2020 presidential election

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe rules out 2020 presidential bid

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has been mulling a presidential run for months, told CNN's Chris Cuomo in an interview late Wednesday that he will not be seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020.

Why it matters: McAuliffe said he's laser-focused to help Virginia Democrats flip the narrowly divided GOP-controlled General Assembly, where Republicans hold a 2-seat margin in both chambers, in this year's legislative contests. Virginia Democrats are trying to recover from a political turmoil after 2 of their top state leaders admitted earlier this year to wearing blackface in the past and another accused of sexual assault.

Harris regrets "unintended consequence" of truancy law she championed

2020 Democratic candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
2020 Democratic candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris expressed regret that some California district attorneys “criminalized" the parents of children who had too many consecutive, unexcused school absences, under a controversial 2011 law she helped move forward as the state's top prosecutor.

"My regret is that I have now heard stories where in some jurisdictions, DAs have now criminalized the parents. And I regret that that has happened and the thought that anything that I did could have led to that because that certainly was not the intention, never was the intention."
— Harris told "Pod Save America" in an interview aired Wednesday