Sunday, June 23, 2019

One more candidate enters the race

Today, Joe Sestak announced he was running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination -- bring the number seeking the nomination currently to 25.  Bianca Quilantan (POLITICO) reports:

Joe Sestak, a retired three-star Navy admiral and former two-term congressman from Pennsylvania, on Sunday became the latest Democratic contender to announce a bid for the presidency.
Sestak, in a video released on his campaign website, drew heavily on his naval career, saying he “wore the cloth of the nation for over 31 years in peace and war, from the Vietnam and Cold War eras, to Afghanistan and Iraq and the emergence of China.”

 Sestak's campaign presents a huge problem for the press.  So many are already following DNC dictates to marginalize this or that candidate and now comes Joe whom the DNC loathes because they've never been able to order him around (and they've frequently had to spend millions to defeat him).

Senator Bernie Sanders remains in the race (even with many in the press helping the DNC to try to bum rush him off the stage).  CNN reports:

 Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to stake out uncharted territory in the Democratic presidential primary, offering up a plan to completely eliminate the student loan debt of every American.
On Monday, Sanders will submit legislation that cancels $1.6 trillion of student loan undergraduate and graduate debt for approximately 45 million people. His ambitious plan has no eligibility limitations and would be paid for with a new tax on Wall Street speculation.
His program goes further than Elizabeth Warren's conditional if-then plan.  In other news?  Last night, Elaine offered "Pete, I believe South Bend is calling." Jack Turman (CBS NEWS) reports:
 South Bend mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced his constituents at a tense town hall Sunday afternoon one week after the fatal shooting of Eric Logan, an African American man, by South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O'Neill, a white police officer.
Attendees shouted their concerns and their disappointment at city officials for not taking swifter action to address the strained relationship between the police department and the black community. Buttigieg noted the complex relationship between minorities and police extends beyond the incident that occurred on June 16.

Here's a thought, maybe don't wait a week to hold a town hall?  Maybe get your candy ass off the campaign trail quicker to address the city you're supposed to represent.  His inability to devote time to the office he campaigned for makes him look like a lousy mayor and someone not ready to be president.

Many Democratic candidates showed up in South Carolina over the weekend.  Eileen AJ Connelly (THE NEW YORK POST) notes:

California Sen. Kamala Harris entered the convention with a drum line playing as she rode down an elevator. She attacked Trump for everything from his tax and trade policies to an alleged lack of civil rights protections for marginalized Americans. She said Trump’s economic proposals help the rich and hurt farmers.
“We need somebody on our stage, when it comes to that general election, who knows how to recognize a rap sheet when they see it and prosecute the case,” said Harris, a former prosecutor.
Harris added that Democrats shouldn’t “turn back the clock” and instead “start the next chapter,” a veiled swipe at Biden.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren pitched her progressive policies as an agenda that can draw both Democratic and Republican votes.
“People across this nation understand it is time for big, structural change in America,” she said. “The time for small ideas is over.”

 Meanwhile, US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard continues to be the nominee leading on calling out a war on Iran.

  1. Key steps Trump has taken to create Iran war: ✅Tore up Iran nuclear agreement ✅Escalated crippling sanctions ✅Designated Iran military as terrorists ✅Sent more troops to the region Stop Trump—sign my No Presidential Wars Act

The following sites updated: