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White House hopeful Joe Biden announced an upcoming “No Malarkey” bus tour on Thursday, in an effort to connect with Iowa voters ahead of the nation’s first presidential primary.

The eight-day tour is set to cover 18 counties and is designed to help Biden’s image, as his Democratic frontrunner status hangs in the balance.

The tour’s name is likely derived from his 2012 vice presidential debate against former GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, when he told the Wisconsin Republican that his critique of the Obama administration’s foreign policy was, “a bunch of malarkey.”

“When Joe Biden first announced he was running, he told Iowans they’d be seeing a lot of him — and he meant it,” Biden campaign manager George Schultz said. “Being honest, upfront and authentic is core to who Joe Biden is and why Iowans love him.”

The tour is set to begin on Nov. 30 and will include stops in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Mason City, Elkader, Decorah, and Oelwein.

Schultz added that “when it comes to protecting health care, rebuilding the middle class, and defeating Donald Trump, Joe will continue laying out a clear vision about how he will deliver results for working families.”

Biden was mocked on Thursday by former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod during a CNN debate panel. Axelrod said Biden was “Mr. Magooing his way” through the primary.

“Biden, I wouldn’t say that he was a house of fire in any of the debates that we’ve been to. And yet he comes — kind of bumps along, kind of Mr. Magoo-ing his way through this,” Axelrod said.

“And you keep worrying he’s going to hit a wall but he’s moving forward.”

The Iowa Democratic presidential primary is scheduled for February 3, 2020.

Author: Nick Givas

Source: Fox News: Biden announces ‘No Malarkey’ Iowa bus tour to boost slumping 2020 campaign

Mandatory gun buybacks are unconstitutional and could give the federal government broad power to impose their will on law-abiding citizens, said 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Sunday.

Sanders was taking questions at a green jobs town hall in Charles City, Iowa, when he was asked for his opinion on mandatory buybacks of AR15s and AK47s.

“I don’t support — a mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation, which I think is unconstitutional,” he replied. “It means that I am going to walk into your house and take something whether you like it or not. I don’t think that stands up to constitutional scrutiny.”

Sanders shared his gun control plan, which included taking an adversarial stance against the National Rifle Association, increasing background checks and banning the sale of assault weapons.

“We cannot allow the NRA to dictate policy because they’ve intimidated [President] Trump and they’ve intimidated the Republican party,” he added. “I’m not going to be intimidated by them.”

Former fellow 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke was an outspoken advocate of mandatory gun buybacks for assault-style weapons and made it a centerpiece of his campaign.

In September at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention, O’Rourke called for mandatory buybacks, red flag laws, and a national registry, all in the same speech.

“A gun registry in this country, licensing for every American who owns a firearm, and every single one of those AR-15s and AK-47s will be bought back so they’re not on our streets, not in our homes, [and] do not take the lives of our fellow Americans,” O’Rourke said.

This isn’t the first time the issue of gun buybacks has been thrust into the spotlight and criticized by the Democratic presidential field. In October, South Bend Mayor and 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg agreed with Sanders that buybacks are akin to confiscation. He drew fire from fellow candidates Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who supported the plan.

Last month, before withdrawing from the race, O’Rourke said police officers would have to enforce the buybacks and enter private homes to carry out the confiscation.

“Any law that is not followed or flagrantly abused, there have to be consequences or else there is no respect for the law,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I think there would be a visit by law enforcement to recover that firearm and to make sure that it is purchased, bought back, so that it cannot be potentially used against somebody else.”

Author: Nick Givas

Source: Fox News: Bernie Sanders calls gun buybacks ‘unconstitutional’ at rally: It’s ‘essentially confiscation’

President Trump will make history next week when he and First Lady Melania attend the New York City Veterans Day Parade, marking the first time a sitting president has accepted the invitation to appear.

Doug McGowan, chairman of the United Veterans War Council, appeared with Constellation Group founder Bill White on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday to make the surprise announcement and praised the commander-in-chief for his constant support of the veteran community.

“I am proud to announce — honored to announce — that the commander-in-chief has accepted our invitation and will be leading the New York City Veterans Day Parade, the centennial, this year,” McGowan said.

“This is the first time [a sitting president has appeared]… Citizen Donald Trump in the ’80s, the 90s and again in the early 2000s has been here for the veteran’s community of New York.”

White said Trump was responsible for saving the parade from financial insolvency in the 90s when he stepped up and offered to personally cover the shortfall.

“In 1993, almost 25 years ago, the parade was in difficult financial straits, and the president of the United States – then [known as] ‘The Donald’ – no questions asked, just said, ‘Yes, I will do it,'” he said.

“He wrote a ginormous check, saved the Veterans Day Parade. He was honored at the Pentagon way back then,” White continued. “He has been a friend to our veterans for many, many, many years… We are so grateful to our president. We have a great commander-in-chief. There’s going to be 30,000 veterans, 400 military units… and it’s our 100th anniversary.”

Every year, for 25 years, veterans have extended an open invitation to the sitting president to attend, but Trump is the first one to commit to making an actual appearance.

McGowan and White also credited Trump for taking an interest in veterans affairs, specifically corruption and problems within America’s VA hospitals.

“The president has done more for our veterans in the last three years than what so many of us have been trying to do for decades,” White said.

“The choice that he’s giving veterans to be able to go to a doctor and not have to wait on a line and potentially die — we lost a lot of veterans to… bad incidence at the VA,” he added. “He’s also getting rid of employees at the VA who aren’t taking care of veterans. So he’s doing a lot.”

Author: Nick Givas

Source: Fox News: President Trump to make history by attending NYC Veterans Day parade

Politicians seeking to confiscate guns from Americans shouldn’t share their plans with the public beforehand and should seek to maintain an element of surprise, Joy Behar said on “The View” Monday.

Behar was discussing former 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from Texas, and said it was foolish of him to announce his plans for gun confiscation before he was elected. She advised all politicians to go after the country’s guns after they’ve assumed office.

“They should not tell everything they’re going to do. If you’re going to take people’s guns away, wait until you get elected — then take the guns away,” she said. “Don’t tell them ahead of time.”

Co-host Meghan McCain also weighed in on the issue and said O’Rourke has poisoned the well and scared off independent voters from the Democratic party.

“I will also say that his stance on gun buybacks — Mayor Pete said it was a shiny object that distracts from achievable gun reform,” she said earlier in the interview. “That clip will be played for years… with organizations that try and scare people by saying that Democrats are coming for your guns.

“[Beto] also made some statements about religious institutions getting their tax-exempt status removed from them because they didn’t support same-sex marriage,” McCain continued. “He did a lot of, like, battleground culture war, and he ran as the most left, most woke candidate and look where he ended.”

O’Rourke, a former congressman, dropped out of the 2020 race on Friday, telling supporters, “It is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully.

“My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee,” O’Rourke wrote in a post on Medium. “Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee, and it is in the best interests of the country.”

Author: Nick Givas

Source: Fox News: Joy Behar: Don’t tell Americans before you take their guns

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came out against the much-touted “Medicare-for-all” proposal from 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and said the party’s candidates should seek to emulate ObamaCare, in order to achieve universal health coverage.

Pelosi appeared on CNBC’s “Mad Money” Tuesday and was asked by host Jim Cramer what direction the party should take with regard to spending and health care.

“We think the right path is the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi replied. “And that is a path to healthcare for all Americans.”

Pelosi said Democrats can focus on more expansive government options after they win back the White Houseand control of Congress but should temper their expectations in the meantime.

“I believe that the path… to healthcare for all is a path that is following the lead of the Affordable Care Act,” she added.

“That I think, is the path we should go on. I think that what is being put forth — I said if that’s what you believe, God bless you. But know what it entails, and what that debate would be like.”

Author: Nick Givas

Source: Fox News: Pelosi comes out against ‘Medicare-for-all,’ tells 2020 Democrats to follow ObamaCare blueprint

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