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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.
LEADING THE DAY:
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE on Wednesday, becoming the last of his top rivals for the Democratic nomination to throw her support behind his presidential bid.
“We’re all in this together now,” Warren said in a video message posted online. “And now, it’s up to all of us to help make Joe Biden the next president of the United States. Let’s get to work.”
The endorsement capped off a three-day show of unity for Democrats that also saw two of the party’s most prominent figures, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE, throw their support behind Biden.
Since ending her presidential campaign last month after lackluster finishes on Super Tuesday, including in her home state of Massachusetts, Warren has largely stayed out of the political fray. Even as the primary field winnowed to Biden and Sanders, her chief ideological ally, she declined to make an endorsement.
But behind the scenes, Biden’s aides entered into discussions with Warren’s team. And publicly, the former vice president began making overtures, including endorsing the Massachusetts senator’s bankruptcy proposal.
While Biden has begun outreach efforts to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, he faces skepticism from many progressives who are wary of his long legislative history and moderate brand. Warren acknowledged in an email to supporters on Wednesday that she and Biden have their differences.
“Among all the other candidates I competed with in the Democratic primary, there’s no one who I’ve agreed with 100% of the time over the years,” she said.
But she cast her endorsement as a necessary step towards uniting the party at a time when Biden is gearing up to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in November, saying there was “too much at stake” to hold out any longer.
— Max Greenwood
Max Greenwood: Warren endorses Biden for president
Max Greenwood: Progressive leaders skeptical of Biden despite Sanders endorsement
FROM THE TRAIL:
Biden hasn’t given any indication that he’s nearing a decision on a running mate. But Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Georgia governor, is trying to make her case for the job, The Hill’s Tal Axelrod reports.
“I have the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities,” Abrams, who has previously expressed interest in the running mate spot, told Elle in an interview. “I have a strong history of executive and management experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. I’ve spent 25 years in independent study of foreign policy. I am ready to help advance an agenda of restoring America’s place in the world. If I am selected, I am prepared and excited to serve.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.) says that she’s not ready to endorse Biden’s presidential bid yet, The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports. Ocasio-Cortez was one of Sanders’s most prominent surrogates during his White House run. But even though the Vermont senator endorsed Biden this week, Ocasio-Cortez said that she’s waiting for the former vice president to “clarify and deepen his policy stances on certain issues.” She also noted that her team has been in touch with Biden’s campaign recently.
Albert Hunt: Trump lays bare the GOP’s mail-in voting hypocrisy.
Liz Peek: Why Obama’s support may not help Biden in key swing states.
Joe Lockhart: The secret weapon in Obama’s endorsement of Biden.
Brent Budowsky: Obama, Sanders lead Democratic unity surge.
FROM CONGRESS & THE STATES:
The coronavirus pandemic is leading to major shifts in how Americans vote across the country and is forcing some of the most restrictive voting states to embrace change in their election procedures. The change is most apparent on the East Coast, where governors from New England to the South are signaling a new willingness to expand voting measures such as early voting and mail-in ballots, and on Capitol Hill where Democratic leaders are signaling support for such moves. More from The Hill’s Julia Manchester and Maggie Miller.
We’re set to get our first real look on Wednesday into how the 2020 money race is unfolding down ballot. Congressional campaigns are required to file their first-quarter financial reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by midnight, but some have already begun releasing their fundraising numbers. Here are some Q1 highlights ahead of the midnight deadline:
-NORTH CAROLINA SENATE: Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators The Hill’s Campaign Report: It’s primary night in Georgia Tillis unveils new 0,000 ad in North Carolina Senate race MORE (R-N.C.) raised nearly $2.1 million
-TEXAS SENATE: Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate headed for late night vote amid standoff over lands bill Koch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Tim Scott to introduce GOP police reform bill next week MORE (R-Texas) raised $2.7 million
-GEORGIA SENATE: Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) raised $1.6 million
-GEORGIA SENATE: Jon Ossoff, one of the Democrats challenging Perdue, raised over $1 million
-ARIZONA SENATE: Mark Kelly, the Democrat challenging Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R-Ariz.), raised $11 million
-ARIZONA SENATE: McSally raised $6.3 million
-CA-25 SPECIAL: Mike Garcia, a Republican running in the May special House election in California’s 25th District, brought in just over $1 million
THE ECONOMIST/YOUGOV – NATIONAL
Biden: 48 percent (+/-0)
Trump: 43 percent (+1)
CIVITAS/HARPER – NORTH CAROLINA PRESIDENTIAL
Trump: 49 percent
Biden: 42 percent
CIVITAS/HARPER – NORTH CAROLINA SENATE
Tillis: 38 percent
Cunningham: 34 percent
OH PREDICTIVE INSIGHTS – ARIZONA SENATE
Kelly: 51 percent
McSally: 42 percent
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ONE HOPEFUL THING
QUARANTINE REMAKES: As all of us know, the quarantine life can get pretty boring sometimes — there’s only so much Netflix and Hulu binging one can do.
But two families in the U.S. and the U.K. are making the best of their time together. The Heller family in Maple Valley, Wash., performed a near-perfect remake of Journey’s iconic “Separate Ways” music video. The remake, which was shot completely on an iPhone, now has more than 136,000 views and was featured on NBC’s “Today” show and in USA Today.
You can watch the viral remake side-by-side with the iconic original video here.
Meanwhile, across the pond in Kent, England, the Marsh family put on a performance of Les Miserables’ “One Day More.” The group of six even changed a number of the lyrics to fit present times, referencing online shopping, a pause in sports and online school.
You can watch the rendition, which got more than 6.5 million views, here.
For more good news, be sure to check out The Hill’s Selfless Acts page, where our reporters are detailing how Americans are helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.
We’ll be back tomorrow with more campaign news of the day!