A Democrat Congressman from New York compared former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr. to an aging Muhammad Ali after Thursday night’s Democratic Primary debate.
“I thought of Muhammad Ali to be quite honest with you, who I loved dearly,”said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.). “I thought of his career. He wasn’t the same at the end of his career than he was at the beginning of his career.”
Meeks joined CNN’s Poppy Harlow on “CNN Newsroom” Friday morning, where Harlow asked him what he thought about Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) calling Biden out for praising segregationist Senators on the debate stage.
“Clearly, the first round has gone to Kamala Harris and there’s going to be a second round,” Meeks continued. “Is [Biden] going to come back or not? The second round will become tremendously important.”
After Biden’s performance Thursday night, rumors have swirled about turmoil within his campaign.
Big League Politics reported:
According to a New York Magazine correspondent who spoke with a source “close to the Biden campaign” towards the end of last night’s Democratic Party primary debate, Biden’s staff was not pleased with his poor performance.
“A source close to the Biden campaign tells me his staff is ‘freaking out’ about his poor performance tonight,” Olivia Nuzzi reported on Twitter. “The source said that internally, field staff says the campaign-organized debate watch parties in early voting states have been ‘awkward’ and that Biden isn’t playing well to those who attended.”
.@RepGregoryMeeks on the moment when Sen. Harris took on Biden during the debate.
"I thought of Muhammad Ali… he wasn't the same at the end of his career than he was at the beginning of his career. … Clearly the first round has gone to Kamala Harris." https://t.co/fJNNF64ftZ pic.twitter.com/ilZOKhCT9D
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) June 28, 2019
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DESPERATION: Never Trumpers Float Romney/Bloomberg as ‘the Unity Ticket America Deserves’
How pathetic are these guys?
The “Never Trump” brain trust over at The Bulwark has unveiled their antidote to stop the President they hate so much in this year’s election: a “unity ticket” consisting of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) as a presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his running mate.
Author Neal Simon made the argument that this potential third-party ticket would appeal to independents in an op/ed published on Monday.
“Senator Romney’s entrance into the presidential race wouldn’t just give the vital center of the electorate a home—it would stand a chance to break a system that is stacked against independents and third party candidates,” Simon argued.
He compared Romney’s potential to that of French President Emmanuel Macron, the reviled ruler who has populist Yellow Vest protesters rioting against his unpopular style of governance every weekend.
“And as Emmanuel Macron showed in France, standing up a new party and winning a presidential election in one motion is not impossible,” Simon wrote.
Simon posited that by putting Bloomberg on his ticket as Vice President, Romney could essentially buy the election, which is what Bloomberg is basically trying to do right now with his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“A Romney-Bloomberg ticket would be a first in modern American politics: A bipartisan unity ticket running under the banner of an independent third party,” he wrote.
Simon’s premise is predicated off of an assumption that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will win the Democrat presidential nomination. He believes that populism taking over the Republican and Democrat parties would open the door for a centrist revolution that could be led by Romney and Bloomberg.
“It would give both disgruntled Republicans who feel their party has become lost in Trump’s personality cult and Democrats who feel their party is lurching too far left towards a socialist revolution a voice on the ballot that reflects a popular idea of how the country should be run,” he concluded.
Simon, who was a failed independent candidate in the state of Maryland for the U.S. Senate in 2018, recently published a book titled, “Contract to Unite America: Ten Reforms to Reclaim Our Republic.” He is using the words of George Washington in his manifesto to defeat the new age of populist politics and return to the days of old.
“Capitalizing on personal insight derived from Simon’s political campaign along with extensive research, Contract to Unite America provides specific, practical solutions for an improved government and a better tomorrow,” Simon’s book description reads.
Unfortunately for Simon and the “Bulwark” neocons, the public has had enough of status quo politicians and does not want to return to the George W. Bush era. The dream ticket of Romney/Bloomberg is not likely to come to fruition.
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