„I wasn’t sure it was a good idea, to be perfectly honest,“ the former New Hampshire state senator-turned-podcast host said recently. „What held me back a little bit was as Bernie says, ‚It’s not me, it’s us,‘ and that so many other candidates were picking up what he was talking about.“
Many progressives said similar things at the beginning of this campaign cycle. They felt that issues that Sanders has championed, such as Medicare for All, were now part of the party’s mainstream debate.
But as the campaign dragged on …
Belonging to the left means holding a wide-ranging worldview, based on the belief that all humans are born equal, worthy of equal and fair treatment. This is why the left fights for weaker segments of society, for laborers and for migrants. This is why a true left must fight for people who are living under an occupation that deprives them of the most fundamental rights while preventing them from fulfilling their national aspirations of living in a state of their own, alongside Israel.
TAPPER: So when Donald Trump smears people, Democrats all stand up and say, you’re smearing someone. Stop it. Why don’t Democrats do that, to say that about Tulsi Gabbard? It seems like an obvious smear. I don’t see any evidence she’s a Russian asset. It seems like a wild accusation.
BUTTIGIEG: Yes, I think statements like that ought to be backed by evidence.
Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and Plaid Cymru say they will vote against the government or abstain in Monday’s vote on whether to hold a snap poll.
As Labour MPs chickened out of voting for an election, some of their ranks were less subtle in their u-turning, from having called for an election for years.
Marr Rodda – MP for Reading East – embarrassingly called for Boris to hold a general election, only to vote against an election 80 minutes later.
Bernard Jenkins said: “Is there some way of tabling a motion that this house has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Opposition?”
This prompted the Commons to erupt in laughter, even making Commons Speaker John Bercow smile.
Boris Johnson added: “It’s the first time in history the Opposition has shown confidence in the Government.“
Thornberry said she would prefer a later date than 15 October. “I personally think that we need to have a general election when we’re going to win it. I’ll wait a couple of weeks. If we can give them a little bit of extra rope … just let them be in power for a few more weeks then people can really see how bad they are,” she told Sky News.
Asked if he would consider it a racist attack if someone told his wife Elaine Chao — who is the US Secretary of Transportation and an immigrant and naturalized US citizen — to go back to her own country, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sidestepped the question and talked about his support for legal immigration.
The Prime Minister is consulting senior ministers over the weekend on the way ahead after MPs voted on Friday to reject the Withdrawal Agreement by a majority of 58.
ITV Political Correspondent Paul Brand said the letter was not being widely circulated over fears it could reveal who first authored the piece.
Johnson and Rees-Mogg are capitulating – we shouldn’t be surprised.
(1.2.2019) Insisting once again that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, the head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog complained this week that attempts – he didn’t say by whom – to pressure the agency on inspections were “counter-productive and extremely harmful.”
The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was interviewed by Andrew Marr, who asked about the difficulties ahead:
AM: How many Tory MPs do you think will vote against this?
JH: Well that’s a very difficult question and the arithmetic at the moment is looking challenging, but a lot can change over the next two weeks.