2020 Dems give cold shoulder to Sanders’ single payer bill

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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?

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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”

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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.”

O’Malley plans Iowa swing

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James Q. Lynch for The Gazette:

“As a Democratic presidential hopeful, Martin O’Malley visited 77 Iowa counties in the run-up to the 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

“Now, the former Maryland governor is coming back — not for himself, but to raise funds for Iowa Senate incumbents up for re-election.

“’My mantra is if we’re ever going to govern this country again, we have to win back the states,’” O’Malley said about the Democratic Party. So he’s been to 18 states this year, including key states like New Hampshire and Florida, and now he’s headed to Iowa.

“However, he added, it’s too early to make a decision about 2020 or beyond.

“’What all of us learn to do in life is to do the very next good thing,’” he explained. “’The good thing I have to offer is to help people in the arena in these times, for these midterms.'”

Clooney 2020?

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Conor Gaffey for Newsweek:

“George Clooney hasn’t shied away criticizing President Donald Trump since the shock victor took office in January.

“The actor and filmmaker called Trump a “Hollywood elitist” in February for reaping financial benefits from his work in television and film, and recently said that the president was “in over his head” and incapable of fulfilling his duties.

“And on Saturday, Clooney jokingly threw his hat in the ring to succeed Trump while promoting his new film Suburbicon at the Venice Film Festival.

“’Would I like to be the next president? Oh, that sounds like fun,’” said Clooney in response to a question at a press conference, Variety reported.”

Why did the New York Times only mention 8 prospective 2020 candidates?

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Virginia Kruta writing for the IJR:

“As the U.S. enters the ninth month of Trump’s presidency, The New York Times has published a list of the 2020 Democratic “contenders” — a list that should have the people hoping to make Trump a “one-term president” a little nervous.

First, the list reveals that the Democratic Party’s bench just isn’t that deep. Only nine names are on the list, and nearly all of them come with at least one caveat.

“The Democrats have three “contenders” who say they’re not running (McAuliffe, Warren, and Biden), three who won’t admit they’re running (Harris, Ryan, and Gillibrand), one (Delaney) who is a self-described “long shot,” and one the party doesn’t even want (Sanders).”

Obama’s inner circle begins to choose sides

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Harriet Sinclair for Newsweek:

“Former Obama aides have their sights sets firmly on 2020, with a number of them giving early indications as to who they’ll back for president.

“Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is among the potential candidates to enjoy support from two of the former president’s allies, Valerie Jarrett and Obama Foundation CEO David Simas, with sources telling The Hill the pair would back a Patrick bid.

“His camp’s loyalties could be split however if Joe Biden decides to run, with many of Obama’s trusted confidantes close to the former vice president, who is said to be considering his options for 2020.”