Dec 26, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard betting on billboard advertising in early primary states

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Tulsi Gabbard spent $678,790 on billboards for her 2020 presidential campaign during the first three quarters of 2019, making her one of the only candidates to do so, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Gabbard's investment in billboards is unique as most of her competitors are focusing their funds on television advertising in early voting states.

  • She has also invested heavily in yard signs in Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • Only Tom Steyer has listed billboards as a campaign expenditure among the other 2020 contenders, according to NBC's review of FEC filing.

Worth noting: Her campaign has still spent a decent chunk on social media ads over the same time frame — $582,000 on Facebook and $167,000 on Twitter before its ban of political ads.

  • Gabbard is polling in the single digits in early states and just over 1% nationally.
  • She has yet to qualify for the January debate, and did not qualify for the December debate.

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President Trump speaks at the White House. Photo: Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump unloaded on his former defense secretary via Twitter on Wednesday, hours after James Mattis condemned him for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in his response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

What he's saying: "Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was 'Chaos', which I didn’t like, & changed it to 'Mad Dog'"

Obama praises young protesters, urges mayors to pursue police reforms

Former President Barack Obama called on all mayors to review their use-of-force policies and commit to policing reform in a virtual town hall Wednesday hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brothers Keepers Alliance.

Why it matters: Obama has addressed the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed on social media and in a Medium post, but this was his first time speaking about the past week's events on camera. His voice will add weight to the growing pressure on local, state and federal officials to pursue policing reforms.

James Mattis condemns Trump as a threat to the Constitution

Mattis on Fox in Septemnber 2019 in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned President Trump for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in a statement to The Atlantic on Wednesday, saying he was "appalled" at the president's response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

Why it matters: Trump’s former defense secretary had refrained from publicly criticizing his former boss since resigning in 2018.