“Unfortunately, he is sounding like Donald Trump,” Senator Bernie Sanders said of Joe Biden, as the two Democratic candidates spar over one of the most important issues in the 2020 election.
Steadman™Biden and Bernie are finally engaging w/ each other directly. Read @katieglueck and @melbournecoal on the health care policy differences, and why both men want to frame this primary as a two person race -- even as Harris/Warren/Buttigieg make gains
With a school desegregation lawsuit roiling Delaware in the 1970s, Mr. Biden led an effort in the Senate to end court-ordered busing.
Steadman™Your AM deep read: me and @SherylNYT spent month examing Biden's school desegregation record. What we learned -- while he never opposed voluntary efforts that Kamala Harris enjoyed, his anti-busing advocacy was more sweeping than he currently describes.
Steadman™🚨 a new Biden quote obtained this AM by @SherylNYT: "Unless we do something abt this, my children will grow up in a jungle. The jungle being a racial jungle w/ tensions having built so high that it is going to explode," he said re: busing in 1977
Ms. Warren’s fund-raising total is likely to place her third among Democrats in the second quarter, behind Pete Buttigieg and Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Steadman™NEW from @reidepstein and me: Warren raised $19.1 million in the second quarter, more than three times she did in the first. Total has her below Buttigieg and Biden, but notably, above Bernie Sanders and the expectations of her rivals. $19.7 M cash on hand
He now plays down his role overhauling crime laws with segregationist senators in the ’80s and ’90s. That portrayal today is at odds with his actions and rhetoric back then.
Steadman™NEW from me + @SherylNYT: Joe Biden says he "got stuck with" writing the crime bills. Not true. Our deep dive into how, as early as '77, he made the expansion of the prison population an explicit legislative goal
"Lock the S.O.B's up," he said in 1994
Steadman™Lots of new info in this, but our monthslong reporting shows the 1994 bill was the culmination of a 15 yr push from Biden, with roots in Delaware, and helps explain his relationship with ppl like Eastland and Thurmond, who shared his more cops/prisons push
Though many African-Americans in South Carolina have favored Joseph R. Biden Jr. they are taking a hard look at several other candidates and considering all issues, not just race.
Steadman™NEW from @jmartNYT + me: A different story abt black voters. On the diversity within the electorate. And how, underneath Biden's good early poll #s, a big possibility looms: a split black vote -- that would actually dilute the group's typical primary power
As more Somali refugees arrive in St. Cloud, white anti-immigration activists have pressed an increasingly explicit anti-Muslim agenda.
Steadman™NEW from me: Today we published the second story in my series on growing white identity politics. This is from Minnesota, where a group of white residents, driven by open xenophobia, are pressuring their city to stop accepting Somali refugees. It may work
Mr. Biden’s fond remarks about dealing with segregationist senators are raising questions about both his political past and his political acumen now in dealing with it.
Steadman™Biden surrogates said he did not praise segregationists. But in a 1997 speech I found, Biden makes an explicit point to talk up Senator Strom Thurmond's time ~before~ the Senate. And makes a joke about Thurmond's filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1957
Inequality of wealth and income was a dominant theme as four Democratic candidates addressed the Black Economic Alliance’s forum in South Carolina.
Steadman™My roundup from Black Economic Alliance forum in SC. Warren and Booker probably got best receptions. Also interesting that all candidates except Warren visited protesting McDonald's workers in Charleston, who are seeking $15 min wage
Trying to stand out in a crowded and fluid Democratic field, Ms. Harris, the former California attorney general, took on the critics of her record as a prosecutor.
Steadman™My story on Kalama Harris' prosecutor speech, which was less abt responding to activist critics and more abt appealing to moderate black voters using "smart on crime" framework and the rhetoric of racial representation.
"It matters who's in those rooms."
As Elizabeth Warren emerges from Bernie Sanders’s shadow, the two standard-bearers of the progressive base find themselves competing for voters, and donors.
Steadman™NEW from me + @melbournecoal:
Bernie Sanders' footprint among progressives was once thought to be too big for Elizabeth Warren to break out. Now, as she crafts an identity of her own, it has set the two "structural change" campaigns on a collision course
Ms. Warren laid out a theme of “economic patriotism,” pledging to intervene in markets to support American manufacturing and job creation.
Steadman™NEW from me: It's climate day for Dems. On same day as Biden releases plan, Warren calls for $2 trillion green investment and further embraces Green New Deal. Includes call for a "Green Marshall Plan" and just transition language GND made popular
The Times talked to Mr. Harrison, the first black chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, about his bid to unseat Senator Lindsey Graham.
Steadman™NEW: Jaime Harrison is challenging Lindsey Graham, in what will be one of the most closely watched non-presidential races in 2020. I sat w/ Harrison in NYC and asked why he thinks Republicans will abandon Graham, and how a Democrat can win in a red state
Declining to hold big-dollar fund-raisers and rolling out one policy proposal after another, Ms. Warren has strengthened her candidacy, though financial questions remain.
-New Warren proposal expected within week, timed w/ soon-to-be-announced trip to IND + MI (her 19th + 20th states)
-SEIU, once on track for early Harris endorsement, now likely to slow process, w/ leaders privately citing EW
-More $$ in Iowa FB ads
Steadman™NEW from @thomaskaplan + me: On Elizabeth Warren's good month. A check-in from Iowa as she gains in polls, overshoots planned crowds, and the "I Have A Plan" strategy shows early signs of success. (250k+ have used debt calculator. big bump after Morehouse)