The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local):
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is addressing questions about his lack of policy specifics, saying he thinks he’s been “pretty clear” about where he stands “on the major issues.”
At a CNN town hall Monday night in New Hampshire, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate says he thinks it’s important that candidates don’t “drown people in minutia” before they show the values that “animate our policies.”
He says Democrats sometimes have a habit of doing that. He says, “We go right to the policy proposals and we expect people to be able to figure out what are values must be from that.”
Buttigieg is the fifth of five candidates to appear in the CNN town hall events Monday. He was preceded by Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kamala Harris of California.
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has sidestepped a question during a town hall over whether convicted criminals like the Boston Marathon bomber should be able to vote.
The senator from California said Monday in New Hampshire: “I think we should have that conversation.”
In the United States, people convicted of felonies cannot vote while they are in prison, on parole or on probation.
Harris’ answer came after Sen. Bernie Sanders said in the previous town hall segment that he believes felons like bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be able to keep their right to vote. Tsarnaev and his brother killed three people and injured hundreds in 2013 with a pair of pressure-cooker bombers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and was sentenced to death. His brother died in a shootout with police.
Sanders said: “I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people.”
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she would take executive action on gun violence if Congress fails to pass comprehensive gun safety measures in her first 100 days in office.
The senator from California appeared Monday at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire along with four other 2020 candidates: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj).
Harris says her executive actions as president would include near-universal background checks by anyone who sells five or more guns annually; revoking the licenses of gun manufacturers and dealers that break the law; reversing President Donald Trump’s change to the definition of “fugitive from justice”; and closing a loophole to prevent dating partners convicted of domestic violence from buying guns.