clearn.png
Sunday August 9th, 2020 12:39AM

The Latest: Sanders calls Israel's government 'racist'

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local):

9:50 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is standing by his criticism of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the U.S. goal in the Middle East must be to try to bring people together and "not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government."

Sanders said Monday at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire that he believes the United States should "deal with the Middle East on a level-playing-field basis."

The senator from Vermont says he is "not anti-Israel" but feels Netanyahu is "a right-wing politician" who is treating the Palestinian people "extremely unfairly."

Sanders then added that he is "100% pro-Israel" and that the country has "every right in the world to exist and to exist in peace and security and not be subjected to terrorists' attacks."

___

9:30 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he supports voting rights for felons, including the Boston Marathon bomber and people convicted of sexual assault.

At a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Monday, the senator from Vermont was asked about his position that felons should be able to vote while in prison. He was asked specifically about the Boston Marathon bomber, who killed three people and injured hundreds in 2013 with a pair of pressure-cooker bombers and was sentenced to death.

Sanders says, "I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people."

He says, "Because once you start chipping away, you say, well that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well that person did that, not going to let that person vote, you're running down a slippery slope."

___

8:40 p.m.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is doubling down on her call to impeach President Donald Trump in the wake of the release of the redacted Mueller report and is calling on every lawmaker in the House and Senate to vote on the president's fate.

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said Monday at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire: "If there are people in the House and the Senate who want to say that's what a president can do when the president is being investigated for his own wrongdoings or when a foreign government attacks our country, then they should have to take that vote and live with it."

Warren said earlier in the town hall that "if any other human being in this country had done what's documented in the Mueller report, they would be arrested and put in jail."

___

8:30 p.m.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the United States "should get rid of for-profit private prisons," calling them an outrage.

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said Monday at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire that when people leave the prison system, "they need to be reintegrated into their communities."

She says, "They need to be able to have a chance to get a job, to be able to find decent housing. And they need to be able to participate in the political process and that means they need the right to vote to be reinstated. They are American citizens."

Warren is among five 2020 candidates appearing at CNN town halls on Monday night. She came after Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and will be followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj).

___

8:15 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is championing her proposal to roll back student debt loan for what she said will cover roughly "95 percent of students" who have debt.

During a CNN town hall on Monday, the senator from Massachusetts told a crowd of college students that the second part of her plan is to "make sure that we never get in this mess again on student loan debt."

Warren wants to make college in the United States "universally available with free tuition and fees" while putting more money into federal Pell Grants that Warren says will help students of color and poorer students have better access to higher education.

She also wants to put "some real money" into historically black colleges and universities. She says, "This is about opportunity for everyone."

Warren also described how she would pay for the grand spending plan. She wants "an ultra-millionaires' tax" that would be 2 cents on every dollar for fortunes above $50 million.

___

8 p.m.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has found herself in several awkward moments during her CNN town hall.

Klobuchar has been trying to show her sense of humor during the televised appearance but quickly drew social media attention Monday night for the moments, including one on prescription drugs in which she evoked 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Klobuchar says, "We should bring in less expensive drugs from other countries like Canada. We can see practically see Canada from our porch when we're up here."

At another point, after noting her electoral success in purple-state Minnesota, she quipped, "It's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?"

She also referenced a notable moment during a 2016 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, saying she could feel town hall anchor Chris Cuomo "creeping over my shoulder...not in a Trumpian manner."

___

7:35 p.m.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is maintaining her reluctance to liberal Democrats' call for "Medicare for All."

At a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Monday, Klobuchar said she wants to get to universal health care and wants to get there fast. She is calling for putting a public option in place "because then you don't have any middleman. You have competition."

She says, "That is a way you get there without suddenly dismantling the entire system, which was very difficult to do when we put the Affordable Care Act in place."

Lawmakers can work to "do no harm" and "do much better," Klobuchar said, by "getting that public option in place immediately."

___

7:30 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says she does not support free college for students like fellow 2020 contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren does.

During a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Monday, the Minnesota senator said she wishes she could hand out college diplomas to everyone, but "I have to be straight with you and tell you the truth."

She says she does have a plan when it comes to addressing the high price of student loans: refinancing, expanding Pell Grants and bringing back former President Barack Obama's plan for free community college.

She says everything she has proposed she has a way to pay for.

Warren earlier Monday announced her proposal to eliminate student loan debt for millions of Americans and to eliminate tuition and fees for two- and four-year public college degree programs.

___

7:20 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says President Donald Trump should be held accountable following special counsel Robert Mueller's report, but she stopped short of calling for impeachment.

The senator from Minnesota said during a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Monday night that impeachment proceedings are up to the House and that lawmakers there will have to make that decision for themselves.

Klobuchar said she didn't want to weigh in too much because she is in the Senate and believes "that we are the jury."

She added: "If the House brings the impeachment proceedings before us, we will deal with them."

Klobuchar's colleague in the Senate and fellow 2020 contender Elizabeth Warren has called for Trump to be impeached.

Klobuchar says other ways to hold the president accountable are through congressional investigations and defeating him in 2020.

___

5:50 p.m.

The fight for the Democratic presidential nomination moves to prime time as five White House contenders showcase their policies and personalities from the same stage for the first time.

During Monday night's town halls, the candidates will take turns fielding questions from young people in New Hampshire and CNN anchors. The forum offers voters an early look at how a select group of high-profile candidates differentiate themselves in a crowded 2020 field.

Among the likely topics: impeachment, health care, the economy, student debt and President Donald Trump himself.

Each of the five candidates gets an hour on stage beginning with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar at 7 p.m., followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj).

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Elections - Political Conventions
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2020 Democrats talk health care, free college, impeachment
2020 Democratic hopefuls take turns addressing young voters
10:05PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Hurricanes rally past Capitals 5-2, force Game 7
Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series
10:04PM ( 8 minutes ago )
The Latest: Sanders calls Israel's government 'racist'
Sen. Bernie Sanders is standing by his criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the goal in the Mideast must be to try to bring people together and "not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government."
9:55PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Sen. Warren doubles down on call for impeachment
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is doubling down on her call to impeach President Donald Trump after the release of the redacted Mueller report and is calling on every lawmaker in the House and Senate to vote on his fate
8:45PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP FACT CHECK: Mueller interviewed many close to president
AP FACT CHECK: President Donald Trump is falsely suggesting that the people closest to him weren't interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team
8:40PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Warren: US should nix for-profit private prisons
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the United States "should get rid of for-profit private prisons."
8:30PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law
Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel
6:11PM ( 4 hours ago )
Democrats subpoena former White House lawyer McGahn
Democrats are weaving details of President Donald Trump's conduct into their 2020 election plans, but they're struggling over whether to try to actually impeach him.
6:04PM ( 4 hours ago )
Democrats criticize GOP state rep for chats about spying
Gov. Jay Inslee and other Democrats in Washington state are criticizing conservative state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, for appearing to support spying on political opponents
5:47PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Will Ukrainian comedian be any match for Vladimir Putin?
Volodymyr Zelenskiy's landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election has thrust a comedian and political novice into the middle of the most dangerous flashpoint between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War
3:55PM ( 6 hours ago )
Impeach or not impeach? Dems wrestle with Mueller report
Democrats are weaving details of President Donald Trump's conduct into their 2020 election plans, but they're struggling over whether to try to actually impeach him.
1:37PM ( 8 hours ago )
Military vet Moulton joins 2020 presidential race
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to run for the White House
1:24PM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Elections
Warren unveils $640 billion college debt forgiveness plan
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is proposing the elimination of existing student loan debt in a sweeping set of education proposals
8:38AM ( 13 hours ago )
The Latest: Trump congratulates Ukraine's election winner
U.S. President Donald Trump has congratulated Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his victory in Ukraine's presidential election.
7:47AM ( 14 hours ago )
Nothing wrong with help from Russians, Trump lawyer says
Giuliani says 'nothing wrong' with Trump campaign taking information from Russians
6:06AM ( 16 hours ago )
General Election News
The Latest: Ukrainian regional leader quits after election
The governor of the only Ukrainian region where comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy did not win the vote in the presidential election has resigned.
7:06AM ( 15 hours ago )
TV actor wins Ukraine presidential vote in a landslide
Results from nearly all polling stations show TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won the Ukrainian presidential runoff vote in a landslide
5:38AM ( 16 hours ago )
The Latest: France, Germany congratulate Ukraine winner
Germany and France, which have led diplomatic efforts to defuse the conflict in eastern Ukraine, are congratulating Volodymyr Zelenskiy on being elected as president.
5:19AM ( 16 hours ago )
General Presidential Election News
Fake news? Mueller isn't buying it
Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his own verdict on the president's contention that unfavorable stories are 'fake news': he isn't buying it
5:12AM ( 2 days ago )
Warren becomes first 2020 Democrat to call for impeachment
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to make a full-throated call for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump
7:33PM ( 3 days ago )
Trump blasts ex-advisers who say he tried to stop Mueller
A defiant President Donald Trump is unleashing tweets targeting former members of his administration who told special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators he tried numerous times to try to stop or influence the probe
2:12PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Elections - Political Conventions
2020 Democrats talk health care, free college, impeachment
2020 Democratic hopefuls take turns addressing young voters
10:05PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Hurricanes rally past Capitals 5-2, force Game 7
Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series
10:04PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Seaside Sri Lanka town known for its churches is in mourning
Seaside Sri Lankan town known for its churches and tolerance is a town of mourning after Easter attacks
9:48PM ( 24 minutes ago )
The Latest: Sanders backs voter rights even for Mass. bomber
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he supports voting rights for felons, including the Boston Marathon bomber and people convicted of sexual assault
9:34PM ( 38 minutes ago )
Surveillance clips show Chinese billionaire with accuser
Surveillance videos posted to a Chinese social media site show JD.com founder Richard Liu walking with the woman who accused him of rape
9:34PM ( 38 minutes ago )