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Struggling in polls, Kirsten Gillibrand hopes Fox News town hall can help her ‘be among the last standing’

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Struggling in polls, Kirsten Gillibrand hopes Fox News town hall can help her 'be among the last standing'

As Kirsten Gillibrand fights to make the debate stage in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, the senator from New York says Sunday’s Fox News town hall will help.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for me. I want to talk to voters where they are. I want to be able to go into every living room and make sure voters know who I am, why I feel the call to run, and why I believe I’m the best candidate to run this country and to bring this country back together again,” she said in a Fox News interview.

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Gillibrand will take questions from the audience during a town hall that’s being moderated by Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace in Dubuque Iowa on Sunday at 7pm ET.

Gillibrand is the latest 2020 Democratic White House hopeful to take part in a Fox News town hall, following Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota as well as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Former San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro – who later served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama – is on deck, with a June 13 Fox News town hall.

For Gillibrand, the national exposure from the prime-time event Iowa comes at a crucial time – as she fights to breakout from the pack in a Democratic presidential field that now boasts an historic two-dozen candidates.

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Gillibrand, a former congresswoman who has represented New York State in the Senate for a decade, grabbed the national spotlight in recent years for being one of the leading voices on Capitol Hill on sexual assault. For her high profile and outspoken efforts, she was dubbed the #MeToo senator.

Since launching her presidential campaign in January, Gillibrand’s built a respectable campaign organization in the crucial early voting states and appears more than comfortable with the ‘retail’ style politics in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Goffstown, New Hampshire on May 10, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Goffstown, New Hampshire on May 10, 2019

But since jumping into the race, Gillibrand’s been hovering right around one percent – or less – in most national and early voting state polls. She’s watched one-time extreme long-shots like Buttigieg and entrepreneur Andrew Yang move ahead of her in the polls.

And the lawmaker who was considered a fearsome fundraiser for her Senate elections has seriously struggled to raise campaign cash for her presidential bid.

While Gillibrand’s met one of the two criteria to guarantee her a spot on the stage at the late June and late July primary debates – one percent in three recognized polls – she’s yet to hit the second threshold – campaign contributions from 65,000 individual donors.

“They are tough rules to follow, so you’ve got to earn them,” she lamented. “So I’m going to work really hard to earn my way onto that debate stage and earn my way by getting enough supporters around the country.”

That’s where she says televised town halls – like Sunday’s event with Fox News – come in handy.

“I’m certainly going to abide by the rules and make sure I not only qualify but I get to every debate stage and I think by doing town halls across the county it’s going to help me get there,” she emphasized.

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But it only gets tougher as the candidates move deeper into the campaign season. The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday that they’re raising the thresholds for the contenders to make the stage at the third and fourth rounds of debates – in September and October.

The senator remains upbeat, saying she’s optimistic she’ll “certainly be among the last standing” in the Democratic nomination race.

Gillibrand then made a plug for voters to check out and contribute at her campaign website.

And she stressed that “I’m going to be asking people to participate in every way that they can.”

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Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has wielded her power to quash a faction of Democrats rallying for President Trump’s impeachment, but frustrated members within the party say the president is one misstep away from “that dam collapsing,” according to a Sunday report.

Since reassuming leadership over the house, Pelosi has thwarted her party’s liberal wing from going forward with impeachment proceedings, encouraging them to instead focus on other issues like health care.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump's statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump’s statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power. 
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“I don’t think there’s anything more divisive we can do than to impeach a president of the United States, and so you have to handle it with great care,” Pelosi told CNN on Sunday. “It has to be about the truth and the facts to take you to whatever decision has to be there.”

Some lawmakers say their deference to Pelosi is out of respect for the speaker’s political expertise, and agree that impeachment would do more harm than good.

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“She is the single smartest strategist that we’ve ever had…People are not wanting to second guess her because she’s been right on so many fronts,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told the Washington Post.

But other Democratic lawmakers, like Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., admit they toe the party line out of fear.

“One, you want to be a team player and support the leader’s position, but secondly you’re worried about your own self and…what can happen if you don’t follow along,” Schrader told the paper.

Some argue that President Trump’s defiance of congressional investigators will eventually break the divide between moderate Democrats and its liberal wing.

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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., described Pelosi’s hold over Democrats as “fragile” because “we’re kind of one event, one piece of explosive testimony, one action by Trump away from that dam collapsing.”

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The Democrats’ pro-impeachment camp howled this week after Trump said in an interview with ABC that he’d be willing to listen if a foreign government had dirt on an opponent. Yet despite the familiar refrain of impeachment, Pelosi didn’t budge an inch on impeachment after Trump’s comments.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Trump asks Mulvaney to leave Oval Office for coughing during ABC interview

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President Trump was apparently so perturbed by his chief of staff coughing during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office last week, that he asked his staffer to leave the room, according to a transcript from the station.

Trump had been asked a question about his tax returns when someone off camera – identified as Mulvaney – reportedly begins coughing.

“I hope they get it, because it’s a fantastic financial statement,” Trump said Stephanopoulos amid apparent coughing before saying: “And let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer.”

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“I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that,” Trump reportedly said of Mulvaney’s coughing. “If you’re going to couch, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy oh boy.”

“Your chief of staff,” Stephanopoulos reportedly clarified.

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The interview, which was broadcast Sunday, proceeded with Trump saying although he wanted people to see his “phenomenal” financial statement, it’s “not up to me, it’s up to my lawyers.”

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Buttigieg says he won’t be first gay president, ‘almost certain’ we’ve had others

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg doesn’t believe he’ll be the first gay president if elected in 2020.

“I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones,” he told “Axios on HBO.”

“I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain.”

FILE: Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a grassroots event on Friday, June 14, 2019, in Alexandria, Va.

FILE: Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a grassroots event on Friday, June 14, 2019, in Alexandria, Va.
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Asked if he possibly knew which commander-in-chief was playing for the other team, the Democratic hopeful said: “My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But one can only assume that’s the case.”

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Buttigieg — who is mayor of South Bend, Ind. — has been rising in the polls as of late. He would be the first openly gay presidential candidate, if nominated next next year.

The 37-year-old has been asked in the past about the possibility of there ever being a gay president, with BuzzFeed posing the question back in March.

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“My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn’t work over long stretches of time,” he repeated. “I think we’ll just have to let the historians figure that out.”

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