Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg campaigns in North Charleston – Live 5 News WCSC

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg campaigns in North Charleston - Live 5 News WCSC

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – One of the almost two dozen candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination spoke with voters at North Charleston High School Sunday night.

This is Pete Buttigiegs first visit to South Carolina since officially announcing his bid for president in early April.

Yet it was heavily African American Wayne County, home to Detroit, where Clinton saw her single largest and most consequential dropoff. She got 78,004 fewer votes in the county — the anchor of Democrats statewide coalition — than Obama received in 2012, meaning that her Wayne County deficit from Obama was more than seven times the statewide gap separating her from Trump and Michigans 16 electoral votes.

The millennial candidate said that he has an advantage over the other blue-ticket candidates because he feels he knows what young people want.

DETROIT (AP) — Capping a week in which her testy exchange with Attorney General William Barr went viral, Sen. Kamala Harris on Sunday told a crowd of thousands gathered at a dinner hosted by the countrys oldest NAACP chapter that Barr lied to Congress and is clearly more interested in representing the president than the American people.

People are looking for a message that speaks to this country, a generational change, Buttigieg says.

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If the South Bend, Indiana candidate snags the nomination, he would not only be the youngest president, but the first one thats openly gay.

Some supporters say they support him for his strong political message, but it doesnt hurt that he is part of the LGBT community.

Michigan gave President Donald Trump his closest winning margin of any state, with the Republican finishing 10,704 votes ahead of Hillary Clinton. Much of the narrative focused on Clinton losing ground from Barack Obamas 2012 marks in many small-town and rural counties dominated by middle-class whites.

That just happens to be who he is, it doesnt define him or his platform, said Tony Castelli, a supporter.

Called the largest sit-down dinner in the country, boasting 10,000 attendees, this years dinner comes amid an already busy primary season, as Democrats are eyeing the battleground state of Michigan. Fellow 2020 Democratic contender Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey was last years keynote.

Home state politics complicate message for some 2020 Dems

Buttigieg says although he could potentially break barriers, hes running on policy, not personality.

As of Sunday, 4.8 million people had watched the C-SPAN video circulating on Twitter of Harris questioning Barr, catapulting her into the spotlight amid the crowded field of more than 20 Democrats and hammering a campaign theme that she is the candidate to prosecute the case against Trump.

We need someone to beat the current president and show what America is missing out on while we live through the chaos currently, Buttigieg says. I think thats part of why we can cut through all the Democrats already running in this field.

Harris told the largely African-American audience that as president, she plans to double the Justice Departments civil rights division, hold accountable social media platforms disseminating misinformation and cyberwarfare and address economic inequality for families and teachers.

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South Carolina is traditionally a red state, but Buttigieg says he knows he has his work cut out for him.

I know what its like to be a progressive in a red state you dont have to be a Democrat to believe in these values, the candidate says.

The Republican National Committee responded to his visit to the Lowcountry saying Since Pete Buttigieg has no accomplishments as Mayor to run on, you can find him campaigning on an extreme agenda supported by the radical left instead. His embrace of abolishing the Electoral College, infanticide, a government-takeover of health care, and the job-killing Green New Deal proves he is out of touch with South Carolinians.

There are 20-plus Democrats competing for the partys 2020 presidential nomination, but only five are from reliably GOP areas. Members of this select group are trying to balance their home turf stories, pitching themselves as uniquely suited to win over voters who previously backed President Donald Trump while also pointing out what they view as the shortfalls of Republican government.

Buttigieg says this tour stop was just the first of many visits to Charleston planned for his time on the campaign trail.

FILE – In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a campaign stop at a dairy company in Londonderry, N.H. The relatively few Democratic presidential candidates from red states have taken different approaches to convincing voters that a familiarity with Donald Trump country could help them denying him a second term. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren champions being an Oklahoma native who can appeal to rural voters, but offers a liberal populist message most representative of the Democratic bastions of the state she represents, Massachusetts. And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders proclaims, I know where I come from and that is something I will never forget when speaking about his Brooklyn upbringing.

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Fresh from last week's viral moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris said the attorney general "lied to Congress" and "is clearly more interested in representing the president than the American people."

When youre coming from a state like that, youve got to pick your spots to try to figure out where you can have a little bit of influence, said Russell Ott, a Democratic state representative in South Carolina, which holds the Souths first presidential primary but has no Democratic statewide officeholders. I think thats something people appreciate.

The Democratic presidential candidate was the keynote speaker Sunday at the Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund dinner, attended by a mostly black audience of nearly 10,000.

Its a defense in a court of law in Texas if youve killed someone of the same sex because they came on to you in a bar or on the street, ORourke tells campaign audiences, noting that Texas and other states dont prohibit what LGBT activists call gay panic defense as a mitigating argument in criminal court.

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As of Sunday, 4.8 million people had watched the C-SPAN video circulating on Twitter of the California lawmaker questioning Barr, catapulting her into the spotlight amid the crowded field of more than 20 Democrats and hammering a campaign theme that she is the candidate to "prosecute the case against Trump."

Those 2020 Democrats from Republican strongholds may have an advantage over their competitors, however, because they wont have to answer for more liberal-policies common in Democratic areas. Such political baggage may not hurt during the primary but could in the general election against Trump.

The Detroit NAACP chapter is the civil rights organization's largest, and the city will host their national convention in July, where most 2020 Democrats are expected to appear.

She now says she was wrong but that learning from the issue has made her stronger, and she can now better relate to those voters that Democrats need to win back from Trump. Gillibrand notes she was introduced during a recent visit to Iowa as being from the Iowa part of New York.

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says it's imperative to reform the nation's criminal justice system in ways that are more equitable for all races.

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The South Bend, Indiana, Mayor told a crowd packed into a high school auditorium in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday that his plan includes eliminating mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses and also legalizing marijuana.

“Our on the ground organization is so important,” he said. “So much in relationships has to do with the trust that is built over time. While I cant personally engage with every voter or every organizer in these communities, I can make sure to build a team who will have those engagements and then create as many in-person interactions as possible for me, too.”

Buttigieg also said he wants to improve relations between law enforcement and minority communities. Buttigieg is spending two days campaigning in South Carolina, where black voters make up the majority of the Democratic primary electorate.

He has said he's making a conscious effort in his campaign to focus on issues important to black voters, meeting this past week with the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader, at the Harlem soul food restaurant Sylvia's.

“It doesnt matter to me if the nominee is a person of color or a woman of color, even though that would be pretty amazing,” Loadholt said, admitting he had been impressed most by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California. “But I just really want to hear what he has to say.”

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is repeating his calls to impeach President Donald Trump and drawing a distinction between himself and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who's declining any rush to proceedings.

Supporters wave flags as Pete Buttigieg announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination during a rally in South Bend, Ind., Sunday, April 14, 2019. Buttigieg, 37, is serving his second term as the mayor of South Bend. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The former Texas congressman spoke with reporters on Sunday after a town hall at a former livestock auction space in rural Shenandoah, Iowa.

Supporters wave flags as Pete Buttigieg announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination during a rally in South Bend, Ind., Sunday, April 14, 2019. Buttigieg, 37, is serving his second term as the mayor of South Bend. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

O'Rourke said special counsel Robert Mueller's report makes impeachment more necessary than ever. He said "proceedings in the House ensure that more of these facts come to light, ensure that the Senate can make a very informed decision about this president."

“Frankly, the government doesnt help deal with the unfreedom that comes from walking in fear if you are a person of color because there is a veil of mistrust between you and police officers sworn to keep you safe,” Buttigieg said, prompting cheers.

Asked about Pelosi cautioning against doing so O'Rourke answered, "That's fine. We're two different people."

“My experience at home is that you cant tackle these issues unless youre willing to face them head on and in an honest way,” Buttigieg said by phone to the Post and Courier as he drove to a fundraiser scheduled in Charleston later in the evening.

O'Rourke said he really respects "the speaker and what she's been able to do, but when asked my opinion I've got to give my opinion not anyone else's."

Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is announcing a sweeping agriculture reform and rural investment plan that would change farm subsidies and break up major agriculture monopolies.

The plan includes a number of antitrust proposals, including breaking up existing agriculture monopolies and placing a moratorium on future mergers between big agriculture companies.

Im about to ask you to make a contribution, and I hope that it is clear why. But first, I want to be up front with you that our average contribution — which used to be $27 — has been almost half that in the last couple weeks. Its OK for now, but we would really like to see if you can dig a little deeper if youre able to, he wrote.

It also proposes major changes to the current farm subsidy system toward what the plan calls a "parity system." That plan seeks to ensure farmers are "guaranteed the cost of production and family living expenses," though the plan doesn't include details on how.

If all we do in this moment is try to turn back the clock to a pre-Donald Trump time in Washington, D.C., we will have failed. That is simply not good enough. And we will make clear both during this campaign, and after we win during the fight to implement our agenda, that it is time for a new way of thinking, he added.

The latest Democrat pursuing the presidential nomination is trying to distinguish himself as someone "who's going to level with the American people about why our system doesn't seem to work for them."

Were not going to be afraid to call out parts of the establishment that think what were doing is too radical. We know that Donald Trump is not just an aberration — he is a logical conclusion of a corrupt political system that has left so many people so far behind, said Shakir.

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that his time in Washington has helped him know how to get things done and what needs fixing.

In the campaign so far, just like in 2016, the Sanders campaign has been an online fundraising juggernaut. He raised $18 million in the first quarter of 2016, topping every other Democrat in the race at that time. Biden joined the race April 25.

He says it's "a disgrace that we lost" to Donald Trump in 2016, adding Democrats must find an approach to deny him a second term.

Bennet says it seems "fairly clear" from special counsel Robert Mueller's report that Trump "committed impeachable offenses," but for now the senator favors continued congressional investigations.

In a long email promising to undo President Trumps actions if elected, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir revealed that the average donation to the Vermont senators operation has been cut in half.

He thinks Attorney General William Barr should resign, saying Barr "has behaved like Trump's criminal defense lawyer" rather than attorney general.

In his memo, Shakir rejected that and said only Sanders could both beat Trump and reverse his actions in office.

Democrat Joe Biden is wrapping up his first presidential campaign trip to South Carolina by worshipping at a prominent African American church in West Columbia.

Sitting on a front-center pew, the former vice president and his wife, Jill, received a standing ovation when the Rev. Charles B. Jackson of Brookland Baptist Church introduced them as "Dr. Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden."

Jackson praised his congregation as already approaching 100 percent voter registration and participation. He encouraged parishioners to "take somebody else to the polls with you."

South Carolina hosts the South's first presidential primary and is the first state in the Democratic nominating process where black voters wield considerable influence.

Democrat Joe Biden's visit to a South Carolina church Sunday is part of his 2020 presidential campaign's outreach to black voters, who play a pivotal role in the early-voting state's primary.

The former vice president is wrapping up a two-day stop in South Carolina by attending services in West Columbia.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) of South Bend, Indiana, is holding a town hall in North Charleston, where African Americans account for nearly half the population.

Iowa is the focus for Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman, and Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator. And Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris, the California senator, plans to attend an NAACP dinner in Detroit.

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