2020: The presidential run of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) has barely got off the ground, and there are already reports of disarray in the campaign. Apparently, her announcement 3 weeks ago that she was running surprised even her own staffers after weeks of internal debating over the timing of the campaign rollout and multiple times where an announcement seemed imminent, but she pulled back. Her campaign manager and consulting firm are already pulling out of the campaign, and she is relying on her sister Vrindavan to act as campaign manager for now. She also suggested Sen. Mazie Hirono (D) engaged in anti-Catholic bigotry for her questioning of a Catholic nominee for a judgeship, a position that surprised and angered some because of the usual close working relationship between Hawaii’s congressional representatives and senators. The controversy, plus her current and previous stances on issues has given life to the campaign of state Sen. Kai Kahele (D), who is challenging her in the HI-2 Democratic primary.
2020: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) is visiting New Hampshire today and says he is close to making a decision about whether to run for president in 2020. Swalwell also said in early December that he would be open to running on a ticket with former VP Joe Biden either as Biden’s running mate or with Biden being his running mate.
2020: One potential candidate who isn’t running is California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). Newsom recently called the idea “crazy” and indicates he’s likely to endorse Sen. Kamala Harris (D).
Clinton: Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta says that despite speculation to the contrary, she is not running again. Reports surfaced again this weekend that Clinton is looking at possibly running again, but Podesta says that she says she is not running and “I take her at her word.”….