2020 Presidential Election

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the first presidential debate for the 2020 election. 

Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, made the announcement this morning after being elected to his fourth 5-year term by the school’s board of trustees.

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For the first time in the university's history, Notre Dame will host a presidential debate. It will be in Purcell Pavilion Sept. 29, 2020.

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Democrat Pete Buttigieg was back in South Bend, where he is mayor, to open his 2020 presidential campaign office.

Big crowds gathered for the event Thursday at 218 Sycamore Street behind Fire Arts in South Bend.

In greeting the crowd, Buttigieg said, "Think about how far we've come? Y'know it's just six months, not even, since we were in that big Studebaker building  inviting people from across the land - telling the whole country - about what this was. We were still trying to get people to say my name. I mean, we still are, but it's getting closer."

AP Interview: The Hopes And Fears Of Buttigieg's Mom

Sep 28, 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Several times a week, Anne Montgomery makes her way a few miles from her home to a fifth-floor office in downtown South Bend that teems with young adults working to elect her son president. She reads letters that bring back anxieties about being the mother of Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay man to run for president.

Is America Ready For Gay President? Iowa Casts First Votes

Sep 21, 2019
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president?

Buttigieg Calls Warren 'Extremely Evasive' On Health Taxes

Sep 19, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is accusing his 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren of being "extremely evasive" when it comes to explaining how she'd finance a universal health care plan.

Speaking on CNN on Thursday, Buttigieg issued his most pointed attack yet on the Massachusetts senator, saying she "was extremely evasive when asked that question, and we've seen that repeatedly."

Buttigieg Unveils Community-Focused Disaster Relief Plan

Sep 17, 2019
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GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is unveiling his community-focused approach to disaster relief in a South Carolina community hit hard by Hurricane Florence last year, pledging to reinforce the response to weather events he says are exacerbated by climate change.

No Millennial Bump For Buttigieg, But Hints Of Broad Appeal

Sep 15, 2019
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change. But there's one looming problem: He has yet to win over his own.

Democratic Presidential Debate Tonight In Houston

Sep 12, 2019

September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

In New Hampshire, 2020 Dems Urge Voters To Not Play It Safe

Sep 8, 2019
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Several Democratic presidential candidates urged voters in New Hampshire on Saturday to not play it safe in the 2020 election, leveling an implicit critique of front-runner Joe Biden.

Democratic Candidates Focus On Climate Change In Town Halls

Sep 5, 2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls that gave the candidates a chance to distinguish themselves on a topic of growing importance to their party's liberal base.

Buttigieg Racing To Build Person-To-Person Network In Iowa

Sep 2, 2019
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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the back of a West Des Moines brew pub, a dozen supporters of Pete Buttigieg sipped craft beer and wine, scribbling members of their social circles on campaign worksheets — clubs, yoga groups, jobs, school organizations.

Buttigieg Making Faith-Based Appeal To Voters In 2020 bid

Aug 25, 2019
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KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible.

In Iowa, The Candidates' Sprint To The Caucuses Begins

Aug 11, 2019
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Bernie Sanders, a Vermont senator, remain strong contenders. Iowa operatives say even as he's slipped in the polls, Sanders can't be written off — he's added a number of seasoned staffers to his team and maintains tens of thousands of volunteers and a strong grassroots network of activists that helped him pull off a surprise near-tie in the 2016 caucuses.