Candidates focus on climate, rural poverty

  • Cory Booker talks to the crowd during a Hometown Kickoff for his national presidential campaign tour at Military Park in downtown Newark, New Jersey, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) Andres Kudacki

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to a crowd at James Madison Park in Madison, Wis., Friday, April 12, 2019. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

  • Children show support during a hometown kickoff for Cory Booker's national presidential campaign tour at Military Park in downtown Newark, N.J., Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) Andres Kudacki

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. talks to the crowd during a hometown kickoff for his national presidential campaign tour at Military Park in downtown Newark, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) Andres Kudacki

Associated Press
Published: 4/14/2019 8:15:07 PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren made campaign stops in Lebanon and Concord on Saturday, while other presidential hopefuls criss-crossed the country, hitting on themes from rural poverty to climate.

Other highlights from the campaigns:

Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the United States is a world leader on the climate issue. It’s just that the nation is leading in the wrong direction.

At a house party in New Hampshire on Saturday, the Massachusetts Democrat said the reason the country is headed in the wrong direction is because of corruption.

“This is not ignorance,” Warren said. “This is not that people just don’t get it. The people in Washington, oh, they get it. But they are on the take. They are influenced by the money.”

But it’s so much more than campaign contributions, she said. It’s also the lobbyists, lawyers, the think tanks and “bought and paid for experts” that has created a sense of deniability around climate change, she said.

“The key that we’ve got to play into, unlock, fixing the problems we need to fix, starts with, we have got to push back on the influence of money in Washington,” Warren said.

Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke is campaigning in rural South Carolina, saying he wants to show up for communities that are often overlooked by politicians or “left for last.”

O’Rourke spoke to about 50 people at Voorhees College, a historically black college in Denmark, a city of 3,000 people. Addressing the infrastructure needs of rural areas, he said politicians need to demonstrate that every community, no matter how big or small, “is worthy of investment.”

O’Rourke spoke specifically about using federal infrastructure spending to address issues like the water crisis in Denmark, where residents have been dealing with brown-tinted drinking water that smells foul and is filled with sediment. The city for years used a pool disinfectant not approved by the EPA in a drinking water well, which was taken offline last summer.

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Saturday Democrats can’t beat President Donald Trump with anger. Instead they should make fun of him.

Speaking to a crowd of about a dozen voters at a diner in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Hickenlooper said Trump was a “bully,” and “most bullies are narcissistic and insecure...they want to be respected, and they want to be seen as a powerful person.

“The way I dealt with bullies as a kid is...you don’t take them head-on, you take what they’re saying, you twist it a little bit so you expose the ridiculousness of what they’re saying,” he said.

“The only way you can beat Trump is to set him up for the absurd figure, the comic book figure that he is,” he said.

Hickenlooper advised Democrats to avoid getting angry at Trump because, “especially in elections...it pushes people in the middle a little farther out to the edges.”




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