Who’s running for president? Meet the Democratic candidates

2022 Campaign 05/02/19, 09:05

With the entrance of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado into the 2020 Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, the field includes more than 20 candidates. The sprawling Democratic field features candidates ranging in age from 37 to 77; liberals and moderates; senators, governors and mayors; and an unprecedented number of women ...

O’Rourke reverses course, renounces fossil fuel donations

2022 Campaign 05/01/19, 20:09

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is pledging not to take donations from the fossil fuel industry, a dramatic about-face from his star-making run for Senate in oil-rich Texas last year when he was one of the top candidates backed by the sector. O'Rourke announced late Wednesday that he'd signed a no-donation ...

MJ Hegar launches 2020 Senate run against Texas’ John Cornyn

Texas 04/23/19, 08:54

Democrat MJ Hegar of Texas says she's running for U.S. Senate in 2020 against Republican incumbent John Cornyn.Hegar's announcement Tuesday makes her the first well-known Democrat to enter the race against Cornyn, who has been in the Senate since 2002 and was the No. 2 Republican in the chamber until ...

FACT CHECK: O’Rourke misleads on young voter turnout

Texas 04/02/19, 14:31

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has said in recent weeks that his visiting all 254 counties in Texas during his failed Senate bid last year helped boost the state's voter turnout. That may be, but he's giving the wrong numbers on how much turnout among young people increased.Since joining the ...

Ted Cruz: Democrats will continue ‘moving impeachment forward’

Politics 03/25/19, 07:10

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned on Sunday that the the Democratic House majority would continue on with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump regardless of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report finds. During a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Cruz —who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee — ...

Beto O’Rourke making 1st trip to early-voting South Carolina

Texas 03/20/19, 13:34

Democrat Beto O'Rourke is making the first visit of his presidential campaign to South Carolina, where he'll be able to test his message in front of a largely black electorate. O'Rourke's campaign tells The Associated Press that the Texan's two-day trip to the state begins Friday with meet-and-greet gatherings with voters ...

Kansas artist carves out Beto O’Rourke image in Texas field

Texas 03/20/19, 09:31

Some crop art in Central Texas features the face of Democrat Beto O'Rourke as the former congressman runs for president.A field near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has been carved out with a 2-acre (0.809-hectare) circle, an image of the El Paso politician's face and the words "Beto 2020."Kansas artist Stan Herd ...

Takeaways from Beto O’Rourke’s presidential launch

Politics 03/18/19, 13:00

After weeks of hype, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke swung through Iowa for the first time and strode into the presidential race to larger crowds and more media attention than most others in the already crowded 2020 Democratic field. Until recently, O'Rourke was a little-known El Paso congressman whose views weren't ...

Beto O’Rourke says he raised $6.1M online in 1st 24 hours

Politics 03/18/19, 09:53

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke raised more than $6 million online during the first 24 hours after he announced his White House bid, the highest first-day number reported by any candidate, his campaign said Monday. The "record-breaking" $6.1 million came "without a dime" from political action committees, corporations or special interests, ...

2020 candidate O’Rourke not sharing fundraising numbers yet

Politics 03/15/19, 15:22

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he's not ready to release his fundraising numbers since entering the 2020 race. When asked Friday outside a campaign stop in Fairfield, Iowa, when he'd share his numbers, he said, "Soon." He says: "I don't have a definite plan. We're not ready to release them now." The ...

Democrat Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

2022 Campaign 03/14/19, 05:13

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke formally announced Thursday, March 14, that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he'd try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. Until he challenged Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last year, O'Rourke was little known ...

O’Rourke tells Texas TV station he’s running for president

Texas 03/13/19, 20:59

Democrat Beto O'Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he's running for president in 2020.The former Texas congressman sent a text message to KTSM Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination.He wrote: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El ...

O’Rourke documentary provides no hints on possible 2020 run

Texas 03/09/19, 17:34

Beto O'Rourke is sitting in his kitchen hours after a closer-than-expected Texas Senate race loss to Ted Cruz, musing about how his campaign brought out the best in thousands of supporters."Somehow we've got to continue that way," he tells his wife, Amy, who stares into his face without reply. But ...

2020 Democrats flock to trendy SXSW festival in Texas

Politics 03/09/19, 10:29

Texas is an unlikely can't-miss stop for the Democratic presidential candidates, but many of them are making appearances this weekend at the trendy and techie South by Southwest Festival in Austin. Texas is an early primary state, but the real draw of the event for Democrats is the chance to spend ...

Stacey Abrams’ next move: Senator, governor … president?

Politics 03/06/19, 19:23

Stacey Abrams didn't win the Georgia governor's race last November, but she's a hot commodity in Democratic politics anyway. Abrams is the top recruit for a Senate race in 2020 as Democrats try to win back a majority. She's considering another run for governor in 2022. And there are plenty of ...

17 takeaways from America’s biggest conservative conference

Politics 03/02/19, 17:49

The Daily Signal was at all three days of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest annual national gathering of conservative activists, in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, and we’ve rounded up some of the highlights of our coverage. 1. Vice President Mike Pence Speaks Out Against the ‘Culture of ...

Brother: Rep. Joaquin Castro mulling run against Sen. Cornyn

Texas 02/28/19, 20:02

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro says his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, is considering a big run of his own in 2020 — a bid for U.S. Senate against Republican John Cornyn.Julian Castro told The Associated Press on Thursday: "He's considering that, but he really has not made ...

O’Rourke says he’s decided on 2020, will announce plans soon

Texas 02/27/19, 18:49

Beto O'Rourke has made up his mind about a 2020 presidential run and said Wednesday that he will announce his intentions soon, further increasing anticipation that one of the most buzzed-about candidates in the already crowded Democratic field may finally be ready to formally join the race.The former congressman became ...

O’Rourke won’t rule out being vice presidential candidate

Politics 02/19/19, 16:41

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Beto O’Rourke said Tuesday that he hasn’t ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate — even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he’ll seek the presidency. Answering a question in Spanish about the possibility of being another candidate’s running mate, ...

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