Democratic debate reveals party caught between boldness and realism

first_imgThat was a vivid line, but there were others on the opposite side. The Green New Deal, which mixes environmental goals on climate change with a promise of guaranteed jobs for every American would be “a disaster,” said Hickenlooper, adding, “You might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump.”One notable aspect of the evening, spurred in part by decision of CNN moderators, was that candidates who have previously been marginalized in the race, were often the main people waging the case on behalf of moderate policies and incremental goals. These included Delaney, Klobuchar, Hickenlooper, and Ohio Representative Tim Ryan. Candidates who once had touted centrist beau ideals, including South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Representative Beto O’Rourke, did not command disproportionate shares of time or deliver many of the most evocative moments.Buttigieg, who had previously endorsed decriminalizing illegal border crossings, seemed to downplay the significance of that stand.Warren and Sanders both articulated deep disdain for what they regard as the ethical vacuum in corporate America.“When I am president, illegally crossing the border will still be illegal,” he said. “We can argue over the finer points of which parts should be handled by civil law and criminal law but we have a crisis on our hands, not just a crisis of immigration but cruelty and incompetence that is creating a humanitarian disaster on our southern border.”The most exotic voice on the stage, author Marianne Williamson, said she “normally is way over there with Bernie and Elizabeth” on ideological issues, but that on Medicare for All, “I do have concern about what the Republicans would say and that’s not just a Republican talking point. I do have concern that it will be difficult. I have concern that it will make it harder to win, and I have a concern that it will make it harder to govern.” It wasn’t exactly an invigorating evening. It was too long (closing in on 2 hours, 45 minutes) and too disorienting (candidates clamoring to be heard; moderators laboring with impatient “thank yous” to shut down answers that went over time) for that.But in its discursive way it was illuminating: The debate showed a party arguing seriously about the inherent tension between boldness and realism, passion and prudence, on such topics as improving health care, immigration, taking on wealthy interests, and the best way broadly to energize average voters.At least a half-dozen of the first eight opening statements — Warren and Sanders were nine and ten — included explicit or implied rebukes of the leftward tilt of the party.It was the relative absence such argument that made the first round of debates, last month in Miami, so striking. In those encounters, some challenges, like finite financial resources, or the political reality that large swaths of middle America that Democrats need to win Congress or the presidency have been hostile toward robust liberalism, seemed to be waved away by proclamation. Candidates who disagreed often muffled their views, and previous records, leaving the impression of an unconsidered swerve to the left on such issues as abandoning Obamacare and abolishing private health insurance, or decriminalizing illegal border crossings and giving government health care to undocumented immigrants.In Detroit the dissenters found their voices, and even those who had previously staked out bold positions seemed to be injecting a bit of squish in their language.At least a half dozen of the first eight opening statements — Warren and Sanders were nine and ten — included explicit or implied rebukes of the leftward tilt of the party. One Democratic divide on display was not so much ideological as moralistic. Warren and Sanders both articulated deep disdain for what they regard as the ethical vacuum in corporate America. Sanders talked about “crooks on Wall Street” and “crooks” in the pharmaceutical industry. Warren said big companies use trade and health care policies to “suck more profit out for themselves and to leave the American people behind.”This left a sharp, if implicit divide between those Democrats who don’t think business defaults to amoral or immoral. Both O’Rourke and Delaney talked about their entrepreneurial experiences starting companies.A note of interpretive caution: If the Miami debates tended to create an exaggerated impression of the party’s leftward drift, people should be alert of viewing Detroit as equally abrupt lurch to the center.Even avowed centrists like Delaney talked about the need to recognize health care as a universal right, and supported raising taxes on the wealthy to support progressive change. Klobuchar, among others, assailed the NRA and argued that effective leaders can pass gun laws without abandoning red-state voters. Bullock talked of beating the influence of the Koch brothers’ political network.The inescapable conclusion: Democrats are indeed a party becoming steadily more progressive and aggressive, even if they are zig-zagging a bit along the path. Also On POLITICO 5 things we learned from the US Democratic debate By David Siders and Christopher Cadelago Democrats are veering left. It might just work By John F. Harris WASHINGTON — The assignment of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to the same debate stage in Detroit Tuesday night was random chance, but turned out to be a well-timed and clarifying event.There was the possibility that the two heroes of the left would sharpen the differences between them in the competition over who is the fairest of them all. But very little of that came to pass.Instead, the combined Warren-Sanders presence emboldened most other voices in the first round of a two-night debate to say they wouldn’t enter the derby over who is most ideologically pure. The real argument, they urged, should be over who is most credible general election adversary to Donald Trump and potential president in 2021. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said the first round of debates featured “wish-list economics” that suggests a party talking to itself rather than listening to voters. Former Representative John Delaney said “bad policies like Medicare for all, free everything, and impossible promises … will turn off independent voters and get Trump reelected.” Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said “not one of those 40 Democrats” who flipped formerly Republican House seats in 2018 support the more extreme positions of Sanders and Warren. Senator Amy Klobuchar said she has “bold ideas but they are grounded in reality.”Throughout the evening, Warren and Sanders did not shrink from the challenge. Instead, they seemed to work in tandem to advocate for a less cautious, defensive-minded brand of progressive activism.The combined Warren-Sanders presence emboldened most other voices in the first round of a two-night U.S. Democratic debate | Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesWarren said Democrats “should stop using Republican talking points” in debating health care among themselves.On the question of electability, Sanders boasted, “Well, the truth is that every credible poll that I have seen has me beating Donald Trump, including in the battleground states of Michigan, where [in 2016] I won the Democratic primary, Wisconsin, where I won the Democratic primary, and Pennsylvania.”“I get a little bit tired of Democrats afraid of big ideas,” Sanders rasped.Warren, at another point, added: “I don’t understand why anybody goes through all the trouble of running for president of the United States to talk about what we can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”last_img read more

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Trump, in Florida, calls female accusers ‘horrible liars’

first_img Published: October 13, 2016 1:44 PM EDT Updated: October 13, 2016 7:16 PM EDT Trump, in Florida, calls female accusers ‘horrible liars’ WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Rocked by allegations of sexual assault, Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at his female accusers as “horrible, horrible liars” as the deeply divisive presidential campaign sank further into charges and countercharges of predatory treatment of women.The Republican businessman devoted much of his talk in West Palm Beach to defending himself against multiple reports of inappropriate sexual behavior – accusations that he blamed on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the news media.“These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it,” Trump declared. His accusers, he said, “are horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible liars.”The comments came minutes after he called a reporter “a sleazebag” for asking whether Trump had ever touched or groped a woman without her consent.First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, offered an emotional counterargument in battleground New Hampshire, warning that Trump’s behavior sends a dangerous message to the nation’s children.“The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman, it is cruel, it is frightening, and the truth is it hurts,” Obama said. She added, “We can’t expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years.”The New York Times and the Palm Beach Post on Wednesday reported stories about three women who alleged Trump had inappropriately touched them. Separately, a People Magazine reporter wrote a detailed first-person account of being attacked by Trump while interviewing the businessman and his wife, Melania Trump.Trump said the claims “are all fabricated.”“They’re pure fiction, and they’re outright lies. These events never happened,” he said at the West Palm Beach rally.He added, “I will not allow the Clinton machine to turn our campaign into a discussion of their slanders and lies.”The crowd in West Palm Beach lent full-throated support to Trump.“What he said in public is a hundred times less than what [Clinton] did in public,” said Joe Guido, one of several thousand in attendance at the rally.Some lined up as early as 4 a.m., eight hours before the scheduled start time and nine hours before Trump actually took the stage. Many came ready with signs and Trump-themed gear.Many of Trump’s backers remain unmoved by the allegations, saying they’re behind Trump until the end.“I have never had any problems thinking he wouldn’t make it to the end, and i still feel that way, even through everything they put up against him,” Trump supporter Helen Holmberg said. “He’s still going strong and I think if he has that confidence, we need to have that confidence in him.”Trump’s campaign signaled Thursday that it would spend the election’s final month relitigating Bill Clinton’s marital affairs and unproven charges of sexual assault, as well as what Trump says is Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s role in intimidating the women who were involved.The developments come less than a week after the publication of a 2005 recording in which the Republican nominee boasted of using his fame to kiss and grab women without their consent.In an interview broadcast Thursday, the soap opera actress in the video said Trump’s comments were offensive. But actress Arianne Zucker, on NBC’s “Today,” said she wasn’t shocked, given “that type of personality.”The revelation of the video last Friday prompted many Republicans to withdraw their support for Trump – with some calling for him to drop out of the race – though a handful have since switched back to supporting him.Clinton adviser Jennifer Palmieri said the latest revelations match “everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women.”Taken together, the stories about Trump and his retorts about Bill Clinton have plunged an already rancorous campaign to new lows. The real estate mogul has also aggressively charged that Hillary Clinton not only needs to be defeated in November but also imprisoned: “Honestly, she should be locked up,” he said Thursday.And his campaign is facing questions about ties to Russian interests accused of hacking Democratic groups, as well as the hacking of a top Clinton adviser’s emails.For Trump, the cumulative effect appears to be a tumble in the battleground states he needs to win in November. What was already a narrow path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory is virtually indiscernible for Trump unless there’s a significant shake-up in the race between now and Nov. 8Rather than trying to make up ground by shifting attention back to issues like trade that have energized Trump backers and could appeal to new voters, the Republican campaign appears to be moving swiftly to make Bill Clinton’s past a centerpiece of its campaign.Building on Trump’s decision to bring three Bill Clinton accusers to last week’s presidential debate, the Republican nominee is expected to have the women appear with him on stage at rallies and do television interviews, according to a person briefed on the plan but not authorized to discuss it publicly. They were not on stage in West Palm Beach.The Trump campaign’s hope is to showcase the decades-old accusations to young voters, particularly women, who may not have been old enough to remember the controversies that dogged the Clintons in the 1990s. If the campaign can’t get them to vote for Trump, the hope is that they will stay home and depress turnout, which would likely hurt Democrats.But it’s unclear whether Trump’s strategy is even aimed at winning the election at this point.Increasingly, Trump’s campaign feels like an opportunity for longtime Clinton opponents to air decades worth of grievances about the Democratic power couple on the biggest stage in American politics.Trump confidant and informal adviser Roger Stone has long encouraged Trump to make Bill Clinton’s alleged assaults and the way his wife treated his accusers a centerpiece of the campaign. Steve Bannon, the campaign’s chief executive, ran Breitbart News, a conservative website that eagerly promotes conspiracy theories about the Clintons.Hillary Clinton, who is on pace to become America’s first female president if her lead holds, has tried to stay above the fray. She has yet to respond directly to Trump’s decision to resurrect accusations about her husband.Back in New Hampshire, Michelle Obama said, “Enough is enough.”“This has got to stop right now. Because consider this: If all of this is painful to us as grown women, what do you think this is doing to our children?”Trump is headed to Cincinnati for his next appearance, while running mate Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Pensacola and Miami on Friday. Related Articles: Author: Associated Press SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

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Law enforcement and first responders exempt from new cellphone law

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – For the average driver, the new state law concerning cellphones requires that  drivers are to put down  phones.  House Bill No. 164 bans drivers from using cellphones and other hand-held devices while driving in Tennessee.  However, the bill includes some exemptions.  Law enforcement and First Responders have exemptions.Section (D) of the bill does not apply to the following persons:  (1) Officers of this state or of any county, city, or town charged with the enforcement of the laws of this state, or federal law enforcement officers when in the actual discharge of their official duties;(2) Campus police officers and public safety officers, as defined by $ a9- 7-118, when in the actual discharge of their official duties;(3) Emergency medical technicians, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and firefighters, both volunteer and career, when in the actual discharge of their official duties;(4) Emergency management agency officers of this state or of any county, city, or town, when in the actual discharge of their official duties;(5) Persons using a wireless telecommunications device to communicate with law enforcement agencies, medical providers, fire departments, or other emergency service agencies while driving a motor vehicle, if the use is necessitated by a bona fide emergency, including a natural or human occurrence that threatens human health, life, or property;(6) Employees or contractors of utility services providers acting within the scope of their employment;(7) Persons who are lawfully stopped or parked in their motor vehicles or who lawfully leave standing their motor vehicles.Read the entire bill HERE.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/07/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Crystal Palace need to increase offer by €5m to sign target,…

first_imgYesterday the central midfielder was linked with a move to Crystal Palace after Turkey’s Star reported the Premier League side had offered €12m.According to Takvim, both clubs are still in discussions, and Fenerbahce are demanding €18m from Crystal Palace. However, the Eagles are only prepared to increase their offer to €13m.Despite his initial stance over the player staying in Istanbul, Takvim say Fenerbahce manager Phillip Cocu has given the green light to transfer Souza because the Turkish club need to sell some players to balance the books.Souza was linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion last summer but the Baggies pulled out of a deal at the last minute. The player has also been linked with a move to Watford in recent weeks and they could provide competition to Crystal Palace.The Brazilian’s contract will expire at the end of next season and Fenerbahce’s board have growing reasons to sell.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombatUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndo Takvim report Fenerbahce and Crystal Palace are in talks with regards to Josef de Souza heading to Selhurst Park before next week’s deadline.last_img read more

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