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tv   Campaign 2020 Interview with Nevada Political Reporter Jon Ralston  CSPAN  July 14, 2020 6:34pm-6:48pm EDT

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sold. ♪ cspan has unfiltered coverage, the white house, the supreme court and public policy events. he watched all of cspan's public affair engine for first program of television, online or listen on the freight radio app. pretty part of the national conversation through cspan's daily washington journal program. through our social media feed. cspan created by america's people television company as a public service, and brought to you today by your television provider. host: editor of the nevada independent and as you look at the race campaign 2020 about three and half months before the election.ti give us in your some of the political lay of the land
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between joe biden and president donald trump.nt it. guest: biden has an advantage here. because the democrats have a formidable machine, andnd they n the presidential race. the last three cycles. hillary clinton beat donald trump by two and have points although that was closer than it looked because the race especially was over after early chvoting. in the democrats have been to enough boats. biden is ahead in paul's hair. only slightly outside of the margin of error. in the recent polling. there has not beenn a lot of public only but the democrats have an substantial registratin advantage which they have for many years including 154,000 foreigners oso and clark county which is where laseg vegas is pretty 70 percent of the most. it would be difficult for republicans to win state wide in
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nevada. >> it seems a long ago the nomadic caucuses which senator bernie sanders bond with about 40 percent of the democratic vote. many people were beginning to write off joe biden. so so much as changed since then. as a solid for the mechanic nominee joe biden. >> that is an interesting question. sanders has one here and essentially in a landslide over joe biden. and they calculate, the votes differently but it's interesting that the biden team took god as second place finish after the disastrous showing in iowa and new hampshire. and then in south carolina than the rest is history. and the progressive wing is not much different than the left wing of the democratic party elsewhere grade i think the imperative to beat donald trump, the truck so to speak, that the
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potential with joe biden, the disappointment and bernie sanders. and not being the nominee. but that of course is going to be the key with biden across the country being able in some areas with hillary clinton was unable to do which is to get the far left excited to turn out for him. host: how important is it in nevada. >> i think that all of that calculus has changed. in the sense that since the george floyd killing, and it has really been active especially in social media. in the african-american should be in the ticket. so i think it will be some disappointment if biden does not that, harris or someone like
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that. vice presidential effects do not generally make a huge difference. i think of more than any election that we have seen in some time, the biden will be advised of the following hippocratic oath of politics which is do no harm with that pic. host: a lot of speculation early on. what about your home state senator. she took her name out of consideration. what is the back story. why. host: it's interesting. i've known her more than 30 years. the getty said if a politician was attorney general and u.s. senator. she is to some extent a political party don't think she have her had any interest in being on the vice presidential ticket with biden. i think she was flattered by the intention. i think it was of good reasons to say based on my fore
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mentioned do no harm policy that she would've been good. very smart. she's disciplined but she's also bad that the democratic campaign committee and a she's invested a lot of time and nets. i just think she did not want the distraction of being taken away from that and i just don't think it's something that you ever wanted. she dreamed of being a u.s. senator for most of her adult life. she has that job now. i think she loves it. host: and course we preface this with a lot could happen between now and election day. when you talk to democrats here in washington, a lot of speculation that they could recapture control of the u.s. senate in november. what is that mean for her to democratic senators in nevada. >> is a really good question because it would just about and jacky rosen, were just elected in the last two cycles. here not very high in seniority in the minority.
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but if the democrats furnished take the senate at the head of the campaign committee, we get credit for that. understanding the rise in the u.s. senate. jacky rosen would only be in her second part of the first term. so she probably would not have that much influence but catherine cortez if she was of the race, that will have jacky. and for many years, states like nevada really couldn't do much until harry reid became one of the most powerful people in the history of the state becoming a minority than the majority leader of the u.s. senate. i'm sure he has talked to catherine cortez. because he anointed her to replace him. host: is nevada a splitting state pretty. >> it's a great question steven. i wrote a column after the last
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election think the nevada is a bloom state. and it was the republicans were upset with me. there is actually the democrats because if you would declare in a blue state, you're not going to get investment from the national authority. the democrats want to keep saying, the nevada is there's pretty listen, is still 100 days in so from early voting starting here in nevada. you can't say anything for sure the nevada it is a very lane blue state. in a so that harry reid recently actually was interviewed and said he advised biden to invest here. so clearly is worried as a still behind the scenes and influential force in nevada the national democrats will not invest here. the democrats dominate the state iss only one state wide offici. secretary of state. the legislature is controlled by
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almost of the people majority by democrats. they dominate the states. so the state is clearly very lane blue state. but the local democratic party does not want to lose those resources that are invested during the presidential campaign. they will keep it. it's very difficult to make the argument anymore. steven: year that will be unlike any other in terms of how the candidate's campaignw so far mt of that virtually. so when we state invest in the state, and that does not necessarily mean the candidates like joe biden and donald trevor campaigning a person but is on the ground efforts, much of it done virtually what through advertising correct. jon: you're absolutely right worried and it's really all about voter registration pretty and mentioned earlier that the democrats and sizable finish. in person campaigning is not going to do much. it's going to beam very difficu. as we sit here, we don't know the pandemic is going to be
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like. in the next few months and how it will limit or not limit campaigning. but money matters in politics. and money spent wisely especially now, it is still not clear whether what they did in the recent june primary here, which was mostly now balloting is going to occur in the general election and let the impact of that will be on both parties. steven: entertainment, the gaming industry and the impact that this had in nevada, and the coronavirusco in had on the economy in the in nevada. jon: the economy is actually devastated here because it's so dependent on that few miles of s road. known as las vegas strip. it was shut down for a couple of months. it is now reopened although some places more than others. in summary t thinking about
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furloughing employees again. the legislature is as we sit here, in agi special session trying to figure out how to do it $1.2 billion budget hole how to fill it because they're so dependent here in the state pretty were so dependent on gaming and sales taxes. so i can make an argument, that we have been hurt and a disproportionately of almost any other state by what is happened because the economy is still so reliant on tourists. steven: john, the editor of the independence joining us from las vegas. thank you for joining us on c-span. ♪ the democratic and republican party, campaign for president trump and joe biden are just planning for next month's political convention already shared by the coronavirus pandemic. the democrats were convene in
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she spoke about corrections to combat the virus as well as the state policies unmask that out-of-state visitors. other topics included the upcoming election and her name on the list of potential running mates for former vice president joe biden. host: good afternoon of from the washington post. welcome to the washington post live. this is also a special recording, live recording. it'sng a podcast. with a lot to talk about my guest today. she's been her states secretary of health or she has represented for state and congress . . and today she said to be in joe biden's vice presidential short list. she is new mexico governor, michelle. governor welcome. >> i am delighted to be under show a nice to meet


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