Days 138 and 139: 10/5/19-10/6/19

Over the weekend, most of the candidates were interested in the debates. Julian Castro was reminding us that he’s always been the underdog, while Bernie Sanders was trying to convince me he still was the underdog. Meanwhile, Joe Sestak was kicking off a campaign movement (literally).

Relatively calm weekend.

At 5 emails in 2 days, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren sent the most messages over the weekend. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar both sent only 4. Bernie Sanders, Joe Sestak, and Andrew Yang sent 3 each.

Not quite 50/50

The emails were fairly evenly split over the two days, as usual. Saturday had more of a variety of asks, while Sunday focused more on giving money.

Fundraising is quieter but not gone.

Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke all had debate ticket contests running over the weekend, while Tom Steyer wanted to let me know he had qualified for the November debates, and Bernie Sanders wanted my opinion on the topics that were important for the debate.

Julian Castro talked about the importance of him being on stage for the November debates.

This is a long email. I really need you to read the entire thing — and then consider donating $5 to my campaign before midnight to help me qualify for the next debates. >>

My life hasn’t always been easy, and I know yours hasn’t either. I understand the struggle real people in this country face. But I also understand the incredible opportunity we can create together.

I watched my grandmother clean other people’s houses for a living. She never got past the 4th grade. She came here from Mexico when she was seven, rolled up her sleeves, and worked 20-hour days to give us a better life.

My grandmother showed me that hard work and opportunity can pay off.

My mother taught me that we need to lift our communities up and fight for the most vulnerable.

And now, I am running to be President of the United States so I can stand up and be a voice for you.

Here is the bottom line — I get it because I’ve lived it: 

I know how much equal pay would have meant for my mom — that’s why I stood up for it at the debates.

I see my grandmother in the images of the babies separated from their parents at the border — that’s why I stood up for a humane immigration plan.

I see my childhood neighborhood when I go to Flint, Michigan and hear about kids living without clean drinking water — that’s why I’m standing up for lead policy.

I see my son and daughter in the faces of children without access to quality education — that’s why I’m fighting for universal pre-K for all.

I promise you this: I will always — always — fight for you. And I need you to fight for me today.

If you want to keep me in this race, to see me continue to be a voice for you, and to help me build a sustainable campaign that’s in it for the long haul, I need you right now.

I need to stand out in 4 major polls to qualify for the next debates, but I need 453 more gifts to fund the necessary ads it’ll take to spread my message and secure those polls.

This is a critically important moment for me. Would you please consider rushing $5 before midnight?

Julian Castro

It was a long email and I did read it all, but he didn’t give me any new information about himself, just about his mother and grandmother.

I do find it interesting that even though Castro has kids, he very rarely talks about them. Buttigieg makes a case for being around in 2050, so he has a personal stake in decisions he would make as President. Just about everyone else talks about making decisions for a better world for their kids or grandkids. Castro is always talking about doing it for his mother and grandmother. Maybe that’s what is so off-putting about his constant reference to the past and not the future. He seems to care more about standing up for his mother’s struggles than his daughter’s.

Michael Bennet also was upset about not qualifying for future debate stages.

We hate to be so direct, but we need you to chip in $5.

FIRST: Some people called Michael’s campaign a long shot when he announced.

THEN: Our campaign’s success surprised them all, and Michael stood out on the first two debate stages.

BUT NOW:Because of arbitrary rules cooked up in a back room, the DNC is trying to block Michael and other qualified candidates from future debate stages.

If everyone reading this chipped in right now, we’d send a powerful message to the DNC that voters decide our nominee – not some operatives in a back room!

Team Bennet

First, Then, and Now are all highlighted in yellow. The last paragraph is actually written in red. While Castro was more concerned with how tough his life has been, Bennet is clearly more upset that he’s not doing better. He’s sent some variant of this request many times over the last few months.

I think it’s apparent what powerful message everyone reading that was sending.

Amy Klobuchar was the third candidate to worry about not making the November stage. Unlike Castro and Bennet, however, Klobuchar didn’t wallow in self-pity.

Good news and bad news, Team:

The good news is that we’ve already hit the donor threshold to qualify Amy for the November DNC debate. That’s thanks to supporters like you!

The bad news is that we need more polls that reflect the energy that we’re seeing on the ground in states like Iowa and New Hampshire — and that’s where you can help!

Your gift today will build on our growing momentum to get Amy’s message in front of even more Americans and ensure that she qualifies for November’s debate. Will you rush a donation?

Amy’s support is surging in places like Iowa, where she’s rising in the polls, has a brand-new ad on the air and has scored more endorsements from current and former state legislators than any other Democrat in the race.

Now we just need to make sure our numbers reflect our strength.

Can you help? Donate today to make sure Amy stays on the debate stage and continues sharing her optimistic message for America!

Team Amy

The difference in tone is night and day. Castro is being kept down. Bennet is being kept down. Klobuchar is working hard to get ahead. It’s a passive versus active approach to their lives and their campaigns. I am much more impressed with someone who seizes control of their destiny instead of just letting life happen to them.

Lots of donate asks over the weekend.

Bernie Sanders spent a few days in the hospital last week. Apparently, this meant that his campaign ground to a complete standstill.

Good morning, friends: I am writing to ask if you would make a $2.70 contribution to our campaign today.

Here’s a few reasons why this request is so important:

* Earlier this week, we learned that our campaign raised more money and received more donations than any candidate in the race during the last fundraising quarter.

* But taking the last few days off from fundraising means we’ve likely started this current fundraising quarter in a deep hole. And that’s trouble — because this is the most important quarter of the campaign.

* So what we’re asking people to do is to help Bernie catch up over the next few days, because if we can, we’re going to be in great shape to win this race.

So here’s the ask:

Can Bernie count on you to help us close the gap by making a $2.70 contribution to our campaign today? This is important.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

Sanders was the number 1 fundraiser in Q1.

He was the number 2 fundraiser in Q2 until he transferred money in to become number 1.

He was the number 1 fundraiser in Q3.

What gap is Sanders needing to close? Is fundraising this early in a new quarter really so high and strong that losing a few days of it will kill Sanders’ campaign? If so, why didn’t his campaign fundraise without him? After all, Sanders doesn’t do fundraisers, right? He does emails? The campaign doesn’t need him to click the button to send fundraising emails. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign didn’t stop when she was on active training in Indonesia for 10 days. Beto O’Rourke’s, Tim Ryan’s, and Pete Buttigieg’s campaigns all stopped when they were tending to their communities in the wake of painful shootings, but Ryan and Buttigieg picked right back up without crying about deep holes (O’Rourke took the longest time off, I believe, and he did ask for help catching back up).

I don’t like that Sanders is using his health scare as a way to raise money as if his campaign was somehow in trouble. If it’s in financial trouble at this point, Sanders has a lot more problems than a hospital visit.

Meanwhile, Joe Sestak decided to walk across New Hampshire. Literally.

105 miles on foot.

When running for Congress in Pennsylvania, Sestak walked across the entire state to meet and understand people. He’s doing that again in New Hampshire.

Since I announced my candidacy, I’ve talked about how we must unite this country through accountable leadership in Washington. And as Atticus explained to Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, “You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” Not only have I believed this since I got into politics, but also in the U.S. Navy. It’s why, in 2015, I walked 422 miles across the entire breadth of my home state of Pennsylvania: to meet and understand people, and to show that I stood for them. And it’s why I’m announcing a walk across New Hampshire — 105 miles from Chesterfield, on the border with Vermont, to Portsmouth, where the harbor opens to the Atlantic Ocean, starting on October 13th and ending October 20th.

After spending three months getting to know Iowans — driving 17,000 miles for 235 events and shaking nearly 30,000 hands — I want to listen to New Hampshirites and understand the challenges that they face as well, many of which are faced by working families across America. I’ll set out early every morning and finish late at night, walking along highways and byways, through towns and cities and rural communities. I’ll be stopping along the way to talk with people about issues from education “training for a lifetime” to national security and healthcare (including the opioid crisis), and from small businesses and jobs to veterans and healthy habitats. I’ll be taking occasional breaks to stray from the route to attend other events throughout the day and evening — but when I do, I’ll put a stick in the ground and come back to the same point later on to continue the walk.

Join me — walk with me, attend any of the events below, or share my message on social media. We need a President who knows Americans, all Americans. We need a President who walks in their shoes and will unite America again.

Joe Sestak

Sestak has asked for donations to help fund this walk. I’m fumbling for an explanation for this myself. It paid off in Pennsylvania, but he can easily ask Beto O’Rourke how well state campaigning transfers up to national campaigning. This feels to me like a stunt attempting to get some media attention for a campaign most people don’t even know exists.

But then again, maybe I’m wrong. I’ve never walked in Sestak’s shoes.

No new emails from Tim Ryan… do we have our next to drop out soon?

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