A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida finds Joe Biden leading President Trump in a presidential race, 50% to 41%. Other match ups:
- Bernie Sanders 48%, Trump 42%
- Elizabeth Warren 47%, Trump 43%
- Beto O’Rourke 45%, Trump 44%
- Pete Buttigieg 44%, Trump 43%
Said pollster Peter Brown: “Florida Republicans have won the last five major statewide elections, all by very close margins, but Sunshine State Democrats see these very early numbers as a sign that their losing streak might be coming to an end.”
Trump’s approval rating in Florida is underwater, 44% to 51%.
“Joe Biden isn’t the Democratic presidential nominee just yet, but that fact didn’t stop him from making a very bold prediction on Monday,” CNN reports.
Said Biden: “If I’m your nominee, I’m winning Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, believe it or not, and I believe we can win Texas and Florida. Look at the polling there now… I have no intention of walking away.”
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock “will not be one of the 20 presidential candidates who will appear at the first Democratic presidential debates in Miami next week,” CBS News reports.
“Instead, his campaign announced Tuesday that Bullock will hold town halls in Iowa and New Hampshire on both nights of the back-to-back debates.”
CNN: What the Democrats who didn’t make the debate stage will be doing instead.
“Sen. Amy Klobuchar has outlined actions she will take to address climate change and health care atop a long list of wide-ranging priorities for her first 100 days in office if she’s elected president in 2020,” CNN reports.
“According to an 18-page list obtained by CNN, on day one the Minnesota Democrat would have the US reenter the international Paris Climate agreement, which President Trump withdrew the US from in 2017. Her first outlined goal says she would work to ensure the US ‘maintains global leadership to address the climate crisis.’”
“Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal from the Bronx, will announce on Tuesday his plans to challenge Rep. Eliot Engel, the New York Democrat who leads the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, in the 2020 race,” the New York Times reports.
“The contest could serve as a key test of whether liberal insurgent groups can convert a surge of energy on the left into successful challenges of members of the Democratic Party establishment.”
Aaron Blake: “There is one poll question I keep coming back to when I think about President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. It’s the one in which pollsters ask whether people would definitely not vote for him.”
“This is an especially bad number for Trump. National polls generally show a majority of people (51-56 percent) say they wouldn’t — with Fox News polls being the exception. And now a poll also shows that number is remarkably bad for Trump in a surprising place: Texas. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows 43 percent say they’d never back Trump, and another 7 percent say they’re inclined to vote against him. That’s half the state intending not to vote for a Republican president … in Texas.”
“Joe Biden told supporters at a Manhattan fundraiser Monday night that his presidential campaign has raised money from 360,000 donors, with an average contribution of $55 — figures that suggest he has amassed nearly $20 million so far,” the Washington Post reports.
“If so, the former vice president’s haul would eclipse that of any of the other Democratic White House hopefuls in the first quarter of the year, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who reported taking in $18.2 million from about 500,000 donors.”
NBC News announced the candidate positions on the stage for the two-night event on June 26 and 27, and it will feature the contenders who’ve been leading in the polls in the middle of the stage.
That means on Night One, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke will be in the middle, while Night Two will feature Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
“President Trump’s political advisers wanted to keep the president off of Twitter during the Democratic debates next week, arguing that there was an advantage in letting potential challengers attack one another without distraction,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Now, there’s a new strategy. The president, who has spent years embracing social media for his political advantage, is tentatively planning to live-tweet the debates on June 26-27.”