Democrat presidential candidate Cory Booker’s campaign is forced to return a donation from a top Big Pharma executive after he was caught in an apparent lie. Booker said in the debate that he does not solicit donations from Big Pharma executives.
Returning the donation does not help Booker in his quest to stay alive in the Democrat presidential debate game, since more than half the field — including Booker — is facing elimination from future debates for not meeting the support threshold necessary to keep going.
ABC News reports: During last week’s presidential debate, the former Newark mayor took a strong stance against the pharmaceutical industry, saying that pharmaceutical companies should be “held criminally liable” for the health and opioid crisis across the country and further stated that his campaign doesn’t take contributions from the industry’s corporate PACs and executives.
ABC News’ closer examination of disclosure reports filed to the Federal Election Commission, however, revealed that Booker’s campaign did accept several donations from individuals associated with the pharmaceutical companies, including executives and leaders.
After ABC News reported on those donations as part of its debate fact checking, the Booker campaign told ABC News that they have decided to return a $2,800 donation from Eagle Pharmaceutical Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Michael Cordera.
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The Associated Press reported Monday that more than half of the Democrat candidates in the 2020 presidential race are in “real danger” of not making the cut for upcoming debates.
AP reports: “Of the 20 candidates who qualified for the first round of debates in June and July, just six are sure to appear in the September-October round, when the Democratic National Committee requires participants to hit 2% in multiple polls and 130,000 individual donors. Though many campaigns are worried, DNC Chairman Tom Perez has resisted pressure to relax the requirements.”
In a crowded primary, getting dropped from the debates means certain existential destruction.
Kirsten Gillibrand, whose father worked for the NXIVM child trafficking cult while her stepmother/first cousin was an active member, is facing elimination, as is Julian Castro and Amy Klobuchar.
Cory Booker is not happy, with AP reporting: “Booker noted in a weekend fundraising message that he’s more than 30,000 donors away from the threshold. His campaign insists he will hit polling and fundraising marks, but his allies are concerned by what they see as an inherent bias among online donors who traditionally skew white…Steve Phillips, an African American donor, activist and civil rights lawyer, said the fundraising requirements are unfair to black voters.”
The oncoming “cut” might explain why Eric Swalwell — best known for threatening to nuclear bomb the American people on Twitter — kissed up to Biden in the debate, praising him for talking about carrying a “torch” when Swalwell was only a kid and Biden was already a political candidate. Swalwell did not mention that Biden stole the “torch” bit from John F. Kennedy.
So far, the Democrat debates have revealed deep disdain for Joe Biden and media support for Kamala Harris.
With Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke foundering, the only two candidates who are gaining real grassroots or digitally insurgent support are Mayor Pete Buttigieg and tech businessman Andrew Yang, who claimed in the debate that he is not running on a right or left agenda — which might explain why he got the least speaking time of anyone on the second night stage. NBC also got into a public fight with Yang when he accused the network of cutting his microphone at opportune moments.
Buttigieg is being handled by savvy outsider strategist Lis Smith, who worked for Martin O’Malley during the rigged 2016 Democratic primary, while Yang is a hotshot on the web with his “Yang Gang,” which carried him to victory in the Drudge poll after the debate.
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POLL: Hispanics Support Big Government Across The Board
Even Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of the Average Republican
Pew Research released some interesting statistics highlighting Latino voters’ views on national political problems based on a survey they conducted on Latino adults this past December.
Record numbers of Latinos — 32 million — will be voting in the 2020 general election. This exceeds the number of eligible black voters for the first time in history.
According to the results, the majority of Hispanic voters favor more government involvement on issues ranging from minimum wage to gun control.
62 percent of registered voters identify or lean toward the Democrat Party, whereas 34 percent connect with or lean in the direction of the Republican Party.
Several key findings stood out:
Most Hispanic voters (71%) say the government should do more to solve problems, while 27% say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.
The findings by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Abby Budiman revealed that 82 percent of Hispanics who identify with or lean Democrat “say the government should do more to solve problems, compared with 51% of those who affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.”
As far as minimum wage is concerned, the three authors found some interesting results
On the minimum wage, a large majority of Hispanic voters (79%) say they favor raising it to $15 an hour, including more than half (56%) who say they strongly favor this change. Majorities in both parties favor raising the minimum wage, though Hispanic Democrats are much more likely than Hispanic Republicans to do so (88% vs. 62%, respectively).
The same Hispanic support for big government held true for healthcare which the authors noted below:
Hispanic voters generally believe the U.S. government should play a role in providing health care to Americans. About seven-in-ten (71%) say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 38% who favor a national health insurance system and 32% who prefer a mix of private and government health care coverage. Around a quarter (28%) say it is not the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, though most in this group say they prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
When broken down across partisan lines, there were some key differences between Hispanics Democrats and Hispanic Republicans:
Hispanic Democrats and Republicans have different views on the role government should play in providing health coverage. About eight-in-ten Hispanic Democratic voters (84%) say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure Americans have health care, with 49% supporting a national health insurance system. Meanwhile, about half (51%) of Hispanic Republican voters say it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure universal coverage, though most in this group prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
Interestingly, Hispanic Republicans were considerably to the Left of the average Republican voter on healthcare. 24 percent of Republican voters believe that the government should be responsible for guaranteeing healthcare coverage.
For gun control, there was also a noticeable Hispanic majority in favor of stricter gun laws:
“Around seven-in-ten Hispanic voters (68%) say gun laws should be stricter than they are today, while 24% say current gun laws are about right. Only 7% say gun laws should be less strict. The survey was conducted several months after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, involving a suspect who said he targeted Mexicans.”
Similarly, there was a sharp partisan gap on gun control among Hispanics:
Among Hispanic Democratic voters, 80% say gun laws should be stricter. Hispanic Republican voters are more evenly divided, with 44% saying gun laws should be stricter and 42% saying gun laws are about right.
In the Republican case, Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of Republican voters on gun control. Only 27 percent of Republican voters want stricter gun laws.
All things considered, continued mass migration will not only ensure eventual Democrat Party domination in the near future, but also a more leftist Republican opposition that now has a big government faction within its ranks.
Graphics from the study can be referenced below:
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