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Pro-life Dem clashes with Buttigieg at town hall: ‘We don’t belong’

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg refused to say whether he would be open to language in the Democratic platform that would be more inclusive to pro-life members of the party, during a tense moment at Fox News’ town hall Sunday night.

A pro-life Democrat named Kristen Day asked Buttigieg whether he wanted the support of “people like me” during the forum moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace — and pressed the mayor over whether he would support a change in the Democrats’ platform to emphasize that it is a “big tent” party and welcomes pro-life members. He would not commit to such a move.

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“I’m not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice, and I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision,” Buttigieg said to applause from the rest of the audience. “The best I can offer is that if we can’t agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line, and in my view, it’s the woman who’s faced with that decision in her own life.”

Wallace then asked Day if she was satisfied with the answer Buttigieg gave. She said she was not.

“He didn’t answer the second part of my question, and the second part was: The Democratic platform contains language that basically says, ‘we don’t belong, we have no part in the party because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months, the government should pay for it,'” Day said. “In 1996 and several years after that there was language in the Democratic platform that said ‘we understand that people have very differing views on this issue but we are a big tent party that includes everybody and therefore we welcome you — people like me — into the party so we can work on issues that we agree on.'”

Buttigieg countered: “I support the position of my party — that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone, and I support the Roe v. Wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy there are very few restrictions and late in pregnancy there are very few exceptions.”

‘I’m not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you.’

— Pete Buttigieg

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“And so I may have my views, but I cannot imagine that a decision that a woman confronts is going to ever be better, medically or morally, because it’s being dictated by any government official,” he said.

The former South Bend, Ind., mayor’s comments touched off a debate over Democrats’ abortion stance and whether or not the party should moderate it.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, drew a distinction between people who personally would not get an abortion and people who support pro-life policies like Day, whom she called “anti-choice.”

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“The question is a good reminder to differentiate between people who feel personally pro-life and those who are anti-choice like Kristen Day,” she tweeted. “The latter category believes it’s fine to force their beliefs on others through law. The former does not.”

Katie Pavlich, an editor for the conservative Townhall.com, took the Buttigieg comments as a signal that he believes pro-choice views should be a litmus test for Democrats.

“Pete Buttigieg just told a pro-life, Democrat *woman* she has no place in today’s Democrat Party. All she asked for was a recognition there is diversity of thought on the issue and that it be put in the platform language. He said no and told her to deal with it,” she wrote on Twitter.

The 2016 Democratic platform leaves little wiggle room on the issue, promising that Democrats will support judges who will “protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion” and advocate funding and support of abortion in developing countries.

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It continues: “We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

The Hyde Amendment is a bar that prevents federal funds from subsidizing abortion in almost all cases. It has received generally bipartisan support in Congress since the 1970s. Buttigieg’s fellow moderate in the 2020 race, former Vice President Joe Biden, was pressured into changing his longtime stance on the rule last year.

“I make no apologies for my last position and I make no apologies for what I’m about to say,” Biden said on Thursday at an event in Atlanta, defending his change of heart. “I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right.”

Buttigieg’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Fox News Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg: See the photos

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Rick Scott suspects Pelosi ‘trying to help Joe Biden,’ hurt his Dem opponents with impeachment

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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speculated Saturday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing impeachment as a way of helping former Vice President Joe Biden gain an advantage over his Democratic rivals.

“I think I’ve come to the conclusion why Nancy Pelosi held the articles of impeachment for 33 days. This whole thing has helped Joe Biden. I mean all this is to keep Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren off the campaign trail and help Joe Biden,” Scott told Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

Scott’s comments came just after President Trump’s defense team began presenting its case before the Senate on Saturday — arguing Democrats want to remove Trump from the 2020 ballot for doing “absolutely nothing wrong.”

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According to Scott, House impeachment manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., got “knee-capped” by Trump’s defense.

“I think the White House counsel showed that there was no due process in the House,” Scott said.

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“It was the complete, just fabrication what he did. And then, what they did was they explained that there was no quid pro quo, that there was no obstruction of justice,” he added.

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Scott also defended the way that Senate Republicans handled the impeachment trial. “We’re going to have a fair process. I think what Mitch McConnell proposed was a fair process. I’m shocked that the Democrats didn’t go along with it,” he said.

“It’s what we did in the Clinton case. But I think we’re going to have a fair process. I don’t know if we’ll have witnesses or not. I think the process we’re going through now … is a good process, but based on what I heard this morning, I think it’s pretty convincing that this was just a rushed job to try to get this president.”

He concluded that Pelosi, D-Calif., is “trying to help Joe Biden here.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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New England Patriots’ Benjamin Watson says pro-life issues shouldn’t be partisan after March for Life

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The mission of those who marched at the March for Life on Friday shouldn’t be partisan, New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Pete Hegseth, Griff Jenkins, and Lisa Boothe, Watson said pro-life issues are shaped in a “partisan way” right now, but “it shouldn’t be that way.”

“Standing for the vulnerable should be something that everybody can get behind,” he stated.

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Watson said it was encouraging to see the up to 100,000 attendees who came out for the cause.

“People of all ages, all ethnicities, you have Democrats, Republicans all joining us for life,” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts.

“And so, every time I have an opportunity to go, it is kind of like being in a huddle and everybody getting together encouraging each other before we go out and continue to fight for life,” Watson said.

Watson is currently producing a documentary on the issue called “Divided Hearts of America,” which is set to release later this year.

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He said that his journey through the film is “getting to the issues — getting to the truth.”

“What is abortion? What are the implications if we don’t deal with this in the correct way?” he asked. “It’s important we are able to talk about these issues. I believe this issue is the issue of our day that is tearing our country apart.”

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Trump’s appearance at March for Life meant ‘everything’ to marchers, Rachel Campos-Duffy says

President Trump’s decision to attend the 47th-annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday “bodes well for him in 2020” with pro-life voters, Fox Nation host Rachel Campos-Duffy said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Griff Jenkins, Lisa Boothe, and Pete Hegseth, Campos-Duffy said the president’s appearance meant “everything” to the pro-life marchers.

“They have been so ignored for so long on that march and here comes the president, really edifying them,” she said.

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Trump became the first sitting president to both attend and address the march. In 2018, he spoke to the crowd of 100,000 over a video message.

The president, who for years was pro-choice, has since embraced a pro-life position and made clear on Friday that he plans to continue that agenda as he seeks reelection in November.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the “March for Life” rally, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In an interview backstage on Friday, he told Campos-Duffy that he recognized that the pro-life movement has been “under siege” for a long time.

“And, I said, ‘You know, I’m in Washington. Maybe I will just — instead of making a tape, I will go over,'” he said. “Now I didn’t know this was going to be this big of a deal, but they have a lot of people out there. And, it turned out to be very successful. The most successful one by far.”

“We want to do what we feel is right,” said Trump.

‘The fact that President Trump came here sent an incredibly strong message that he has not only been a great president, [but] maybe the most pro-life president ever in policy…the fact that he is standing here side-by-side with these tens of thousands of people…” Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., remarked backstage on Friday.

During his address, the president told an uproarious crowd that unborn children have “never had a stronger defender in the White House.”

“Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting,” he added.

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The president also panned Democrats’ stances on abortion as “extreme,” accusing many of supporting “taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth.”

“I think the most important he says in that speech was he said ‘they are coming after me because I’m fighting for you,'” Campos-Duffy remarked, noting that it was likely a reference to the impeachment trial in the Senate.

” I think he completely has their love and gratitude and joy [and] has their vote,” she said. “When I looked at that crowd, I also realized he recruited an army of volunteers because — again — they felt so grateful that he acknowledged them in such a  bold move.”

“It’s never been done before,” Campos-Duffy concluded

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Angel Mom: Dems won’t fight for their fellow Americans because of their ‘illegal criminal first agenda’

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Angel families are tired of being ignored by Democrats who have an apparent “illegal criminal first agenda”, Angel mom Mary Ann Mendoza said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Lisa Boothe, Mendoza said the list of angel families is growing daily in the United States because Democrats continue to support illegal immigrants, provide them with sanctuary from immigration officials and provide them with benefits that even American citizens don’t get.

“And, quite frankly, we are all sick of being ignored by Democrats,” she remarked, adding that she is “pretty disgusted that our loved ones have become collateral damage in their illegal criminal first agenda that they have got going on.”

Mendoza’s son Brandon — a Mesa, Arizona police officer — was killed in 2014 after his police car was hit by an intoxicated illegal immigrant.

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Earlier this week, 2020 Democratic frontrunner and former vice president Joe Biden said his administration would fire Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who arrest and deport illegal immigrants arrested for driving drunk. He said he doesn’t “count drunk driving as a felony.”

At a Vice News forum on minority issues in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday night, Biden said he wants to change the fact that children of illegal immigrants live in fear that their parents will be arrested and deported.

“They go off to school wondering whether their mom comes and picks them up, is she not going to be there because an ICE agent was there to arrest her,” he said.

“You know, there are tens of thousands of innocent American victims who have been killed by illegal alien drunk drivers in this country,” Mendoza replied. “Over 80,000 DUIs illegal aliens arrested by ICE in one year. That doesn’t even count the additional 76,000 other traffic violations that they have done.”

“So, they’re dangerous drivers. They have a tendency to drive drunk,” she continued. “They don’t realize, you know, they don’t assimilate to our society and know this isn’t what you do.”

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“We cannot allow the Democrats to take control of the administration or have the majority in the House or the Senate because [this] ‘open borders: everybody come into our country’ mentality that they have is what is going to continue,” she told Boothe.

“Like I said, they are enticing this invasion into our country because they know they are going to be provided sanctuary from our laws,” Mendoza commented.

“Once they cross our border and they arrive in our overburdened detention centers and they start complaining about the conditions, they know the Democrats will take up the fight for them. But, they will not fight for their fellow Americans who have become victims of illegal alien crime in their country,” she concluded.

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Robertson & Murrill: Support for unrestricted abortions is litmus test for Dem state attorneys general

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Speaking Friday at the March for Life in Washington on the National Mall, President Trump criticized Democrats for embracing “radical and extreme positions” on abortion and accused them of attempting to silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life.

Skeptics need look no further than the Democratic Attorneys General Association to validate the president’s statements.

In an unprecedented announcement at the end of last year, the group representing Democratic state attorneys general declared that it will only endorse and provide financial support to those candidates for attorney general who will publicly pledge support for unrestricted abortions.

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On cue, Planned Parenthood – which has pledged to spend $45 million on elections this year – applauded the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Planned Parenthood said it was “thrilled” with the announcement and decreed that every political party should support the right to abortion – including late-term or third-trimester abortions.

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The message of the Democratic Attorneys General Association is clear: There is no place under its tent for anyone who is not all-in on abortion – even in pro-life states. This is a fascinating political calculation on the heels of Democratic candidates for attorney general losing two races in pro-life states that have elected Democratic attorneys general for as long as anyone can remember.

But it’s worse than that. The Democratic Attorneys General Association is not just fighting for a woman’s absolute right to abort her baby. These attorneys general want you to pay for abortions – and not just with your tax dollars.

This is the group that believes employers must pay for their employees’ abortions even when it violates the closely held religious and moral beliefs of the employers.

Democratic attorneys general currently serve in 24 states and the District of Columbia. They do not believe that the religious or moral convictions of private business owners matter at all if those convictions get in the way of the Democrats’ beloved abortion entitlement.

Perhaps all of this is good news for Republican attorneys general. They will never again have to worry about losing races in any state where most citizens impose their own litmus test – whether a candidate can place legal duties over political considerations if elected attorney general.

The vast majority of Americans believe that an unborn child is, in fact, a child; that a woman’s right to “make her own decisions about her own body” does not include the right to extinguish a new life; and that the states have an important obligation to protect the health and safety of the unborn.

Yet the Democratic Attorneys General Association does not believe that a Democratic attorney general (or candidate) can or should take any of this into consideration. The group rejects out-of-hand any candidate with empathy towards the unborn.

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In addition, the Democratic group mandates that even a pro-choice candidate must not express any hesitation in telling a state that it has no legal right to show its respect for unborn life (at any stage of pregnancy), no right to regulate brutal abortion procedures, and no right to protect women from substandard care.

Some Democratic attorneys general get it, however. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul recently defended Wisconsin’s abortion laws against a challenge by Planned Parenthood. He seems to have recognized that political pledges and personal preferences can’t take precedence over his duty to defend the laws of his state (at least if he wants to get reelected).

Will the Democratic Attorneys General Association abandon Kaul? Interestingly, Kaul, who ran center-left, won by only 17,000 votes.

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The Democratic Attorneys General Association lost three out of three attorney general races in 2019. The organization should plan to lose more this year.

The tens of thousands of Americans who traveled to Washington to stand for life Friday should serve as a warning to the Democratic attorneys general. Real America will show up at the ballot box to keep Planned Parenthood from carrying out its radical agenda through state attorneys general offices across the country.

Elizabeth Murrill is the solicitor general for Louisiana.

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Former Acting AG Whitaker: Trump impeachment charges should be dismissed by Senate – Dems failed to prove case

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As the former acting attorney general of the United States and as an attorney who has tried cases – both civil and criminal, prosecution and defense – it strikes me that the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump looks different and is fundamentally different from anything I have ever seen.

There is no crime alleged in the articles of impeachment. In a typical criminal trial, the prosecutors (in this case the House managers) explain what they expect the evidence to show and how it proves the elements of the crime alleged.

Here, there is no crime alleged, so it is difficult to determine the implications or purpose of the alleged facts. This requires the jury (in this case, senators) to essentially determine whether

the facts alleged are so egregious that they rise to the need to remove the duly elected president of our country from office.

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The senators’ task is made even more difficult because the House investigation is so incomplete that House impeachment managers believe new witnesses should be called to testify in the Senate. Anyone of fair mind and reason knows this is purely for political theatre.

The underlying facts do not change. The transcript of the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was released by the White House early on in the process. The House ran a quick and dirty pell-mell investigation that did not call any witnesses who didn’t voluntarily appear – and this is only the fault of House Democrats.

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The Democrats should not expect the Senate to now conduct their investigation for them, calling witnesses to testify for the first time, such as former National Security Adviser John Bolton and Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

By not alleging any crime or other violation of law by the president, the House’s case is so weak that it should be dismissed upon the completion of the presentation by the House managers.

The law is the bedrock of our constitutional system of justice. A violation of law, especially criminal law, is certainly something for which a president could be impeached.

The 55-day hold on U.S. military assistance to Ukraine while President Trump determined whether a new administration in Ukraine was corrupt is well within the powers of the American president. This action is not an abuse of power as the first article of impeachment alleges. It is not a violation of law and certainly does not justify the president’s removal from office.

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The second article of impeachment, which accuses the president of obstruction of Congress, is ridiculous and needs to be immediately dismissed. The House subpoenas for witnesses and documents for its impeachment inquiry were not properly authorized.

House Democrats could have – and should have – gone to court to enforce their subpoenas if they believed they were properly authorized. This is the way our system is designed to work and how it works.

If Congress really wants to compel the testimony of a witness, Congress must go to court and seek an order to compel such witness to appear. Congress could also try to enforce its legal process by sending the sergeant-at-arms to arrest witnesses and put them in “Congress jail,” which is a real thing.

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All 100 senators are not treacherous and are not unpatriotic by controlling the proceedings in their chamber. The House impeachment managers’ slurs against the senators during the presentation of their case has been offensive and again demonstrates the true political purpose of the proceedings.

When you see the president’s team present their case starting Saturday, these absurdities will be obvious. We should let the American voter decide whether President Trump gets a second term. Not Congress.

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Twitter’s ‘Comfortably Smug’ unveils ‘Liberal Hack Tournament’ featuring CNN, MSNBC hosts

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One of Twitter’s most famous anonymous political personalities has debuted an NCAA-style tournament dedicated to “liberal hacks,” pitting many members of the mainstream media against each other in a highly-anticipated contest.

Twitter user Comfortably Smug, who is widely known among conservative circles for his trolling of liberal public figures, unveiled the contenders for the first annual “Smug Industries Liberal Hack Tournament.”

“It will be a March Madness style [sic] bracket where I post matchups and everyone votes in the polls,” Comfortably Smug previously announced. “In the end, there will be only one Top Liberal Hack on Twitter.”

The bracket is broken up into four categories; “Liberal Activist Hacks,” “Fake News Hacks,” “Establishment Hacks,” and “Way Too Online Hacks.”

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CNN and MSNBC personalities made up the majority of the contenders. CNN’s Don Lemon and White House correspondent Jim Acosta, top seed, are competing against MSNBC anchors Brian Williams and Joy Reid in the “Fake News” bracket while CNN anchor Jake Tapper and ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos are vying to be crowned “Liberal Activist.”

Meanwhile, MSNBC has several giants in the “Establishment Hacks” bracket, including hosts Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, and Andrea Mitchell. CNN will also put up a good fight with anchors Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo, congressional correspondent Manu Raju and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin among the entrants.

And in the “Way Too Online Hacks” bracket, CNN’s media correspondent Brian Stelter, also a top seed, is seen as a heavy favorite.

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The nation’s prominent newspapers are also represented in the bracket, with Washington Post columnists Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin joined by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. George Conway, the outspoken anti-Trump critic and husband to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, is present in the tournament as well.

Twitter users can visit Comfortably Smug’s profile and vote in each matchup. Those with the most votes will advance to the next round.

Staff for Comfortably Smug did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

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Donna Brazile predicts Michael Bloomberg ‘is going to have an impact’ on the 2020 Democratic race

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Former interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Donna Brazile urged 2020 Democrats to unite if they want a chance at defeating President Trump in November.

“It is clear to me that one of the biggest priorities we face as the caucuses and primaries are underway [is] maintaining party unity,” Brazile said Wednesday on “The Story.” “We need that. We need to be focused. The only way to defeat Donald Trump is to be a unified party.”

Brazile’s comments come after The Hollywood Reporter published a lengthy interview with former Secretary of State and two-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which revealed disparaging comments made by her toward Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a forthcoming docuseries.

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Both during the interview about the documentary and in the documentary itself, Clinton said that “Nobody likes him [Sanders]” and “nobody wants to work with him.”

Brazile, a Fox News contributor, said she was surprised by Clinton’s comments but encouraged 2020 Democratic candidates to remain focussed and invest their efforts in “Americans with different backgrounds.”

“I believe that all of the candidates need to do a better job with reaching out to ordinary, extraordinary Americans with every different background,” she said.

Two new national surveys released Wednesday point to the Democratic race turning into a two-candidate battle between Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. Meanwhile

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One of the surveys, published by Monmouth University, showed former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg in fourth place, behind Biden, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a rise that Brazile attributed to Bloomberg’s multi-million dollar campaign, which has helped “Democrats expand their universe.”

“Two weeks ago, I could tell you that no one mentioned his name,” she said. “Today his name comes up in every other sentence. He is spending a lot of money. We have seen all of his ads. More importantly, he has gone on the ground. He is speaking to black voters. Michael Bloomberg is going to have an impact on this race. How much? We don’t know.”

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“One thing for certain, he has been spending a lot of money, not only to build his own name, but Democrats… especially Democrats who are coming under attack from the Republicans,” she added. “He is spending money to help the Democrats expand their universe.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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