Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Roy Blunt look on as President Trump speaks to media before attending the Senate Republican weekly policy lunch. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A Senate aide tells Axios that President Trump said he wants to run on the Green New Deal in 2020.

What he's saying: While speaking at Tuesday's Senate Republican lunch, Trump said, "You guys have done a great job on the Green New Deal. But don't kill it too badly, because I want to run on this" in 2020.

Driving the news: No Senate Democrat voted for a Green New Deal resolution when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought it up for a vote — even though all the 2020 candidates are co-sponsors.

  • Most Dems voted "present" (neither for nor against), because they thought McConnell was trying to trap them — to put them on the record so they can be held accountable in campaigns. Four senators in the Democratic caucus voted no.

Be smart: They're right.

  • "It couldn’t have gone better for us," said a Senate Republican leadership aide. "Everyone’s happy this got a vote and that it was unanimously rejected by the Senate."
  • So that's the Republicans' message: The Senate unanimously rejected the Green New Deal, one of Democrats' defining policies of 2020.

Go deeper: Where each 2020 presidential candidate stands on the GND

Editor's note: This piece was corrected to show all 2020 Dem candidates are co-sponsors (not all Democrats) and to add there were 4 in the Dem caucus who voted no.

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The Pac-12, which includes universities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington state, will play football starting Nov. 6, reversing its earlier decision to postpone the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The conference's about-face follows a similar move by the Big Ten last week and comes as President Trump has publicly pressured sports to resume despite the ongoing pandemic. The Pac-12 will play a seven-game conference football season, according to ESPN.

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Global coronavirus vaccine initiative launches without U.S. or China

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A global initiative to ensure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines now includes most of the world — but not the U.S., China or Russia.

Why it matters: Assuming one or more vaccines ultimately gain approval, there will be a period of months or even years in which supply lags far behind global demand. The COVAX initiative is an attempt to ensure doses go where they're most needed, rather than simply to countries that can produce or buy them at scale.

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