Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton may have jumped into the presidential race three weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean he’s confident about his chances of beating President Trump in 2020 — or those of any other Democrat. “I think Donald Trump will be a lot harder to beat than most people think, especially those in Boston or San Francisco,” Moulton told about 50 people at a Mission District fundraiser Thursday night. “I’d say it’s 60 percent that Trump will be re-elected,” especially if the economy stays healthy. But four more years of Trump would be disastrous for the nation, he said. “We need someone who can unite America in one of the most divisive points in history,” said Moulton, who served in Iraq as a Marine officer. “We can’t do anything if we don’t beat Donald Trump and bring this country together.” This was Moulton’s first trip to the Bay Area since he announced his run for the White … [Read more...] about Dem candidate Seth Moulton visits SF, says Trump harder to beat than most think
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When Pete Buttigieg’s Democratic presidential campaign passed through San Francisco in February, he was greeted by a throng that consisted of pretty much me. Plus a radio outfit, a handful of donors and some techies curious about what he would say at the headquarters of the on-demand delivery company, Postmates. The two most pressing questions then for the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., were: “Who is this guy?” And, “How do you pronounce Buttigieg?” (It’s BOOT-edge-edge.) But Thursday night, Buttigieg packed a 300-seat room at the Marines’ Memorial Club for an onstage interview. Somehow over the past month, Democrats have figured out who Buttigieg is. He’s “the hottest candidate in the Democratic presidential field,” CNN’s Chris Cillizza said the other day. “Don’t look now, but a (nother) skinny kid with a funny name is turning heads in the presidential race. In 2008, it was Barack Obama. In 2020, … [Read more...] about Pete Buttigieg, suddenly a hot Democratic ticket, draws a crowd in SF
WASHINGTON — House Democrats overwhelmingly selected San Francisco Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the party’s nominee for speaker Wednesday, but she still has work to do to lock in the votes to reclaim the position she lost eight years ago. Pelosi won the yes-or-no vote by a far greater margin than when she last prevailed in a party leadership election two years ago. However, the number of Democrats who voted against her Wednesday was far more than Pelosi can afford to lose when the full House elects a speaker Jan. 3. Pelosi and her supporters said they were confident she can line up the support she needs over the next five weeks. “I think we’re in pretty good shape,” Pelosi said. “We go forward with confidence and humility. ... Are there dissenters? Yes, but I expect to have a powerful vote as we go forward.” Now Playing: A glimpse behind the scenes as San Francisco Rep. Nancy Pelosi took another step toward reclaiming the speakership. Video: San … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi has work to do to wrap up House speaker’s job
WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, the hard-charging Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq is leading the challenge to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her bid for speaker - and is suddenly taking incoming political fire from all quarters. Prominent liberal activists are openly floating a primary challenge to the two-term Massachusetts congressman, the instigator of the nearly 20 Democratic foes to Pelosi and one who helped recruit several of the incoming freshmen opposing her. Outraged by the treatment of the first female House speaker, Pelosi's backers have characterized the effort as a sexist putsch and urged calls to Moulton's office as well as the other male Democratic opponents. Inside the House, Moulton's ambition and sharp elbows have long been a subject of his colleagues' grumbling, and his latest fusillade at Pelosi - this time, after a sweeping electoral win - has angered even some of his admirers. "Is he rubbing people the wrong way with how he's perceived in this? I … [Read more...] about Democratic Rep. Moulton draws fire for campaign to deny Pelosi speaker’s job
So far, President Trump has acted much like he did in business, starting his initiatives with forceful opening shots. That’s a classic negotiating tactic, and his latest use of it appears to have come in his threat to cut federal funding to California should it declare itself a sanctuary state. “If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California,” Trump told Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly in an interview that aired on Sunday. “California in many ways is out of control, as you know. ... If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly that would be a weapon,” he said. “Obviously, the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.” Threatening to cut funding to the nation’s most populous state — and the one with the biggest economy — was Trump’s opening gambit, even though a president cannot unilaterally cut federal funding to a … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ bravado translate to politics?