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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Monday that it's "vital" President Trump be impeached, but would not rule out voting for him in 2020.

What she's saying:

  • On impeachment: "I think it is vital that he be impeached. Whether removed this close to an election, I don't know. But I think the conduct is impeachable."
    • "Some of this conduct, like publicly berating a decorated war veteran [Alexander Vindman] who shows up in response to a lawfully issued subpoena of Congress, I think that conduct is not just unbecoming, I think it's destructive to our republic."
    • "I do think that the systematic tearing down of people, institutions, political opponents, will have long-lasting damage if it goes on for much longer."
  • On the Republican Party: "I think there is a reason why women, people of color, young people, don't feel affinity for the Republican Party. It's because the brand, the way business has been conducted, sends a message: we don't value you, and we don't respect you."
  • On Michael Bloomberg's candidacy: "I think Bloomberg actually knows something about running an organization. I don't think Donald Trump does. ... On the other hand, I think Bloomberg's vulnerability is people think he's trying to buy the office."
  • On whether she'd run for president: "I don't think that's something I have an interest in doing right now because the Republican Party right now seems to be all about pledging fealty to Donald Trump no matter what, and I am just not in that place."

Go deeper: Inside the McConnell-Trump impeachment trial playbook

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Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise" — Two years of COVID-19 — Prior coronavirus infections may not protect well against Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Data demonstrates most-vaccinated counties less vulnerable to worst of COVID — Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate.
  4. World: Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles downWHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

Vulnerable Democrats: Less Trump talk

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Vulnerable House Democrats are convinced they need to talk less about the man who helped them get elected: President Trump.

Why it matters: Democrats are privately concerned nationalizing the 2022 mid-terms with emotionally-charged issues — from Critical Race Theory to Donald Trump's role in the Jan. 6 insurrection — will hamstring their ability to sell the local benefits of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Bipartisan tributes flood in for "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Bob Dole at an event put on by the World Food Program where he was awarded the first “McGovern-Dole Leadership Award” in December 2013. Photo: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate colleagues, are sharing condolences and memories commemorating the life of Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record.