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November 14, 2019

It's official: At least one more candidate is making a last-minute entrance into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, though he acknowledges a tough road ahead.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he's running for president, jumping into a crowded Democratic field with less than three months to go until the Iowa caucuses.

Patrick in his announcement video said that "I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field," but "if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country." He adds, "This won't be easy, and it shouldn't be."

The former governor also told The Boston Globe that "I recognize running for president is a Hail Mary under any circumstances," but "this is a Hail Mary from two stadiums over." Patrick, who says he spoke with former President Obama ahead of his announcement, is set to file for the New Hampshire primary on Thursday.

The New York Times reports that Patrick has "received encouragement from some in the party who believe the race remains unsettled" and that he has told advisers he aims for a campaign similar to Obama's in 2008, "focusing more on bringing people together and healing the country than making a particular ideological case."

This might not be the last late entry into the Democratic race, with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg eying a run. Brendan Morrow

October 29, 2019

George Papadopoulos, a former Trump adviser whose comments about Hillary Clinton's emails sparked the FBI's Russia investigation, is running for Congress.

Papadopoulos filed the paperwork on Tuesday to run for the seat in California's 25th Congressional District, which is being vacated by Democratic Rep. Katie Hill. Hill announced on Sunday that she is resigning, after being accused of having an improper relationship with her legislative director; she denies the allegation.

In May 2016, Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had emails related to Clinton; after the Democratic National Committee hacking in July, Australia notified U.S. authorities, which led to the FBI Russia investigation. Papadopoulos eventually pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and served 12 days in prison.

There are three Republicans already in the race, with Assemblywoman Christy Smith the lone Democrat running. She tweeted on Tuesday: "If he pled guilty to lying to the FBI, how do we know he'll tell us the truth? We deserve someone from our community serving as our voice — not [Trump's] wannabe political hack!" Catherine Garcia

September 18, 2019

WeWork CEO Adam Neumann is a simple man. All he wants out of life is to become a trillionaire president of the world who also lives forever. Nothing major.

That's according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal stuffed with bizarre details about the WeWork founder, including that after having previously expressed interest in becoming Israel's prime minister, he reportedly said in a recent conversation that "if he ran for anything, it would be president of the world."

Neumann, who founded the workspace company in 2010, also evidently "hopes to live forever," having invested in a life-extension startup company to make that dream a reality, and he has told numerous people he's aiming to be the world's first trillionaire. He's got quite a long way to go, as Forbes estimates his net worth is currently $2.2 billion. WeWork in 2018 lost $1.6 billion.

Other odd anecdotes in the piece include that Neumann reportedly once left employees "stunned and confused" when he brought out trays of tequila shots and had Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels perform "It's Tricky" immediately after firing 7 percent of the staff, that he once had a private jet recalled by its owner after leaving a cereal box filled with marijuana on it, and that his wife has "ordered multiple employees fired after meeting them for just minutes, telling staff she didn't like their energy."

Neumann didn't comment for the article, but expect to hear plenty more from him as his campaign for world president is presumably launched any day now — or, if his life-extension efforts are successful, anytime within the next several hundred years. Read the full, strange look into Neumann's world at The Wall Street Journal. Brendan Morrow

May 2, 2019

The 2020 Democratic field just won't stop expanding.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Co.) on Thursday officially announced a 2020 presidential run on CBS This Morning, which makes him the 21st Democrat to do so, The New York Times reports.

Bennet, who has served in the Senate since 2009, announced in April that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, saying this delayed plans for a campaign launch that month. He soon underwent a successful surgery, and his spokesperson said doctors determined he required no further treatment, Politico reports.

The Colorado senator on CBS This Morning said his diagnosis was very "clarifying," making him realize he wanted to run for president and think about "what it would feel like to get a diagnosis like that and to not have insurance."

Bennet also tweeted that he's running because "we cannot be the first generation to leave less to our kids, not more." Brendan Morrow

March 1, 2019

The increasingly crowded 2020 Democratic field has just expanded once again.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) announced on Friday that he is officially running for president in 2020. He made clear in his announcement that his focus will be climate change; in fact, that's the only issue he talks about in a video released on Friday.

"I'm running for president because I'm the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation's number one priority," he said. He also said in the video that "we're the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we're the last that can do something about it."

Inslee has served as the governor of Washington since 2013 and was previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He teased a likely presidential campaign in January, saying at the time he saw an "opening in a Democratic primary" because there is "an appetite for someone who has credibility and a long track record" on climate change. The announcement video begins with old clips of Inslee talking about climate change as a congressman.

Watch Inslee's announcement below. Brendan Morrow

February 15, 2019

President Trump's first possible challenger in the Republican presidential primaries has emerged.

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced on Friday that he's forming an exploratory committee ahead of a possible run against Trump in 2020, reports the Boston Herald.

In his announcement, Weld said that the country is in "grave peril" and that Trump is "unstable." He also said that Republicans who support the president "exhibit all the symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome."

Weld was Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's running mate during the 2016 election, but he was a registered Republican prior to running with Johnson, and he changed his registration back from Libertarian to Republican this month ahead of this potential White House bid.

Several Republicans have floated possible primary challenges against Trump, including former Ohio Governor John Kasich, but Weld is the first one to actually reach the exploratory committee step. His 2020 campaign is certainly a long-shot effort, especially with polls showing that the vast majority of Republicans still back the president. But even so, the Boston Herald writes that Weld is "determined to make life difficult for Trump." Brendan Morrow

February 1, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is officially running for president in 2020.

In a video posted to a newly-launched campaign website Friday, Booker said, "I believe we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind," and one where "our criminal justice system keeps us safe instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins." He concludes by saying that "we will channel our common pain back into our common purpose."

Booker is the latest Democrat to jump into the 2020 race alongside Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), among others. But unlike Warren and Gillibrand, Booker did not start things off with an exploratory committee. "He's all in," a campaign source told Yahoo News.

Following his announcement, Booker has several radio interviews lined up and is expected to appear Friday on The View. He will subsequently head to Iowa and South Carolina for events next week, The New York Times reports.

Watch Booker's announcement below. Brendan Morrow

January 23, 2019

Another Democrat has entered the increasingly packed 2020 presidential race.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Wednesday morning that he is launching a 2020 exploratory committee, the first step in a presidential run. In a video released on Twitter, Buttigieg said "there's a new generation of voices emerging in our country" who are "walking away from the politics of the past." Buttigieg was considered a likely 2020 candidate, especially since he announced he would not seek another term as mayor.

Buttigieg turns 39 in January 2021. If elected, he would be the youngest president in American history. He would also be the first openly gay nominee for a major political party if he were to pull off a major upset and actually win the Democratic nomination, NBC News reports.

The announcement comes two days after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) threw her hat in the 2020 ring, joining 37-year-old Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. Other candidates widely expected to join the race, like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have not yet announced their decisions.

Watch Buttigieg's announcement below. Brendan Morrow

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