Category: Campaign

Hogan distances himself from Trump endorsement: ‘I have no interest in it’

GOP Maryland Senate candidate and former Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) distanced himself from former President Trump’s endorsement of him. “Well, I just said I didn’t… I didn’t seek it, I didn’t wanna have it and I have no interest in it. It’s not something we’re gonna be promoting, that’s for sure,” Hogan, a common Trump critic, said in an interview with Washington, D.C.-area radio station…

Biden allies fundraising to compete with Trump’s social media successes

A super PAC is raising millions of dollars to help President Biden compete with former President Trump’s recent social media success. Future Forward USA Action, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is backed by tech giants like Facebook’s co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and LinkedIn founder Reed Hoffman. The group is raising millions to better understand the algorithms that help Trump create viral videos, Reuters reported. The group…

Biden, Trump qualify for debate as window closes: CNN

President Biden and former President Trump qualified for the first presidential debate of 2024, as the deadline to meet the requirements ended Thursday, according to CNN. CNN is slated to host the first debate on June 27, with Dana Bash and Jake Tapper selected as the moderators. Biden and Trump were the only candidates to qualify for the debate, which marks the first between a…

Clyburn on Biden losing steam with Black voters: ‘This is all about miscommunication, disinformation’

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) blamed President Biden’s struggles with Black voters on “miscommunication” and “disinformation,” fighting back against a perception that the president is losing a demographic that has long stood by Democrats. Recent polling has shown that former President Trump could attract up to a fifth of Black voters in the November election, a significantly larger proportion than previous races.  “We have to be…

RFK Jr.’s campaign raises $2.6 million in May

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s independent presidential campaign raised $2.6 million in May, according to federal filings, a figure far behind both major party candidates and one that shows its reliance on big money donors. May was the campaign’s weakest month this year, according to federal campaign finance reports. It’s also the first month Nicole Shanahan — a wealthy Silicon Valley lawyer and the campaign’s vice…

Kinzinger on close Virginia race: ‘Would you rather have dysentery or the flu?’

Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) took aim at the two candidates in the GOP primary for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, saying that the choice between them is like choosing between “dysentery or the flu.” “Well, in my mind, it’s like, would you rather have dysentery or the flu? So, you know, you got to pick that out,” Kinziner, a CNN contributor, said Tuesday on “The…

Trump’s bid to oust Good ends in nailbiter: 5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

A stunningly tight race in Virginia was among the highlights of Tuesday night’s races, which also included contests in Georgia and Oklahoma. Observers had been closely monitoring the GOP primary for Rep. Bob Good’s seat in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. The contest had boiled over into one of the most tumultuous primaries of the cycle so far, as Donald Trump and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)…

Fox’s McEnany to Biden campaign: ‘You’re the one doing cheap fakes’

Fox News’ Kayleigh McEnany attacked President Biden’s campaign for “doing cheap fakes” after the White House addressed a string of edited videos depicting the president looking confused or wandering off. McEnany and the other co-hosts of Fox News’ “Outnumbered” on Tuesday discussed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s comments about a number of videos of Biden that circulated online in recent days. Jean-Pierre had referenced a…

Rep. Tom Cole fends off primary challengers in Oklahoma

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) has won the GOP nomination for his House seat representing Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District, according to a projection from Decision Desk HQ.  Cole, who has held his House seat for more than 20 years, held off a few primary challengers he faced, most notably businessman Paul Bondar. Cole is the chair of the House Appropriations Committee.  Bondar had outraised Cole in…

Suhas Subramanyam wins Virginia Democratic primary for Wexton’s seat

State Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D) has won the crowded Democratic contest to replace retiring Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D) in Virginia, according to Decision Desk HQ.  Subramanyam beat 11 other candidates in the race to win the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Wexton announced last year she would not be seeking reelection, saying she had received a recent change in diagnosis around her health to…

Trump rolls out endorsements in Alaska, Utah House primaries

Former President Trump weighed in on two tight GOP House primaries in Alaska and Utah on Monday, making endorsements as primary season gets into full swing. In Alaska, Trump backed Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom over Nick Begich III. The contested primary has carried echoes of the 2022 race between Begich and former Gov. Sarah Palin, which led to Rep. Mary Peltola (D) being elected in…

Biden campaign raises $28M at star-studded fundraiser

President Biden’s Hollywood fundraiser raked in $28 million over the weekend for his reelection bid, which is the most for any Democratic fundraiser in history, according to the Biden campaign. Biden was joined at the fundraiser on Saturday by former President Obama, actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. The president in his remarks warned against a new Trump term, focusing on…

Obama says he mostly watches sports in this ‘cynical time’

Former President Obama said Sunday that he tends to avoid consuming media about politics amidst the testy 2024 election, telling a group of social media influencers that we live in a “cynical time.” Obama spoke at a Biden campaign fundraiser with the president on Saturday in Los Angeles, telling a select group of TikTok and Instagram creators that he understands the challenge they face avoiding…

Schumer: McConnell ‘should have had the courage not to show up’ to Trump meeting

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) expressed disappointment on Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attended the meeting with former President Trump at the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s headquarters on Capitol Hill on Thursday. In an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Schumer was asked whether he was surprised that McConnell shook Trump’s hand at their meeting — the first time the two…

Trump says his VP pick ‘probably’ in the room during Congress GOP meetings

Former President Trump said his vice president pick was “probably” in the room with him while meeting with House and Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Thursday, adding intrigue to the long-anticipated decision. Trump told Fox News’s Aishah Hasnie that he’s still not sure who his vice-presidential candidate will be. “I have sort of a pretty good idea,” he said. “Look, we have some pretty…

Live updates: Trump touts unity after meeting with Republicans

UPDATE: Trump speaks about abortion NEW: Trump surprised Taylor Swift didn’t support him, lawmaker says Former President Trump is meeting with Republicans in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He is huddling with House Republicans in the morning, then is set to meet with GOP senators at 12:30 p.m. It will be Trump’s first meeting with lawmakers since he was convicted on 34 felony counts in New…

Biden campaign knocks Trump ahead of Capitol Hill visit

President Biden’s reelection campaign launched a new ad to knock former President Trump about the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol ahead of his Capitol Hill visit on Thursday. The 30-second ad entitled “Burn” highlights the events of Jan. 6 and Trump’s vow to free the imprisoned Jan. 6 rioters if he’s elected to another term. The ad will run on television in…

Former Trump adviser says he would ‘love’ to see Trump pledge to pardon Hunter Biden

Ex-Trump campaign adviser David Urban suggested that the former president pledge to pardon Hunter Biden, who was convicted Tuesday on federal gun charges. “Listen, what I’d like to see happen is I’d like to see President Trump come out with a statement saying, ‘Look, if Hunter Biden commits to a program of sobriety, inpatient or maybe outpatient, shows up, keeps his sobriety, I’ll pardon him,’” Urban said…

Only a third confident Harris would win as Democratic nominee: Survey

Only a third of voters are confident that Vice President Harris would win an election if she were the Democratic presidential nominee, according to a new survey. A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, conducted in late May and released Wednesday, found that 14 percent of voters said it was very likely Harris would win an election and 20 percent said somewhat likely she would win if she…

GOP averts disaster in Ohio shocker: 5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

A couple closer-than-expected races highlighted Tuesday’s elections in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina, which put Donald Trump’s endorsement power to the test as he heads toward a rematch with President Biden. But it was an under-the-radar special election in Ohio that turned out to be the biggest shocker of the night. Elsewhere, Trump-endorsed candidates pulled through against their primary challengers, though at least…

Trump-endorsed Sam Brown wins Nevada Senate GOP primary

Retired Army Capt. Sam Brown, who clinched the last-minute backing of Donald Trump over the weekend, is projected to win the Nevada Senate GOP primary to take on Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) this fall, according to Decision Desk HQ.  Brown defeated several challengers in the Republican contest, with his most formidable opponent being former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeff Gunter, who served during the Trump…

Theriault wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Jared Golden in Maine

Maine state Rep. Austin Theriault has won the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) for the seat representing the state’s 2nd Congressional District, according to Decision Desk HQ. Theriault, a former NASCAR driver who had former President Trump’s endorsement, defeated fellow state Rep. Mike Soboleski for the nomination. The district will be a key battleground in the fall in what will likely be…

United adds flights to Chicago, Milwaukee ahead of conventions

United Airlines will increase the number of flights to Chicago and Milwaukee as both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention draw near, it announced Tuesday. The airline said it would boost flight options so it’s easier for “convention attendees and political enthusiasts” to travel. United said it’s raising flight capacity by more than 75 percent, or 72 flights, for the Republican National…

Trump, UFC and the new conservative culture war

Donald Trump’s first public appearance after his recent felony conviction wasn’t a campaign rally or political fundraiser. It was an Ultimate Fighting Championship event. Earlier this month, a crowd made almost entirely of men gave the former president a hero’s welcome as he walked into the arena to the song “American Bad Ass” by Kid Rock. Then, they took up an anti-Biden chant. The choice of venue…

Trump fumes over tech problems at his Las Vegas rally, threatens not to pay the crew

Former President Trump lashed out at the teleprompter operators over technical issues he said he was having during his Sunday rally in Las Vegas. “I got no teleprompters, and I haven’t from the beginning,” Trump told a crowd of supporters gathered in the scorching heat to show support. “I pay all this money to teleprompter people. And I’d say 20 percent of the time they…

Clyburn on Trump attempt to take credit for insulin pricing: ‘How can you be so bold with your lies’

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) took aim at former President Trump for trying to take credit for low prices of insulin over the weekend. Clyburn responded to the former president’s Truth Social post on NewNation’s “The Hill Sunday,” slamming him for trying to take credit for the reduced cost of insulin in a Saturday post on the social platform. “Donald Trump is now saying he, not…

Trump attempts to take credit for insulin pricing in Truth Social post

Former President Trump attempted to take credit for insulin pricing in a post on Truth Social Saturday. “Low INSULIN PRICING was gotten for millions of Americans by me, and the Trump Administration, not by Crooked [President Biden,]” Trump said in the Truth Social post. “He had NOTHING to do with it. It was all done long before he so sadly entered office. All he does…

Biden campaign highlights Trump’s Arpaio kiss

President Biden’s reelection campaign launched a quick response digital ad Friday that features former President Trump kissing former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on stage. The kiss came at a rally Thursday where the former president brought out the 91-year-old Arpaio onstage, hugged him and blew an air kiss in the vicinity of the former law enforcement officer’s right ear. “I don’t kiss men, but I kissed…

RFK Jr. hits Biden for invoking Ukraine war in D-Day remarks

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. went after President Biden Friday, after he invoked the Russia-Ukraine war in his D-Day anniversary remarks. In his speech Friday, Biden asked several hypothetical questions related to how the soldiers who fought in D-Day would react to the current situation in Eastern Europe. “Does anyone doubt that they would want America to stand up against [Russian President Vladimir]…

Scaramucci: Trump’s embrace of TikTok shows ‘how transactional he is’

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci weighed in on former President Trump’s decision to join TikTok, saying Friday that the move shows just “how transactional” his former boss can be. Scaramucci, in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, talked about how Trump seemed to flip on the issue — after spending much of his time while in office trying to ban the app. He…