The gay husband of a Democratic presidential candidate, a born-again Christian pastor and a GOP-voting Army veteran: it doesn't take much to spot the odd brother out. Few were surprised, therefore, when Pete Buttigieg's spouse Chasten Glezman claimed he was disowned by his conservative older brothers and forced to flee his home after coming out at 18. But while the poignant backstory resonated with liberal voters and helped the South Bend, Indiana, mayor stand out among the crowded democratic 2020 field, it's now being denounced as a lie by Chasten's siblings. 'He was never shunned. He was never homeless. He had a home,' Dustin Glezman, 32, told DailyMailTV. 'When I read all this stuff, it's like I'm reading about someone else's family. I don’t recognize any of it.’ Dustin supplied DailyMailTV with an exclusive photo of himself, Chasten and eldest brother Rhyan, taken in 2010, about two years after Chasten supposedly alienated his family by revealing he was gay. … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: ‘He was never shunned. He was never homeless.’ Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law says 2020 candidate’s husband is loved by his family and calls claims of a rift a ‘sob story’
Joe Biden down played his age at Tuesday's Democratic debate as he baffled viewers with a series of gaffes as he tried to explain his tax policy, attack Donald Trump's foreign policy, and caught himself before he claimed he ended Roe vs. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion in America. Biden, who's struggled to overcome a damaging narrative about his age after a series of mistakes on the campaign trail, left the audience with several head scratching moments in the second Democratic debate. The former vice president, during an attack on his rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, stopped himself just in time from making a claim about ending abortion in America. 'Senator Warren said we can't be running any vague campaigns. We've got to level with people. We've got to level with people and tell them exactly what we're going to do, how we're going to get it done, and if you can get it done. I'm going to say something that is probably going to offend … [Read more...] about Joe Biden gaffes his way through Democratic debate, promising to abolish AND double the same tax, and almost making the ultimate mistake by boasting he ‘put us in a position to end roe v’ before stopping abruptly
The number of Democrats lining up to try to take on President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election is growing by the week. So who's running and what are their strengths and weaknesses?This field of candidates promises to be the most diverse yet. It already has the most women running in US history.The BBC's Anthony Zurcher casts his eye over all 23 of them.Joe BidenWho? Former vice-president and veteran senatorKey issues: Rebuilding the middle class; investing in federal infrastructure; tuition-free public universitiesOne policy: Similar to the Green New Deal, Biden's Clean Energy Revolution would make the US economy 100% clean energy based with net-zero emissions by 2050, as well as target polluters with fees and quotasAnthony's take: Joe Biden enters the Democratic presidential contest as a front-runner, if not the front-runner. He has near universal name recognition, high approval ratings within the party and among political independents, a close connection to the halcyon days (at … [Read more...] about Democrats 2020: What their key issues are
Tulsi Gabbard defended herself Tuesday during the 2020 Democratic debate against claims she is a 'Russian asset.' The Hawaii Congresswoman and Iraq combat veteran was a forceful presence when the conversation on stage turned to foreign policy, specifically the situation in northern Syria following Donald Trump's withdrawal of U.S. forces there. 'First of all, we've got to understand the reality of the situation there, which is that the slaughter of the Kurds being done by Turkey is yet another negative consequence of the regime change war we've been waging in Syria,' Gabbard said. 'Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hand, but so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing regime change war in Syria that started in 2011,' she continued, before blasting members of the 'mainstream media' who she said have been 'cheerleading this regime change war.' Gabbard traveled to Syria in January 2017 and met its dictator Bashar al-Assad. No … [Read more...] about I’m not a Russian asset! Tulsi Gabbard makes bizarre boast during 2020 debate as she accuses U.S. of trying to fight ‘regime change wars’ in the Middle East
For Americans who would resist President Trump’s re-election in 2020, the outcome hinges on the answer to this basic strategic question: will the Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are too far to the left to appeal to the moderate majority of Americans? Or will Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are insufficiently progressive to excite the Democratic base? This basic question of moderation v progressivism was at the heart of the first of two Democratic debates in Detroit and doubtless will continue to be central throughout the rest of the primary process. By taking one side or another, Democratic voters will be making a choice not only for the candidate and the policies he or she will stand for, but also for how the campaign will be conducted and the underlying rationale for how political change can be accomplished. The moderate/progressive split was on clear display in Tuesday’s debate. Senators Bernie … [Read more...] about Do Democrats win by moving left? Or is moderation the key to victory?