‘You don’t run for second place’: Stacey Abrams on a possible 2020 bid

Abrams could be a game-changer as a Democratic candidate for president, but she is carefully weighing her options You can tell a lot about a person by the way they dont run for president. With some two dozen Democrats officially in the race for 2020, Stacey Abrams is the only one by the starting line unsure if shell compete. Indecision is a label most politicians will go to great lengths to avoid. George W Bush declared himself the decider, while the former White House spokesman Sean Spicer memorably characterized his old boss as unbelievably decisive. But Abrams is leaning into her indecision, seeing it as an opportunity to more fully and intelligently explore her possible paths forward after her dramatic …

Bernie Sanders v the Democratic establishment: what the battle is really about | Zaid Jilani

Sanders is sparking a debate within the Democratic party about whether courting big dollars is the only way to stay competitive In a crowded Democratic presidential primary field, there is one candidate who has drawn sustained opposition from party elites: Vermonts Senator Bernie Sanders. The New York Times maintained high national favorability ratings, and is was once punched or shoved, depending on whose story you believe, by the then Hillary Clinton aide Neera Tanden during a dispute in 2008. Tanden is a known longtime critic of Sanders and the president of the Center for American Progress (Cap), a liberal thinktank make up its donor rolls frequently pressured it to adopt certain stances. As one example, I reported for the Intercept …

Bernie Sanders booed as Democratic hopefuls try to woo women of color

Seven leading Democratic 2020 contenders spoke at the inaugural She the People event focusing on female voters of color White House candidate Bernie Sanders got a rocky reception when he gave a halting performance at an event this week focusing on female voters of color, while Kamala Harris was given a standing ovation but was vigorously challenged in the popularity stakes by rivals Elizabeth Warren and Beto ORourke. Women from 28 states descended on Houston, Texas, on Wednesday to hear from the eight leading Democratic 2020 contenders at an inaugural event called She the People presidential forum a day before Joe Biden jumped into the race. Women of color are such a powerful voting bloc in America that they are …