DEMOCRATS

Warren, Klobuchar Announcements Reveal Differences Within Party

Iowa Democrats make major changes to their caucuses.

Feb. 12, 2019, 11:11 a.m.

“Two more Democrats, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), formally entered the 2020 presidential race this weekend. In their announcement speeches, they laid out their respective cases for what needs to change in America and how they’d bring that change about, offering the outline of the campaigns they’ll run.

“While we often say that the policy differences between the Democratic candidates are relatively small, Klobuchar and Warren presented profoundly different visions for their candidacies. The differences lie not so much in the policy details (though there are some distinctions) but in their basic analysis of the challenge we confront.” (Washington Post)

IOWA. The Iowa Democratic Party “laid out a proposal Monday that would add a major change to its presidential caucuses, allowing for absentee voting by phone on six different days through ‘virtual caucuses.’

“The proposed change, set out on a call by Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price on Monday, would allow Democrats to phone in absentee votes, rating their presidential preferences in a ranked choice style. The virtual results will be tabulated and apportioned according to congressional district and eventually will be added into the final results of the live precinct caucuses. Previously, only those who physically attended the Iowa caucuses could register their votes. Price called the proposed changes in the plan the ‘most significant changes to the Iowa Democratic Party Caucuses since its inception in 1972.’” (Politico)

SMALL DONORS. “Although the Democratic field for the 2020 election is still taking shape, the race for small-dollar donations has already begun, with about two dozen prospective and declared candidates scrambling to build online operations focused squarely on individual supporters who may give in amounts as low as $5.”

“Being able to raise a lot of money from a lot of small donors is now a test — not only of a candidate’s ability to tap this source of funds, but to go head-to-head against President Trump and his army of grass-roots donors.” (Washington Post)

VOTING RECORDS. “Some of the most striking contrasts among the declared and likely presidential contenders concern their votes on Trump’s judicial and executive nominees. In general, among the seven senators, Gillibrand voted most often against confirming Trump’s picks to the courts and his Cabinet, a record that she’ll likely play up on the campaign trail. Klobuchar, on the other hand, supported Trump’s nominees much more often than others, voting to confirm many of his undersecretaries and district and circuit court judges.” (HuffPost)

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