Dec 3, 2018

Bernie Sanders eyes bigger 2020 campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders shaking hands at a campaign event. Photo: Stephanie Keith via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has not made a final decision on whether he'll run for president in 2020, but the democratic socialist's massive national profile and existing fundraising network could set the stage for a much bigger campaign than in 2016, the AP's Steve Peoples reports from a gathering of Sanders' advisers this weekend.

The big picture: Once an "insurgent underdog," Sanders would begin the 2020 Democratic campaign as a frontrunner, his campaign manager tells the AP, even in a packed field of potential candidates like Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker that share his progressive policy dreams. Sanders' wife Jane O’Meara Sanders says that the his path to victory would come via a "very strong progressive commitment" to issues like climate change, affordable housing and student debt.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wanted to keep his momentum after winning contests in New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hoped to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates were just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination were in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They spoke, sometimes over each other, about health care, Russian interference in the election, foreign policy the economy, gun control, marijuana, education, and race.

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Coronavirus spreads to Africa as U.S. soldier in South Korea tests positive

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

A 23-year-old American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive to the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak spreads to more countries.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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Bloomberg denies telling a pregnant employee to "kill it"

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Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the debate stage Tuesday denied telling a former employee to terminate her pregnancy.

Catch up quick: Per the Washington Post, a former saleswoman has alleged workplace discrimination against Bloomberg and his company and says Bloomberg told her to "kill it" when he learned she was pregnant. Bloomberg denied the allegation under oath and entered a confidential settlement with the woman.