Sen. Jeff Merkley dips his toe in 2020 waters


Gordon Friedman for The Oregonian:

“U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley stoked rumors of a possible 2020 presidential bid with a CNN interview in June and an op-ed in The Des Moines Register last week.

“Merkley wouldn’t confirm if he’s considering a presidential campaign. But neither would he flatly deny it.

“Asked if it’s fair to say he’s considering a run, Merkley told The Oregonian/OregonLive, “‘It’s fair to say I’m completely focused on my 25 senate colleagues who are up for reelection.'”

“Nevertheless, Merkley’s recent public statements have prompted some to declare strongly that he is, in fact, running.

“‘We can absolutely say he’s running now,'” Pacific University professor Jim Moore, who studies Oregon politics, told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “‘There’s no reason for him to write to people in Iowa, other than he’s testing the waters.'”


Cosmopolitan: Amy Klobuchar isn’t running in 2020…Yet.


Robin Marty for Cosmopolitan:

“Senator Amy Klobuchar tells anyone who asks that she isn’t running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. “’I am happy where I am right now, focused on the needs of Minnesotans,’” I hear her say more than once in August at the Minnesota State Fair — the event of the year for any local politician with county, state, or national aspirations.

“At least half of those who speak to her urge her to run in 2020, one woman wistfully calling her “’Madame President … someday.’” Klobuchar greets them all as if they were her closest friends, in one case even absentmindedly taking a French fry from a young woman’s cup and eating it as they chatted.

“It’s that sort of across-the-aisle support that could make Klobuchar a formidable contender come 2020. While Minnesota has traditionally voted Democrat in every presidential election since 1972, the larger Midwest and Great Lakes area has a much more varied result. Had Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio gone blue in 2016 as they had during the Obama elections, there would be a second President Clinton in the White House.”

PredictIt: Bet on Trump for 2020 GOP nomination


William Cummings for USA Today:

“Unlike most incumbents, President Trump is almost certain to face one or more challengers for his party’s nomination in 2020, if he seeks re-election.

“But the president need not worry about any threat to his nomination from outside the White House, according to the prediction market Predictit.

“The site, where “traders” buy and sell shares in the outcomes of future events, opened trading on the 2020 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday. And the share prices for Trump easily outpriced those of all his potential Republican challengers.”

Kamala Harris to decide on dinner first, then White House bid


Max Greenwood for The Hill:

“Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) dodged questions Tuesday about whether she’s weighing a presidential bid, saying that she doesn’t “‘even know what I’m having for dinner.'”

“She was asked by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell if her decision to co-sponsor a single-payer health care bill led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) signaled that she might mount a White House run of her own in 2020.

“‘The reason that I am supporting Medicare for all is really pretty basic, which is that it’s, I believe, the moral and ethical right thing to do,'” she said. “‘And to do otherwise means to have a system where we’re just not being smart.'”

“‘Well, I guess you’ll just continue to think about what you might do in 2020 and we can talk about it the next time,'” O’Donnell said.

“‘Lawrence, I don’t even know what I’m having for dinner,'” Harris replied, before bursting out into laughter.

“Harris, a former California attorney general who entered the Senate in January, has been among the lawmakers rumored to be potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.”


Joe Lieberman to Elizabeth Warren: Stay out of 2020 race


Laurel J. Sweet for the Boston Herald:

“Former vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman believes U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the undoing of the Democratic Party if she’s picked to run against President Trump in 2020.

“’She’s obviously very bright and her voice should be heard. But look, I got into politics because of another senator from Massachusetts: John F. Kennedy. He was the inspiration of our generation,’” Lieberman, 75, a former U.S. senator from Connecticut, said today during an appearance on Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” program.

“’That’s the Democratic Party that I still believe in,’” Lieberman said, “’and I don’t see that Elizabeth Warren represents that party. But let me bring it closer: Bill Clinton ran in 1992 on a platform similar to what JFK ran on and governed on. I don’t think, no matter what the mood, the Democratic Party will win a national election if it’s seen as a far-left party.’”

Trump cancels Texas fundraisers


Alex Isenstadt for Politico:

“President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has canceled a series of fundraisers it had planned to hold in Texas this fall in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to three Republicans familiar with the decision.

“Trump had been scheduled to host a Dallas fundraising dinner in late September, while Vice President Mike Pence had been slated to headline a dinner in San Antonio followed by a lunch in Houston, both to take place in early October. All three events, which had been part of a national Trump reelection campaign fundraising swing, have been removed from the schedule as the Lone Star State recovers from the storm.

“The events are to benefit Trump Victory, a joint Trump reelection-Republican National Committee campaign account. They come as the president has begun to take steps to prepare for a 2020 campaign.”

2020 contenders weigh in on DACA

2020 Dems give cold shoulder to Sanders’ single payer bill


Phillip Stucky for the Daily Caller:

“Potential Democratic presidential challengers have yet to back Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single payer health care bill, a move that has many progressives worried about their stance in the party.

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is the only high-profile lawmaker to openly approve the plan. However, other Democrats and progressives alike have been slow to support the measure.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe haven’t spoken publicly about the proposed measure, and other high-profile Democrats like Sens. Chris Murphy, Sherrod Brown, and Kirsten Gillibrand have yet to announce their support as well.

Will America ever have a Gen X president?


Peter Weber for The Week:

“If some millennial manages to become the next president of the United States — say, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who’s definitely not running — Generation X may have lost its shot at the Oval Office.

“It wouldn’t have been for lack of trying. In 2016, several representatives of the generation born between 1965 and 1980 (give or take a few years in either direction) took running leaps in the presidential primaries: Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker; Ted Cruz even gave Donald Trump a run for his money, and conservative independent candidate Evan McMullin was considered a real contender to win Utah’s six electoral votes.

“What would a Gen X president have to offer? You may still think of Generation X as the slackers from such ’90s classics as Singles, Reality Bites, and, well, Slackers. But that was then. Now, they’re the tough, no-nonsense former latchkey children. “Gen-X did not inherit the military structure of the Greatest Generation, the class structure of the Silent Generation, nor the automatic economic growth given to the baby boomers,” GOP consultant Brad Todd wrote in The Atlantic last year. “Instead, they inherited the latchkey kid autonomy that came from a skyrocketing divorce rate, and the adult career uncertainty ushered in by post-industrial economic transition.”

“As a generation, Pew tells us, Gen X is politically about halfway between the more conservative boomers and the more liberal millennials — whether that’s a shifting-right-with-age phenomenon or something deeper is presumably to be determined. But it seems more complicated than simply occupying the political center. “It was Gen Xers who popularized the phrase ‘socially liberal, economically conservative,'” generational researcher David Rosen wrote at Politico in January 2016, “an ideological orientation reflecting their underlying distaste for authority.”

In New Hampshire, Sanders calls Trump a “pathological liar”


Paul Steinhauser in the Concord Monitor:

“U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders used a brief visit to New Hampshire on Labor Day to fire away at President Donald Trump.

“Sanders called the President ‘a pathological liar’ and slammed Trump’s expected move to end a program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children – known as dreamers – labeling it a ‘very, very cruel decision.’

“But the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, who a year and a half ago handily defeated Hillary Clinton in the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary, avoided any mention of whether he’ll make another bid for the White House and scolded reporters who brought up the issue.”