President Donald Trump admits that he would accept a foreign government’s assistance if they had information on an opposing candidate in an election -- and might not report it to the FBI.
“If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it [...] It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong."
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) shares that he would quickly reject using foreign opposition research against his political opponents, claiming it goes against the principles of the United States' democracy. Romney's statement comes after President Trump said he would accept information about his opponent from a foreign country, and would not report it to the FBI.
“Accepting the work product of a foreign government or the effort of a foreign government to try and influence an election of one candidate or another? It simply strikes at the heart of our democracy. It’s wrong. It’s antithetical to our democratic principles.”
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) criticizes President Trump for his comment that he would accept information about his opponent from a foreign country, and would not necessarily report it to the FBI. Senator Warner claims that Trump is failing to defend the constitution against foreign countries.
“Does he not know the oath of office requires him to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic?”
2020 hopeful, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) responds to Trump's comment that he would accept information about his opponent from a foreign country, and would not report it to the FBI.
"Even before he was president, he said Wikileaks, if you're out there, send me the stuff. Russia, if you're out there, send me the stuff. Now he's actually President of the United States and he's effectively inviting foreign interference in our election."
Senator Thom Thillis (R-NC) states that if a foreign government were to share information about a candidate and tried to influence the election, he would immediately report it to the FBI. Thillis' comment comes after President Trump said he would accept information about his opponent from a foreign country, and would not report it to the FBI.
“You have to report it to authorities. Generally speaking it’s a part of, in the case of like Russia, it’s an effort to disrupt our elections. My first call would be to the FBI, my second call would be somebody to corroborate the information.”
Senator and 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-VT) differentiates himself from Trump, saying that his belief in socialism will benefit the working class rather than the wealthy.
"[President Trump] believes in corporate socialism for the rich and powerful; I believe in a democratic socialism that works for the working families of this country.”
2020 hopeful John Hickenlooper encourages Democrats to reject identifying as socialist. If Democrats identify as socialist, Hickenlooper believes that President Trump will be re-elected.
"Democrats must say loudly and clearly that we are not Socialists. If we do not, we will end up re-electing the worst president in our country’s history.”
Senator and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) explains his opposition to adding a citizenship question to the census, citing it undercounts more than 4 million people of color.
"President [Donald Trump] and his administration's attack on the #2020Census would undercount more than 4 million people of color. Now they want to hide the truth about why. This can't be allowed to happen. Everyone must count."
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OG-4) asked his Democratic colleagues on the House Oversight Committee why they disagreed with a policy to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
"Why don't Democrats want to know how many citizens are in the country?"
Senator and 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-VT) explains what democratic socialism means to him. He emphasized that when he calls for democratic socialism, he is calling for a decent standard of living and the redistribution of wealth.
"What democratic socialism essentially means to me is completing the vision that Franklin Delano Roosevelt started some 85 years ago, and that is to go forward in the wealthiest country in the history of the world and guarantee a decent economic standard of living in life for all of our people. And to do that, obviously we have to combat oligarchy and the incredibly unfair and unequal distribution of wealth and income, and to take on the incredible political power that the 1 percent have.”
Representative and 2020 hopeful Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) comments on his stance on campaign finance.
I'm proud to stand for meaningful campaign finance reform that attacks the real root of Congress' dysfunction: special interest money.
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."
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-NY-12) urges Trump's family and staff to have an intervention with the president after President Trump canceled their meeting, and as Pelosi describes it, "stormed out." President Trump canceled the meeting where they were supposed to discuss infrastructure after Pelosi said the president was engaged in a cover-up.
“The president stormed out, pounded the table, walked out the door. Another temper tantrum, again, I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family, the administration, and his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country."
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."
Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) shares his perspective that although the Republican party's actions have been frustrating, compromise is key in order to fulfill their duties as a legislator. He emphasizes the need to prioritize the country over one's party.
“I get it. I am as frustrated as anybody else. But the fundamental design of our democratic order assumes compromise and assumes that folks will put country above party . . . and take seriously the role of legislator and not just partisan warrior.”
"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."