equal rights last week. Among other items, Buttigieg’s proposal calls for passage of the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics.