Posts tagged with "Presidential debates"

Revealed: Joe and Jill Biden paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes in 2019

September 30, 2020

Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are trolling Donald Trump by releasing their state and federal tax returns ahead of the first presidential debate. The move comes following reports by The New York Times and other media of how little Donald Trump paid to the federal government in recent years. 

According to The Independent (UK), the Biden campaign released the former vice president’s federal and Delaware tax returns from 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 online. Biden said 22 years total of tax returns would be available for the public to review. 

Additionally, Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, released their federal and California tax returns from 2019. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, reported receiving $985,233 in adjusted gross income in 2019, of which they paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes. In 2019, Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) and her husband reported receiving just over $3M in adjusted gross income, and they owed $1,185,628 in taxes.

This starkly contrasted what President Donald Trump paid to the federal government based on a bombshell report from the Times.

According to the report, Trump failed to pay federal taxes in recent years and paid just 2016 and 2017 in $750. The president avoided paying taxes from 10 of the 15 years reviewed by the newspaper because his businesses lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, allowing him to reduce his tax burden.

The report also detailed a series of questionable expenses that Trump wrote off, including nearly $700,000 as a “consulting fee” for his daughter Ivanka Trump and $70,000 for his own hair styling.

Trump has dismissed the report as inaccurate but has declined to detail the specific errors.

The president, in stark contrast to all other past presidents, has refused to release his tax returns on his own to the American public. His campaign has claimed that he has not released his returns because they are under audit.

Research contact: @Independent

No stalking or sneering! Pelosi says there shouldn’t be any presidential debates this year

August 28, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated on August 27 that there should not be any presidential debates this year between Joe Biden and Donald Trump—adding that the president would debase the debate stage with poor behavior.

“I don’t think there should be any debates. I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody should [who] has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday.

“I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” she added, according to a report by Politico.

Biden and Trump are set to face off during three debates before Election Day, with the first scheduled to take place on September 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Pelosi acknowledged that Biden, who has expressed enthusiasm about a face-off with the president, didn’t share her view on the debate. But she still told reporters about her personal distaste for Trump’s past debate performances.

Pelosi called Trump’s 2016 debates with then-candidate Hillary Clinton “disgraceful,” emphasizing how he loomed behind her on the stage as she spoke. Clinton later admitted that Trump’s lurking made her “skin crawl.”

“He’ll probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency,” Pelosi said. “He does that every day.”

Research contact: @politico

Harris hits hard at Biden at Miami debate; leaves frontrunner reeling

July 1, 2019

All of the Democratic hopefuls piled on their criticisms of the current frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, during the June 27 presidential debate, hosted by NBC News in Miami—but Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) bested her 19 rivals, a longtime Republican pollster told CNBC on Friday.

“She owned the stage, and Joe Biden should have known it was coming, ” Frank Luntz said in a Squawk Box interview the morning after the second round of debates..

Harris, a first-term U.S. senator and former California attorney general, bashed Biden for his comments at a June 25 New York City fundraiser, at which he reminisced about the atmosphere of political fellowship when he was a senator in the 1970s and 1980s—comparing it to today’s climate, in which political rivals are considered “the enemy.”

At that event, Biden cited his ability to work with such staunch segregationists as Senator James Eastland (D- Mississippi), who Biden said was “one of the meanest guys I ever knew.”

“I was in a caucus with … Eastland,” Biden said and then, imitating a Southern accent, added that the senator “never called me ‘boy,’” a racial epithet used against black men (but not against Caucasians such as Biden).

At Thursday night’s debate, Harris left Biden chagrined and disconcerted after she pressed him on his July 25 comments—as well as on his record on school desegregation.

As the only black candidate on the stage, Harris recounted her own experience with integration and told Biden it was “hurtful” that he had worked with segregationist senators and led anti-busing efforts, NBC News reported.

At the end of her attack, she threw a curveball that knocked both Biden and the audience off their feet: ““There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day, and that little girl was me,” Harris said.

“She was very effective in that moment,” said one of the other candidates, Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado).

Biden called Harris’s blitzkrieg “a mischaracterization of my position across the board,” arguing, “I did not praise racists.”

As NBC news reported, the former vice president also reiterated the argument he has made in the past: that the federal government should not have been empowered to force schools to use busing as a means of desegregation..

By the end of the back and forth, the usually loquacious Biden cut himself off. “My time is up,” he said abruptly. “I’m sorry.”

 “That was a brilliant debate performance,” Luntz said to CNBC of Harris. “She’s the winner of both nights.”

So, would Harris be the best adversary to Trump in a future debate?

 “Don’t focus on the national numbers,” said Luntz, who refused to say which Democratic candidate would present the toughest challenge to Trump’s reelection campaign.At this point, it’s all about convincing primary voters in key early-voting states, the pollster said. “What really matters is IowaNew HampshireSouth Carolina. ”

In handicapping Harris’ primary chances, Luntz said, “South Carolina is 40% African American, the Democratic primary. She has now staked a clear claim to that vote. A number of them have been supporting Biden up to this point.”

Research contact: @CNBC