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  1. I can't see Warren endorsing anyone other than Bernie. She waited to endorse Clinton until the primaries were over, presumably because she aligned more ideologically with Bernie. She's been very careful on not going after Bernie at all, and Bernie has done the same. They are friends and share all the same values, and it is definitely clear in the debates
  2. I don't think there is enough crossover in all of those categories for her to have national appeal. People who are concerned about Bernie's age would go to Warren. People who think Bernie or Warren are too far left would go to either Biden or Buttigieg (depending on if they are concerned about age). People who are concerned about lack of experience can go to really any of the other top candidates than Buttigieg. And you can also throw Yang in there who I think honestly probably merit of gaining support than Bloomberg. She could have a strong showing in Iowa, but even with that momentum I don't think she will be able to garner much support in big states like CA and TX, effectively shutting down her chances.
  3. I really liked Castro, he was an important voice in the race for issues like immigration and police reform. I think the reason he stayed in so long was so he could release as many proposals as he could and get more name recognition. He'll definitely be making the shortlist for VP pick.
  4. 1. Sanders 2. Buttigieg 3. Biden 4. Warren 5. Klobuchar
  5. I don't think it would help, especially with Biden. A vast majority of republicans would never vote for Biden, no matter who his VP is. Picking a republican just alienates even more progressives from voting for him which is a base he needs to win over. It also just wouldn't make sense ideologically. No realistic republican VP choice has similar views to any of the dem candidates. Bill Weld or John Kasich are probably the closest, but even then, the disagreements are far too much.
  6. Biden, Warren, or Bernie are going to be the nominee. Buttigieg could make it interesting but I don't see him getting the nomination, especially with his numbers with minority voters. Yang could even end up getting more delegates by the end than Buttigieg imo.
  7. Sanders and Warren were the winners. Both of them stayed on their message and did a good job defending any attacks thrown their way. Sanders had a few answers I didn't like (his answer on Obama's quote about old men getting in the way), but other than that he was energetic and doubled down on all his best points. Warren didn't seem to have much speaking time in the middle but in the beginning and end she was superb in her answers. Losers were Pete and Steyer. Pete was attacked left and right and ultimately he wasn't able to handle it as well as he should. His answers always lack substance too. Steyer was not memorable at all, and did himself no favors. It's not even that he was bad, he just didn't do anything to convince people he is the best choice. Biden had his best debate of the year (which is not saying much as the rest of his performances have been mostly horrendous).Yang was good,he had some really good answers, but he spoke the least and wasn't entirely memorable. Klobuchar also had her best debate (but again, not saying much as her other debates have been very lacking). It was definitely the most passionate I have seen her, which was a good thing.
  8. At this point I would vote for any of the dems over Trump except Tulsi or Bloomberg, if that were the case I think I would go 3rd party. Could change though, I said the same about Hillary during the primaries and ended up voting for her
  9. Yeah but he sure as hell won't be taking any voters from Sanders or Warren. I'd think if any candidate would lose voters to Bloomberg it would be Biden
  10. I don't think there is anything Trump can do to get me to vote for him. I have seen enough from him to know what he values and that it definitely is not on par with me. Even if he suddenly started pushing for progressive policies, it would not be believable at all for me. As for the dem primary, I support Bernie. If something serious about his health were reported, like that he has a condition of some sort that would inhibit his abilities to do the job needed as President, I would switch my support likely to Warren (though at that point I'm sure Bernie would drop out anyway).
  11. I got a 4, so I control the US House but there is a tie in the US Senate. Cabinet-wise that should help me get all of my nominees approved but there could be a few that I have to compromise to get the moderate dems to agree to. Much of my first 100 days would be through executive power, trying to undo much of the things Trump did as fast as I can. Executive Action/Orders: -Immediately negotiate back into the Paris Climate Agreement -Re-instate many of the regulations that Trump rolled back -Direct EPA to come up with a plan similar but more ambitious to Obama's Clean Power Plan -Reverse the "zero tolerance policy" and other inhumane immigration actions by Trump -Restore and expand protection for Dreamers -Stop construction of any new barriers along the Southern Border -Moratorium on any new fossil fuel leases -Begin to normalize relations with Cuba and repeal Trump's travel restrictions Congress: -Push to pass infrastructure bill with significant spending : focus on ensuring the bill includes money for renewable energy projects, replacing water pipes/improving water systems/wastewater systems, and green infrastructure such as better insulated buildings and energy efficiency -Rally support in congress for Medicare For All -Push congress to pass the FAMILY Act, which would guarantee 12 weeks of paid leave -Push for a gun control bill that would strengthen background checks, close loopholes, ban high capacity magazines -Repeal the 2017 tax cuts I don't know whether I would be able to get congress to actually do those things in my first 100 days, with the house on my side I think they will definitely pass those things, a 50-50 senate should be able to pass the rest but there could be some extra time for negotiating needed to get the votes on gun control and infrastructure. A President shouldn't rely solely on executive actions/orders, but I think it is important when congress may not be able to get it done and it is a pressing issue. I think most of my executive actions will be popular with voters and they will see them as necessary and me just doing what is best for the country.
  12. 1. I think disliking the other candidate is a bigger motivation. I didn't vote for Hillary just because she was a dem, I voted for her because I thought Trump's policies would have been a huge disaster for the country. I considered 3rd party but I realized that Trump was such a terrible candidate I had to give my vote to his main opposer even thought I wasn't from a safe swing state. Biden - 45 (liked him as VP, but seeing how out of touch he is with the party and running for president when his time clearly passed has caused him to drop considerably) Sanders - 90 (my favorite politician) Warren - 70 (may have been higher if you asked me a few months ago but lately she has done some things that have disappointed me Buttigieg - 40 (he went from young rising progressive to a moderate "we can't do that" candidate real fast) Harris - 50 Yang - 60 Gabbard - 30 Trump - 10 Pence - 5 Cruz - 5 Kasich - 45 Weld - 50 B. Obama - 65 GW Bush - 20 H. Clinton - 45 Romney - 30 J. McCain - 30
  13. President: Sen. Bernie Sanders VP: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ------------------------------------------------- State: Former Sen. Russ Feingold (Wisconsin) Treasury: Fmr Labor Sec./Economist Robert Reich (Pennsylvania) Defense: Rep. Barbara Lee (California) Att Gen: Attorney General of NY Letitia James (New York) Interior: Environmentalist Bill McKibben (California) Agriculture: Rep. Kim Schrier (Washington) Commerce: Businessman Andrew Yang (New York) Labor: Former Director of the Office of Public Engagement Gabriela Lemus (Washington DC) HUD: Mayor Jesse ArreguĂ­n (California) Health, etc.: Chief Medical Officer Claudia Fegan (Illinois) Transportation: Former FTA Official Carolyn Flowers (California) Education: Gov. Tim Walz (Minnesota) Energy: Former. Energy Sec. Steven Chu (Missouri) Veteran's Affairs: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) Homeland Security: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) This was a challenge. It doesn't fit all the requirements, if I spent more time playing around I'm sure I could but this is the best I could do for now. I think for the most part it's pretty close. A good mix of elected and un-elected officials (with 15 positions it can't be perfectly balanced so this is the best I can do). Certainly some picks in there to energize Sanders' base but tried to balance some not to alienate moderate voters Women: 8 Men: 7 Elected: 8 Un-elected 7 White: 6 African-American: 4 Asian: 3 Hispanic: 3
  14. Gabbard has so many views that just aren't in line with dems. There's a reason she keeps going on Fox shows like Tucker and Hannity - they actually like her over there. Republicans won't vote for her over Trump obviously, but she is the only dem candidate that they can tolerate because of how she has portrayed herself and how she has in many ways stood up for people on the right. I worry about her not endorsing the dem nominee or trying to take her campaign all the way to the convention and making the party even more divided
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