Deval Patrick Is Running For President

The former Massachusetts governor joins the crowded field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

First he definitely wasn’t, then he was rumored to be considering it, and now it’s official: Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is running for president.

Patrick announced he’s joining the crowded field of Democratic candidates in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, a day after notifying senior party members of his intentions, reported The New York Times and CNN.

“I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field,” Patrick, 63, said in his video. “They bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat. But if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country.”

He continued:

In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American dream for the next generation, I am today announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.

Deval Patrick ✔@DevalPatrick

In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build

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7 Key Takeaways From The First Public Impeachment Hearing

Diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent were the first two witnesses to publicly testify in the House’s impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.

The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday held the first televised hearing of its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Democrats are investigating his attempt to withhold U.S. military aid to Ukraine until the country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Bill Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasian affairs, were the first two witnesses to publicly testify in the investigation, after they separately testified privately last month.

Throughout the hearing, Democrats tried to get the witnesses to admit that Trump’s behavior constituted an impeachable offense, while Republicans attempted to discredit the diplomats. Here are seven takeaways from Wednesday’s hearing with Taylor and Kent.

1. Bill Taylor’s Aide Was Told That Trump Cares More About Investigating Joe Biden Than About Ukraine

Taylor revealed new information about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine at Wednesday’s hearing that he had not known about at the time of his private testimony. The ambassador said that last week, an aide told him about a conversation he had with Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union who has become one of the most relevant characters in the investigation.

Taylor said that his aide was at a restaurant with Sondland on July 26 — the day after Trump’s call with Zelensky that prompted the whistleblower to file a complaint — when Sondland called Trump, who the aide apparently overheard ask the EU ambassador about “the investigations.” Sondland reportedly told Trump the Ukrainians were ready to move forward, according to Taylor.

“Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine,” Taylor said in his opening

Read more: http://electionnewschannel.com/top-news/125535-7-key-takeaways-from-the-first-public-impeachment-hearing

Rep Jim Jordan Denies Most Recent Accusation That He Knew Of Sexual Abuse At OSU

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Democrats worry they dont have right candidate to beat Trump

Democrats aren’t sure they have the right candidate to beat President Trump in next year’s general election. 

The party has been obsessed with finding the most electable candidate throughout the year, but less than 100 days before the Iowa caucuses, donors and grassroots voters still aren’t sure their field includes the right person. 

The anxiety has given a reason for new candidates to throw their names into the race. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering a run and on Tuesday filed the paperwork to get his name on the ballot for Arkansas’s primary. 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is also reconsidering his plans, and the uncertainty is spurring new questions about whether 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could make a comeback. 

“There are still a lot of people out there who believe there isn’t one standout candidate,” said one Democratic strategist who remains undecided because of the lack of appeal among the candidates. “It’s a diverse field but that doesn’t mean it’s a strong field.” 

Two candidates are generally seen as the front-runners in the race, but both face questions from Democrats.

Progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has impressed with her policy plans, and she’s drawn huge crowds on the campaign trail. But her upward trajectory in the race has scared moderate Democrats who think she can’t beat Trump in a general election. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads in a number of national polls and came in first in a Quinnipiac poll of New Hampshire that was released on Monday. He’s been boosted by strong support from African American Democrats. But his shaky performances at several debates have raised questions about whether he’s ready to take on Trump, or if he’s past his prime. Biden will turn 77 later this month.

The anxiety is creating fluidity in the race. 

A new Monmouth poll released Tuesday found the centrist South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in first place in Iowa with 22 percent support from likely Democratic caucusgoers. Biden was in second with 19 percent and Warren just a tick behind with 18 perce

Read more: http://electionnewschannel.com/top-news/125446-democrats-worry-they-don-t-have-right-candidate-to-beat-trump

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