Mar 15, 2019

How 2020 Democrats reacted to Beto

Beto O'Rourke in Iowa on the 2020 campaign trail. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beto O'Rourke's got something that is capturing everyone's attention — including his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, some of whom went out of their way to address him.

Driving the news: Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker all sent fundraising emails to their supporters specifically citing Beto's presidential bid. (The subject line of Harris' email was simply: Beto O'Rourke.) They haven't done this for other presidential candidates, except Harris' team which sent a similar note when Bernie Sanders announced.

Why it matters: It's too early to tell who's going to be the nominee, but Beto's early buzz is clearly something his Democratic opponents aren't taking lightly and can't afford to ignore.

  • Fundraising is particularly important for 2020 candidates because they can't qualify for the DNC debates unless they have donations from at least 65,000 people. As Booker wrote in his email: "The reality is every new person in the race makes the potential debate stage more crowded."
  • O'Rourke raised a record $80 million for his 2018 Senate campaign in Texas, and $20 million of that came from out of the state.

Other candidates welcomed Beto to the race with a simple tweet, like John Delaney.

  • Julián Castro's team emailed supporters on the morning of O'Rourke's announcement with the news that he'd received over 30 endorsements from appointed and elected officials in Texas.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar was asked about O'Rourke's campaign during a CNN interview, to which she said: "I think competition is good for our party."
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand seemed unfazed by O'Rourke's announcement — she met with Stacey Abrams yesterday.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Beto O'Rourke.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 721,584 — Total deaths: 33,958 — Total recoveries: 149,122.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 142,106 — Total deaths: 2,479 — Total recoveries: 2,686.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump says his administration will extend its "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines until April 30.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "panicked" some people into fleeing New York
  6. World updates: Italy on Sunday reports 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reports almost 840 dead, another new daily record that bring its total to over 6,500.
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World coronavirus updates: Cases surge past 720,000

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 and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

There are now more than 720,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins. The virus has now killed more than 33,000 people — with Italy alone reporting over 10,000 deaths.

The big picture: Governments around the world have stepped up public health and economic measures to stop the spread of the virus and soften the financial impact. In the U.S., now the site of the largest outbreak in the world, President Trump said Sunday that his administration will extend its "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines until April 30.

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Trump says peak coronavirus deaths in 2 weeks, extends shutdown

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President Trump is extending his administration's "15 days to slow the spread" shutdown guidelines for an additional month in the face of mounting coronavirus infections and deaths and pressure from public health officials and governors.

Driving the news: With the original 15-day period that was announced March 16 about to end, officials around the country had been bracing for a premature call to return to normalcy from a president who's been venting lately that the prescription for containing the virus could be worse than the impacts of the virus itself.

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