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Joe Biden tells Democratic lawmakers…’don’t lose sight of their message’…

Former Vice President Joe Biden gave a pep talk to a  Democratic caucus  get together and pushed them to not get distracted by Donald Trump’s sidewalk act and continue to help the broad expanse of Americans….No just the rich…

“We have to stand up for and protect the core values of this nation. They’ve never been under such direct assault as they are today,” Biden said, telling the caucus that world leaders have called him asking, “‘What the hell is going on?’”

“The president’s looking out for himself only,” Biden said, and Republicans are looking out for him. “So it’s our job to remind the American people we’re looking out for them,” he said.

But he warned Democrats against getting distracted.

He spoke especially forcefully about what he called a “false choice” between fighting for socially progressive values and delivering a message of economic security for the middle class.

He also cautioned Democrats against losing sight of their own message when responding to the president….

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Democrats still do not have a figurehead to speak for the party….

The Hill runs a story pointing to the fact that Democrats do not have person on deck to counter the Republicans, who stand behind Donald Trump in talking to the media….

Barack Obama isn’t the voice….

Former Presidents don’t do that….

Chuck Schumer is too busy to fill the role full time….

Nancy Pelosi attracts too much negative….

And Orah Winfrey just said no thanks, as if she could be a choice….

Bernie Sanders isn’t a Democrat and he’s only for himself….

Joe Biden has been quietly setting up for his final run at the Presidency….

And the new guy Joe Kennedy is just that….The new guy who is dealing with the attention to his what was on on his lip durning his speech….

Democrats expect to field a crowded primary in 2020 with as many as 30 potential candidates vying for the nomination. Democratic strategists say the bench includes heavy hitters like former Vice President Joe Biden, 2016 primary runner-up Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in addition to Warren and Gillibrand.

Still, as primary season inches closer, the party’s desire to find anyone who could lead the “resist” movement to the Trump administration and its policies is on full display.

David Wade, the Democratic strategist who served as a longtime senior aide to former Democratic nominee John Kerry, called it “the era of Democratic speed dating.”

“It seems like every week, Democrats are swiping right on political Tinder trying to find the perfect match to send their hearts aflutter,” Wade said.

“But politics is like real life, you can’t force these things, it just has to happen and it usually happens when you least suspect it.”…..

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Joe Biden to give speech at Democratic House get together…

The former Vice President currently leads in the 2020 Presidential sweepstakes polling….

House Democrats are locked out of things these days, but feel that they will be back in control of the House in 11 months…..

Could Biden be securing political IOU’s with a ‘rah, rah’ session for his fellow Democrats?…(Biden is sure to be available to campaign for House members Midterm chances)

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the House Democratic retreat next week, according to a person familiar with the planning.

Biden will be the keynote speaker at the three-day confab, which kicks off in Cambridge, Maryland, on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Biden will address the 194-member caucus on Wednesday, the person familiar with the planning said.

Government funding runs out Feb. 8 — in the middle of the annual event — but Democrats are still expected to attend if the House and Senate can pass another short-term funding bill early next week.

Biden, 75, has not ruled out challenging President Donald Trump for the White House in 2020 and continues to poll well among Democratic voters as a potential presidential candidate.

And Biden — the “scrappy kid from Scranton,” as former President Barack Obama once described him — has the potential to cut into the working-class base that propelled Trump to power.

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Three years out from 2020…Biden beats Trump by 17% points…

Yea I KNOW….

Three years IS a long time out….

So we don’t take them seriously….

But below the headline?

This IS something that Republicans should be getting concerned about….

They ARE going into a midterm election in  less than 10 months…

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President Donald Trump faces an uphill climb to re-election in 2020 against a slate of prominent potential Democratic hopefuls, according to new polling from CNN conducted by SSRS.

In a series of hypothetical 2020 one-on-one contests Trump trails Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by a 55% to 42% margin among registered voters. He lags further behind former Vice President Joe Biden by a wide 57% to 40% split, and trails television personality Oprah Winfrey by a 51% to 42% divide.
The potential broad margins for the Democratic 2020 matchups are shaped by winning over some core groups that cast ballots for Trump in 2016, including white women and whites with a college degree. Trump leads among whites without a degree, though it’s cut to just one-third of his gaping 2016 margin. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2 percentage points in 2016 but lost in the Electoral College.
Still, polling this far ahead of an election fails to fully reflect the realities of a campaign — namely, the focused negative messaging that the sitting President currently faces….
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Joe Biden joined Doug Jones for his swearing in as the new US Dem Senator from Alabama…..

Biden and Jones are friends and the former Vice President was there to provide support ….

Joe Biden ‘s expected run for the Democratic Presidential nomination (3rd Time’s a charm’) and President itself will probvably lean on a LOT from the Doug Jones Alabama US Senate win playbook…

The US Senate Republican  majorty shrinks by one with Jones aboard….(Two memebers of the GOP majority are in touch and go health )

Former Min Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was also sworn in as the US Senator from Minnesota (Dem) today, replacing Al Franken, who stepped down….

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Democrat Doug Jones was sworn in Wednesday as Alabama’s newest U.S. senator, reducing the Republican advantage to 51 to 49 and giving his party more room to impede President Trump’s 2018 legislative agenda.

Jones took his oath of office alongside former vice president Joe Biden, a longtime friend who had urged him to run last year. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) was also sworn in Wednesday to replace former senator Al Franken; she was joined by former vice president Walter Mondale.

Jones, 63, became the most junior member of the Senate, just behind Smith. It’s not yet clear which committees Jones will serve on; there is pressure to give Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) the seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee that opened when Franken resigned.

But Jones is already playing an outsize role in Senate politics. His presence allows Democrats to block any Trump nominee, or any budget bill, by winning over just two Republicans. (If one Republican defects, Vice President Pence can break a tie.) Senate Republican aides privately conceded that Jones’s vote will make it nearly impossible to take another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act and may quiet talk of a push for major entitlement legislation this year….

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U.S. Sen. Tina Smith was sworn into office Wednesday, joining the upper chamber of Congress as it prepares for a busy year at an unpredictable time in Washington.

Smith, who had been Minnesota’s lieutenant governor and worked behind the scenes as an influential DFLer for years before that, was sworn in as Minnesota’s newest U.S. senator just after noon Eastern time. She stood at the front of the Senate chamber alongside Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, also a Democrat, as Vice President Mike Pence administered their oaths of office….

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Donna Brazile SAYS she wanted Biden to replace Hillary Clinton last year…

She writes in her new book that she DID have a worry that like in 2008?

Hillary  Clinton would again had a sloppy , misdirected and aimless campaign and THAT IS what she saw the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign to be….

Brazile writes that despite all of this?

She stuck with Clinton because of the first woman factor ( she couldn’t change anything)….

Joe Biden was just NOT there  in his head last year….

So lets also not change history…

But yea…Hillary Clinton has proven that campaigning FOR President is NOT something she likes and is good at, even if won the popular vote a year ago….

Former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile writes in a new book that she seriously contemplated replacing Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee with then-Vice President Biden in the aftermath of Clinton’s fainting spell, in part because Clinton’s campaign was “anemic” and had taken on “the odor of failure.”

In an explosive new memoir, Brazile details widespread dysfunction and dissension throughout the Democratic Party, including secret deliberations over using her powers as interim DNC chair to initiate the process of removing Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) from the ticket after Clinton’s Sept. 11, 2016, collapse in New York City.

Brazile writes that she considered a dozen combinations to replace the nominees and settled on Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), the duo she felt most certain would win over enough working-class voters to defeat Republican Donald Trump. But then, she writes, “I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”

Brazile paints a scathing portrait of Clinton as a well-intentioned, historic candidate whose campaign was badly mismanaged, took minority constituencies for granted and made blunders with “stiff” and “stupid” messages. The campaign was so lacking in passion for the candidate, she writes, that its New York headquarters felt like a sterile hospital ward where “someone had died.”…

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Brazile does NOT mention Sanders as a choice, eh?

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McCain goes after Trump like Corker has…

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In an event that John McCain made with Joe Biden?

The Arizona Republican Senator joins Sen Corker and Sec of State Rex Tillerson and using strong comments to deride Donald Trump as President….

An emotional Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) launched a thinly veiled critique of President Trump’s global stewardship Monday night, using a notable award ceremony to condemn “people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

McCain said that “some half-baked, spurious nationalism” should be considered “as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee spoke with Independence Hall in his line of sight, having just been awarded the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan institution built across the street from the spot where the Founding Fathers debated the nation’s future.

The award was presented by Joe Biden, the former vice president who served 22 years in the Senate with McCain. Biden is now chairman of the Constitution Center.

In his remarks, Biden paid tribute to McCain’s commitment as a captured Navy pilot refusing early release from his Vietnamese captors, to his bipartisan work in the Senate….

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Update….

Trump warns McCain….

Ah….Add McCain to the increasing group of Senators have little reason to support their party leader?

Pence and Biden visit Virginia to stump for their parties Virginia Governor candidates…

Polling still shows Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie…

The current and former vice presidents swooped into the Virginia governor’s race Saturday, with Vice President Mike Pence rallying for Republican Ed Gillespie in the state’s Trump-loving Southwest and Joe Biden hosting a low-key economic development roundtable for Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in vote-rich Northern Virginia.

The events came with just over three weeks to go in one of the most closely watched statewide elections of 2017, highlighting the candidates’ paths to victory as their parties push for a win to herald ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

The two events could hardly have been more different. Northam and Biden campaigned before a crowd of about 100 in a co-working space on the 8th floor of a building in a mixed-use development in Reston, where two-thirds of adults have a college degree and the median household income tops $110,000. They bypassed political red meat and instead discussed Northam’s economic policies.

Pence, meanwhile, traveled to the Washington County fairgrounds, one of the few politically safe regions of the state to bring a Trump administration official. His rally with Gillespie in Abingdon, where the Republican presidential ticket took home 75 percent of the county vote, was expressly political. Pence repeatedly attacked Northam in front of the crowd of 400 people….

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Joe Biden hammers Trump again….

If Joe Biden isn’t running for President in 2020?

He SHOULD be…

In the second time in a month…He is pounding Donald Trump HARD.

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Passionate and pugnacious, his voice sometimes erupting in anger, Biden warned on Thursday that the US was heading down “a very dark path” and urged Washington’s foreign policy establishment to take a stand.

It is rare for ex-presidents or vice-presidents to criticise their successors’ actions. So far Barack Obama has carefully picked his targets, issuing a few pointed remarks or written statements. But Biden, 74, speaking to an invited audience at a thinktank, decided to let rip.

“I really feel incredibly strongly that the women and men sitting before me, who have been the intellectual backbone of the foreign policy establishment in this country for decades, have to start to speak out,” he said. “President Obama and I have been very quiet and respectful, giving the administration time, but some of these roots are being sunk too deeply. I believe it’s time to challenge some of the dangerous assumptions that are attempting to replace that liberal world order.”

Biden, who spent four decades serving in high public office, was receiving the Zbigniew Brzezinski annual prize at the Center for International Studies thinktank. The auditorium was packed, with many people standing, and hushed as he offered a damning verdict on the Trump presidency.

Acknowledging that many Americans feel left behind by globalisation, he said: “The appeal to populism and nationalism is a siren song, a way for charlatans to aggrandise their power, raise themselves up, break down those mechanisms that were designed, whether in our constitution or internationally, to limit the abuse of power, and destabilise the world.

“It’s not alarmist. We’re walking down a very dark path that isolates the United States on the world stage and, as a consequence, endangers – not strengthens – endangers American interests and the American people.”

In a dig at Trump’s past career as a New York property developer, Biden said: “Rather than building a shared narrative of freedom and democracy that inspires nations to unite in common goals, this administration casts global affairs in a dog-eat-dog competition, like it’s a competition: who gets that plot to build the new high rise building.”…….

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Hillary Clinton takes shots at Joe Biden also in her new book…

The women IS getting a LOT off her chest , eh?

Politics IS a contact sport….

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in her new book openly questions former Vice President’s Joe Biden‘s assessment that the Democrats did not focus on the middle class during the presidential race.

“Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 ‘did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,'” Clinton said in her new book, “What Happened,” which was obtained by CNN.

“I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class,” she continued.

Clinton was referring to comments made by Biden, in which he criticized Democrats’ strategy to win over working-class voters that used to be a safe voting bloc for the party.

“Because of the negative campaign that [Donald] Trump ran, how much did we hear about that guy making 50,000 bucks on an assembly line, the woman — his wife — making $28,000 as a hostess?” Biden said in May.

“They have $78,000, two kids, living in a metropolitan area, and they can hardly make it,” Biden continued, adding “When was the last time you heard us talk about those people?” ….

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Interesting how Clinton is open now that she lost, eh?

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2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination race updates 8/31/17….

Book Releases….

Former Vice President Joe Biden will release a new book this fall that could also serve as a test for whether the country is interested in seeing him run for president.

Longtime advisers to Biden see his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose” as the ultimate test for whether or not he’ll wade into a potentially crowded 2020 field.

“It’s a chance to step out on his own terms with a character reinforcing narrative that reintroduces himself to America as more than a vice president,” said one former senior aide. “

His book tour will be a vital test. Can he generate enthusiasm and crowds, and subtly market his character and conviction, his values and vision to a national audience?

“It’s a great soft launch for a potential campaign,” the confidant said.

Biden’s book is due to be published on November 14th, nearly a year after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

He’s just the latest potential 2020 candidate to come out with a new book.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) have also released books this year, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came out with a book this month aimed at young readers: Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution.”…

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Bernie Sanders….

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold two events in New Hampshire on Labor Day, a schedule that only intensifies speculation that he’ll make another bid for the White House in 2020.

Sanders will speak first at a breakfast in Manchester for New Hampshire’s AFL-CIO, an event which requires a $30 donation, his campaign arm announced on Thursday.

The senator will then head to a rally in Concord that is hosted by Rights & Democracy New Hampshire and is open to the public. Sanders will end the day with two other events in his home state of Vermont…..

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