President Donald Trump declares that if Iran ever threatens the United States again, he plans to end them. His statement is spurred by reports that a rocket landed near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!"
Senator and 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-VT) replies to President Trump’s statement that if Iran threatens the U.S., he will go to war with them. Senator Sanders discourages a war with Iran, citing that it would be harmful for the United States.
"Trump, the schoolyard bully, is threatening to take us into another war in the Middle East. Just what we need! But it will not be Trump's or his billionaire friend's kids and grandkids who fight and die in that war. It will be working-class kids. No war with Iran!"
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shares his support for President Trump’s approach to the conflict in Iran and Iraq after receiving a briefing from National Security Advisor Bolton.
"Just received a briefing from National Security Advisor Bolton about escalating tensions with Iran. It is clear that over the last several weeks Iran has attacked pipelines and ships of other nations and created threat streams against American interests in Iran. If the Iranian threats against American personnel and interests are activated we must deliver an overwhelming military response. Stand firm Mr. President."
2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) explains his reasoning for accepting Fox News’ invite to a town hall, while many of his fellow democratic candidates have declined Fox’s invite. Buttigieg cites that although Fox can have hosts that "are not always there in good faith", it is important to come and speak on the news network in order to reach Americans from all over the U.S. and from both sides of the aisle.
"There's a reason anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem. But I also believe that even though some of those hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network who do it in good faith. And there are a lot of Americans who my party can't blame if they are ignoring our message, because they will never hear it if we don't go on and talk about it. We have to find people where they are, not change our values, but update our vocabulary so that we're truly connecting with Americans coast to coast."
President Donald Trump criticizes Fox News for hosting Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) on their network for a town hall event. He expresses his distaste that Fox is giving Democrats airtime, and emphasizes that Fox should focus on Republicans, who he credits for maintaining the network's success.
"Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people.........who got them there."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) applauds billionaire and philanthropist Robert F. Smith for his decision to pay off Student Debt for graduates of Morehouse College's class of 2019. But she emphasizes that liberation from college debt should not depend upon a stranger's generosity, but that the United States needs to work on decreasing the high cost of attending college.
"It’s important to note that people shouldn’t be in a situation where they depend on a stranger’s enormous act of charity for this kind of liberation to begin with (aka college should be affordable), but it is an incredible act of community investment in this system as it is."
Senator Lindsey Graham (R- SC) expresses his frustration that the Trump administration still has not briefed him regarding the situation in Iraq and Iran, despite Graham serving as the chairman of the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, which oversees funding for State Department and therefore the embassies.
"It's a major deal to move people out of a consulate in Iraq. They were there during the war. I'm not doubting it's a real threat. I'm just frustrated they can't pick up a phone and tell us -- particularly me and Sen. Leahy, because we are in charge of embassy and consulate security. This is a mistake."
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) expresses his concern regarding the situation with Iran, and how the Trump administration is acting. Senator Kaine serves on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees and has had “some conversations” at the classified level regarding the U.S.’s position toward Iran, but still has questions.
"I still think there's a real issue about the US attempting to provoke stuff. I think the Trump administration would like Americans to believe that it's Iran acting, or potentially acting, unilaterally against us, but I think the US is trying to provoke them."
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks out against the Alabama abortion legislation passed that outlaws women from getting an abortion in all cases except if a mother's life is at risk. Buttigieg expresses his view that reproductive health is a fundamental right.
"I don't think that you are free in this country if your reproductive health can be criminalized.”
Susan Collins (R-ME) criticizes the Alabama abortion law that bans abortion in all cases except if a mother’s life is at risk. Collins expresses that she does not think that any justice, including Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, would uphold the Alabama law.
"The Alabama law is a terrible law -- it's very extreme -- it essentially bans all abortions. I can't imagine that any justice could find that to be consistent with the previous precedents."
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) calls on the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to investigate the death of an 8-year-old child while in CBP custody.
"Felipe Alonzo-Gomez was just 8 years old when he died on Christmas Eve while in CBP custody. CBP must provide answers about how this happened, and create stronger protections for people in its custody. The loss of even one child is too great – these tragedies cannot continue."
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Phil Bredesen (D-TN) are in a narrow race for the Tennessee Senate seat. At the moment, Blackburn is polling slightly above Bredesen, but Bredesen is polling higher amongst likely voters. This race has gained a lot of public attention and is an important seat for Republicans to keep if they want to stay in the majority. Economy
"250,000 new jobs in October. Lowest unemployment since 1969. Wage growth up 3.1%. Tennesseans know that cutting taxes & reducing burdensome regulations is a formula for success."
I’m deeply disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision to weaken this key protection for teachers, firefighters, nurses, and other public sector employees. We must now renew our commitment to fight against far-right, corporate-funded, special interests which backed this case—and continue to defend working families in Minnesota and across the country.
Sen. Ted Cruz faces a credible challenge against Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in Texas and is campaigning to highlight differences on controversial topics such as NFL players standing for the national anthem.
"Why do #IStand? #IStand for the veterans like Tim Lee who lost both his legs fighting in South Vietnam."
President Trump, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-08) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) met in the oval office for a heated discussion over funding for the border wall. The President made it clear that he is comfortable with a government shutdown if Congress does not guarantee to fully fund the wall. The Wall, Shutdown, National Security
"If we don't get what we want, one way or the other, I will shut down the government... I am proud to shut down the government for border security."
"The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected President. I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook."
"55 years ago, it was a march on Washington. Today, a rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol as we continue the fight for civil rights, equal rights, and justice for everyone."
Speaking at a White House event Wednesday, President Trump said he has been briefed about the several suspicious packages sent to top Democrats.
"Acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America...we have to unify."
California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged in a letter that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago at a party in high school.
"Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee."
Today, senators delivered speeches on the Senate floor to indicate if they would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Senator Collins (R-ME) was considered one of the few swing votes and applauded by many of her Republican colleagues.
"Senator Collins speech [is] one of the most important of our time. Reminds me that none of the other virtues mean much without courage. And she showed great courage."