Democratic Debates, Sanders on Socialism, New Polls: This Week in the 2020 Race

The stage is set for the first Democratic debates this month, Joe Biden and President Trump square off in Iowa and we round up new policy proposals We’re trying something new in our 2020 presidential campaign coverage.Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race,” bringing you the key moments — from speeches and surprises among the candidates to new policies and polls that are influencing the campaign It’s a quick way to follow the presidential campaign and the sprawling field of 23 Democratic candidates Trust us, we know how hard it is to keep up. The debate lineups take shape Night One: June 26  Cory Booker  Julián Castro  Bill de Blasio  John Delaney  Tulsi Gabbard  Jay Inslee  Amy Klobuchar  Beto O’Rourke  Tim Ryan  Elizabeth Warren Night Two: June 27  Michael Bennet  Joseph R Biden Jr.  Pete Buttigieg  Kirsten Gillibrand  Kamala Harris  John Hickenlooper  Bernie Sanders  Eric Swalwell  Marianne Williamson  Andrew Yang After countless pleas to donors from candidates, much media prognostication and more than a little complaining, the Democratic National Committee pared the historically large field of presidential candidates who will appear in the first debates to 20 (Sorry, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar, Fla )Then NBC News stepped in Friday and set the lineups for the pair of debates, which are slated for later this month in Miami The second night will be stacked: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Senator Kamala Harris of California and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind , will share the stage June 27. The first night will be, well, less stacked, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts seems poised to dominate She’ll square off against former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and others June 26 Here’s our story on who’s in and who’s out. And here’s what the lineups will look like The state of the raceWhich Democrats Are Leading the 2020 Presidential Race?There are more than 20 Democrats running for president Here’s the latest data to track how the candidates are doing.June 14, 2019Trump and Biden spar in IowaAccording to Mr Biden, President Trump poses “an existential threat” to the country, its international standing and its values Mr. Biden, Mr. Trump said, was “a loser,” “a sleepy guy” and “the weakest mentally” — a candidate whom “people don’t respect ” Our colleagues in Iowa followed Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump as they traveled through the battleground state on Tuesday, calling it “the most ferocious day of attacks in the six-month-old presidential campaign” — and one that offered voters a preview of what a general election matchup between the two men might look like Read more about the day here.Bernie Sanders leans in to democratic socialism In an aggressive attempt to defuse voter concerns about his electability, Mr Sanders sought to define his brand of democratic socialism in a speech in Washington on Wednesday Mr. Sanders presented his vision of the ideology not as a set of extreme principles, but as a matter of “economic rights ” And he argued that his core political beliefs are embodied by longstanding, popular programs like Social Security and Medicare “Today in the 21st century, we must take up the unfinished business of the New Deal and carry it to completion,” he said Read more about the speech here. Still confused? You can find a primer on democratic socialism here Insights from a pair of pollsIt can seem like a new poll is released every day, and national polls may not tell us much about an election in which states carry the weight But we were struck by a new Quinnipiac University poll that showed only 10 candidates for the Democratic nomination registering any support Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, were among those who failed to reach the 1 percent mark Monmouth University also released its first survey of Nevada Democratic voters this week, which showed Ms Warren ahead of Mr. Sanders in the state. She trailed only Mr. Biden, who maintained a comfortable lead in Nevada, a key early-voting state You can read more about the Nevada poll here. A plan to address lead poisoning Remember Flint? At least one candidate does Last weekend, Mr. Castro became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit Flint, Mich Then, on Monday, he released a plan to combat lead poisoning. The plan called for a presidential task force to examine the major public health issue, as well as for increases in funding for lead remediation The proposal from Mr. Castro, who also participated in a Fox News town hall this week, at least momentarily placed the spotlight back on the clean water crisis in Flint More than five years in, it’s still far from over. As The Times reported earlier this year, the mayor of Flint is still telling residents to drink only bottled or filtered water “We’re back to where we first started, where we’re yelling and screaming,” a community advocate, Melissa Mays, said “And it seems like nobody can hear us.”And in other policy news:Mr. O’Rourke released a plan to protect L G.B.T.Q. rights, as well as a voter registration tool kit. Ms. Harris released what she called a “road map to citizenship” for the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers And Ms. Warren said she would create a “Small Business Equity Fund” of $7 billion to help level the playing field for entrepreneurs of color More stories on the 2020 raceHow Many Candidates Is Too Many?June 13, 2019Joe Biden’s Lead in Iowa Polls Might Be More Fragile Than It LooksJune 13, 2019Cut From the Debate? It Doesn’t Mean a Candidate Can’t MatterJune 13, 2019How Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren Cracked the Code of the 2020 RaceJune 13, 201923 Democrats Are Running for President Do Any of Them Know What They’re Doing?June 12, 2019

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