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The Democrat struggled to translate the energy from his 2018 Senate bid into a successful White House campaign.
The congressman emphasized his Midwestern roots in a state President Trump had carried, but ultimately his centrist pitch didn’t resonate with voters and he struggled to gain traction in the race.
In a rare press briefing for the administration, the White House acting chief of staff said President Trump held up aid to Ukraine as part of a quid pro quo — something Trump himself has denied.
The Trump White House says they will not participate in Congress’s ongoing impeachment inquiry, heightening a political and legal standoff between the two branches of government.
The shrinking field will please some who worry about Democrats’ chances of defeating President Trump. But some candidates are already complaining party leaders are trying to manipulate the process.
“What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told WHAS radio. “The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”
Over the past two weeks alone, seven House Republicans have announced they won’t run again, including two of just 13 GOP women in the House and the chamber’s lone African American Republican.
The president’s reelection campaign is selling reusable and recycled straws in its 2020 online store, because, it says, “Liberal paper straws don’t work.”
The 76-year-old former vice president focused on President Trump’s response to Charlottesville in his announcement. He enters the presidential race with renewed scrutiny of his decades in public life.
The Democrat announced his decision on ABC’s The View, saying he’s running to be a champion for manufacturing in a country that’s been fractured by trade and outsourcing.