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Inside 2020 (Nov 25th, 2019)

1. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg cast himself as a moderate focused on defeating President Trump as he officially launched a 2020 bid for the White House on Sunday. "We cannot afford four more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions," Bloomberg's campaign website reads, which frames the candidate as "a doer and a problem solver — not a talker." Bloomberg's late entry into the primary could make waves in the fluid race, as the billionaire is expected to spend at least $37 million on TV ads in the next two weeks. -- CNN

2. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders immediately pounced on Bloomberg's status as a billionaire as he entered the race. "I think [voters] want something different," Klobuchar said of another wealthy White House occupant. Warren noted that, in her administration, people like Bloomberg would "pay their fair share" in taxes. Sanders tweeted on Sunday, "multi-billionaires like Michael Bloomberg are not going to get very far in this election." -- DAILY BEAST

3. President Trump squashed rumors that he may replace Vice President Mike Pence with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on the 2020 ticket. "Mike Pence is a great vice president," Trump told Fox & Friends on Friday, adding Pence "is our man, 100 percent." Unsubstantiated rumors have swirled for months claiming Pence could be replaced by Haley in order to reinvigorate the ticket and help curb the GOP's perceived problems among suburban women. -- THE HILL

5. More 2020 Democrats are pitching themselves as the one who can defeat President Trump by reforming the Obama coalition, Politico reports. Candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro have shifted their messaging in recent weeks to highlight party demographics and electability. “What we need to talk about right now in this primary is which candidate can actually assemble the coalition we need to win, and that’s a big concern right now with who is leading the polls,” an official with the Harris campaign said. -- POLITICO   

6. Sen. Cory Booker has become the poster child for the Democrats' brutal primary race, according to The Washington Post. The former Newark mayor has garnered widespread praise after every debate, has a clear campaign message, and the experience and policy chops to stand out, the Post argued. But the candidate has yet to break into the top-tier of the expansive field with Democratic voters, illustrating just how competitive the primary race has been thus far. -- WASHINGTON POST

7. Oliver Davis, a longtime black city council member in South Bend, has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for the 2020 race, illustrating Mayor Pete Buttigieg's struggles to win black support. Buttigieg's track record as South Bend mayor on issues involving race has been a vulnerability for his candidacy. In order to win the nomination, the rising presidential contender must make significant inroads among black voters — a key constituency in the party. -- NEW YORK TIMES

8. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told Fox News that President Trump is the "chosen one" to lead the U.S. "God's used imperfect people all through history," Perry said. "King David wasn't perfect. Saul wasn't perfect. Soloman wasn't perfect." Perry is leaving the Trump administration amid the impeachment inquiry involving Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland testified that Perry had been in communication with Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in regards to finding political dirt on the Biden family from Ukrainian sources. -- USA TODAY

9. The possibility of impeachment is revealing contrasts between Democrats in rural and urban America, according to Reuters. While polling shows Democrats nationally remain overwhelmingly in favor of impeachment, the sentiment is far muddier in more conservative rural areas, where voters are quicker to claim the inquiry is a "waste of time." -- REUTERS 

10. Pollsters have outlined the main reasons why surveys failed to capture Trump's victory in 2016 — and how researchers can avoid the same failures going into 2020. According to the American Association of Public Opinion Research, a few critical factors consistently produced slightly inaccurate polling results in key battleground states three years ago. Surveys did not reflect voters' education levels accordingly, the group noted, and pollsters underrated the influence of white working-class voters in the Midwest, among other takeaways. -- NEW YORK TIMES

Robbie Couch is a writer and reporter whose work has been published on HuffPost, GOOD magazine, Upworthy, and more. In previous roles, Robbie has written about politics, pop culture news, and social issues.


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