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Biden to Trump: Give Vindman, not Rush Limbaugh, a medal

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2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden took a shot at President Trump during the Democratic debate in New Hampshire Friday night and said he should have awarded the Medal of Freedom to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman instead of nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Biden’s comments came just hours after Vindman was fired by the National Security Council and escorted off the White House grounds.

“Colonel Vindman got thrown out of the White House today, walked out,” Biden said. “[Trump] should have been pinning a medal on Vindman and not on Rush Limbaugh.”

Trump bestowed the honor upon Limbaugh during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night while highlighting the radio legend’s struggle with advanced stage 4 lung cancer.

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Biden then told the crowd to stand and applaud Vindman for coming forward and raising concerns about the president’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“I think we should all stand and give Colonel Vidnman a show of how much we have supported him,” he added. “Stand up and clap for Vindman! Get up there. That’s who we are. We are not what Trump is.”

Vindman was on detail to the National Security Council from the Department of Defense, where he is expected to return following his dismissal.

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The firing comes just two days after Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

Fox News’ John Roberts and Brooke Signman contributed to this report 

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Biden adviser: ‘Joe Biden is battle-tested,’ voters need to ‘get real’ and know Trump will be hard to beat

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Former Vice President Joe Biden‘s senior campaign adviser Symone Sanders told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate is ready to let everyone know during the New Hampshire debate that he is “battle tested” and the most capable Democrat to beat President Trump after a lackluster performance in the Iowa caucuses.

“We took some lumps in Iowa, yes. But this is not the first time Vice President Biden has had to fight. It’s not the first time he’s been knocked down,” Sanders said Friday. “I mean, he’s used to fighting for the things that he wants. So tonight on the debate stage, you can expect Vice President Biden to draw a contrast between himself and the other candidates on the stage when it comes to health care, when it comes to experience, when it comes to who’s ready to lead on day one.”

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Sanders said it’s time for voters to “get real” about the current Democratic field in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address, calling the president “hard to beat.”

“We think voters need to get real about this election. If anybody watched the State of the Union the other night, there are two things that came out of that,” Sanders warned. “One, Donald Trump is going to be really hard to beat, actually. But also, number two, we’ve got to beat Donald Trump.”

“So we can’t take a risk in this election by nominating folks who are not battle-tested,” Sanders added, clearly jabbing former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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Sanders said Biden will be pushing that message Friday during the ABC News Democratic debate pointing out to MacCallum that “Joe Biden is here to stay.”

“You saw him [Wednesday] morning, very fiery and forceful, talking about the need to fight, talking about the contrast between himself and the other candidates,” Sanders said. “But you also saw him that evening at a town hall for another network where you saw the empathy for Joe Biden that connects with people.”

Westlake Legal Group MacCallumSanders Biden adviser: 'Joe Biden is battle-tested,' voters need to 'get real' and know Trump will be hard to beat Victor Garcia fox-news/shows/the-story fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/person/joe-biden fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc article 04a42da3-41e9-59ac-81e6-36d44805fe3f   Westlake Legal Group MacCallumSanders Biden adviser: 'Joe Biden is battle-tested,' voters need to 'get real' and know Trump will be hard to beat Victor Garcia fox-news/shows/the-story fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/person/joe-biden fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc article 04a42da3-41e9-59ac-81e6-36d44805fe3f

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Klobuchar Whacks Buttigieg: We Already Have ‘A Newcomer In The White House’

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MANCHESTER, N.H. ― Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) unloaded on her fellow 2020 Democratic presidential rival Pete Buttigieg on Friday, calling into question his electability by suggesting he was too inexperienced to take on President Donald Trump.

At the eighth Democratic presidential primary debate here on Friday, Klobuchar gave a shoutout to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his vote to convict Trump for abuse of power in the Senate impeachment trial and then criticized Buttigieg for comments he made last week about the proceedings.

“I don’t know about you, but watching the news right now, watching the impeachment coverage, watching the Senate is exhausting,” Buttigieg had said at a campaign stop in Iowa. “I live and breathe politics and I find it exhausting, it’s just, it gets you down, and makes you want to watch cartoons instead.”

Klobuchar, who was present in Washington for the more than two-week impeachment trial, lambasted that sentiment. 

“You said it was exhausting to watch and that you wanted to turn the channel and watch cartoons,” Klobuchar said, telling Buttigieg that the remark may have made him look “like a cool newcomer” but that it wasn’t appropriate.

“I don’t think that’s what people want right now. We have a newcomer in the White House and look what that got us,” she said.

Buttigieg acknowledged his lack of experience in government but argued that he had more to offer than those who work in the “big white buildings in Washington, D.C.,” citing his military service overseas. “We need a perspective right now that will finally allow us to leave the politics of the past in the past, turn the page, and bring change to Washington before it’s too late,” he said.

Buttigieg arguably had one of the biggest targets on his back on Friday. The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, finished in a near-tie in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, and several polls have shown him surging in New Hampshire ahead of the state’s primary Tuesday night. 

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Biden adviser: ‘Joe Biden is battle-tested,’ voters need to ‘get real’ and know Trump will be hard to beat

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Former Vice President Joe Biden‘s senior campaign adviser Symone Sanders told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate is ready to let everyone know during the New Hampshire debate that he is “battle tested” and the most capable Democrat to beat President Trump after a lackluster performance in the Iowa caucuses.

“We took some lumps in Iowa, yes. But this is not the first time Vice President Biden has had to fight. It’s not the first time he’s been knocked down,” Sanders said Friday. “I mean, he’s used to fighting for the things that he wants. So tonight on the debate stage, you can expect Vice President Biden to draw a contrast between himself and the other candidates on the stage when it comes to health care, when it comes to experience, when it comes to who’s ready to lead on day one.”

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Sanders said it’s time for voters to “get real” about the current Democratic field in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address, calling the president “hard to beat.”

“We think voters need to get real about this election. If anybody watched the State of the Union the other night, there are two things that came out of that,” Sanders warned. “One, Donald Trump is going to be really hard to beat, actually. But also, number two, we’ve got to beat Donald Trump.”

“So we can’t take a risk in this election by nominating folks who are not battle-tested,” Sanders added, clearly jabbing former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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Sanders said Biden will be pushing that message Friday during the ABC News Democratic debate pointing out to MacCallum that “Joe Biden is here to stay.”

“You saw him [Wednesday] morning, very fiery and forceful, talking about the need to fight, talking about the contrast between himself and the other candidates,” Sanders said. “But you also saw him that evening at a town hall for another network where you saw the empathy for Joe Biden that connects with people.”

Westlake Legal Group MacCallumSanders Biden adviser: 'Joe Biden is battle-tested,' voters need to 'get real' and know Trump will be hard to beat Victor Garcia fox-news/shows/the-story fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/person/joe-biden fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc article 04a42da3-41e9-59ac-81e6-36d44805fe3f   Westlake Legal Group MacCallumSanders Biden adviser: 'Joe Biden is battle-tested,' voters need to 'get real' and know Trump will be hard to beat Victor Garcia fox-news/shows/the-story fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/person/joe-biden fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc article 04a42da3-41e9-59ac-81e6-36d44805fe3f

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Klobuchar Whacks Mayor Pete: We Already Have ‘A Newcomer In The White House’

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MANCHESTER, N.H. ― Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) unloaded on her fellow 2020 Democratic presidential rival Pete Buttigieg on Friday, calling into question his electability by suggesting he was too inexperienced to take on President Donald Trump.

At the eighth Democratic presidential primary debate here on Friday, Klobuchar gave a shoutout to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his vote to convict Trump for abuse of power in the Senate impeachment trial and then criticized Buttigieg for comments he made last week about the proceedings.

“I don’t know about you, but watching the news right now, watching the impeachment coverage, watching the Senate is exhausting,” Buttigieg had said at a campaign stop in Iowa. “I live and breathe politics and I find it exhausting, it’s just, it gets you down, and makes you want to watch cartoons instead.”

Klobuchar, who was present in Washington for the more than two-week impeachment trial, lambasted that sentiment. 

“You said it was exhausting to watch and that you wanted to turn the channel and watch cartoons,” Klobuchar said, telling Buttigieg that the remark may have made him look “like a cool newcomer” but that it wasn’t appropriate.

“I don’t think that’s what people want right now. We have a newcomer in the White House and look what that got us,” she said.

Buttigieg acknowledged his lack of experience in government but argued that he had more to offer than those who work in the “big white buildings in Washington, D.C.,” citing his military service overseas. “We need a perspective right now that will finally allow us to leave the politics of the past in the past, turn the page, and bring change to Washington before it’s too late,” he said.

Buttigieg arguably had one of the biggest targets on his back on Friday. The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, finished in a near-tie in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, and several polls have shown him surging in New Hampshire ahead of the state’s primary Tuesday night. 

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Klobuchar Whacks Buttigieg: We Already Have ‘A Newcomer In The White House’

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MANCHESTER, N.H. ― Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) unloaded on her fellow 2020 Democratic presidential rival Pete Buttigieg on Friday, calling into question his electability by suggesting he was too inexperienced to take on President Donald Trump.

At the eighth Democratic presidential primary debate here on Friday, Klobuchar gave a shoutout to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his vote to convict Trump for abuse of power in the Senate impeachment trial and then criticized Buttigieg for comments he made last week about the proceedings.

“I don’t know about you, but watching the news right now, watching the impeachment coverage, watching the Senate is exhausting,” Buttigieg had said at a campaign stop in Iowa. “I live and breathe politics and I find it exhausting, it’s just, it gets you down, and makes you want to watch cartoons instead.”

Klobuchar, who was present in Washington for the more than two-week impeachment trial, lambasted that sentiment. 

“You said it was exhausting to watch and that you wanted to turn the channel and watch cartoons,” Klobuchar said, telling Buttigieg that the remark may have made him look “like a cool newcomer” but that it wasn’t appropriate.

“I don’t think that’s what people want right now. We have a newcomer in the White House and look what that got us,” she said.

Buttigieg acknowledged his lack of experience in government but argued that he had more to offer than those who work in the “big white buildings in Washington, D.C.,” citing his military service overseas. “We need a perspective right now that will finally allow us to leave the politics of the past in the past, turn the page, and bring change to Washington before it’s too late,” he said.

Buttigieg arguably had one of the biggest targets on his back on Friday. The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, finished in a near-tie in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, and several polls have shown him surging in New Hampshire ahead of the state’s primary Tuesday night. 

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Coronavirus deaths in China grow to 772, more than 34,500 cases reported

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China increased its death toll from the coronavirus Friday to 722, while new cases jumped to 34,546, according to reports.

Chinese officials are still trying to stem the flow of infections in the mainland as the virus continues to spread globally. The country’s ruling Communist Party is also dealing with public anger over the death of a doctor who was detained and threatened by authorities for spreading early warnings of the illness in December.

Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, an ophthalmologist, contracted the virus while treating patients at a hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak that has since been sealed off,

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Authorities said it will “fully investigate relevant issues raised by the public” in response to his death.

China has also sealed off as have 17 other cities in an effort to prevent infections. Other countries are also taking extra measures.

Cruise passengers in Japan are being quarantined amid reports of 61 cases. Japanese officials also turned another ship away, the Holland America’s Westerdam. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he suspected some passengers on the vessel had been infected.

In a phone with President Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the U.S. to  “respond reasonably” to the outbreak. He echoed concerns from Chinese officials that some countries are overreacting to the outbreak by placing restrictions on Chinese travelers.

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As of Friday, 72 countries have implemented travel restrictions, according to the World Health Organization.

All but two deaths from the coronavirus have occurred in mainland China. The others were in Hong Kong and the Philippines. China’s National Health Commission said about 4,800 of those being treated, or nearly 17 percent, are in serious condition.

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American officials said Friday it was prepared to spend up to $100 million to assist China and other nations fight the outbreak. The offer remains on the table, said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

More than 800 Americans were evacuated from Wuhan this week. All evacuees will spend 14 days under quarantine on military bases before being released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Democratic Debate Live: Candidates Face Off in New Hampshire

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Despite some of his earlier back and forth with Mr. Biden, Mr. Buttigieg tried a disarming tactic by proactively defending Mr. Biden and his son from some of the accusations made by President Trump and the Republicans.

“This is not about Hunter Biden or Vice President Biden or any Biden. This is about an abuse of power by the president. Look, the vice president and I and all of us are competing but we’ve got draw a line here,” Mr. Buttigieg said.

Of Mr. Trump, he added, “to be the kind of human being who would seek to turn someone against his own son, who would seek to weaponize a son against his own father, is an unbelievably dishonorable thing.”

Mr. Biden was appreciative but added, “whoever the nominee is, the president is going to make up lies about.”

Then Mr. Biden engineered a moment of his own.

He turned to the firing on Friday of Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a decorated war veteran on the National Security Council staff, who had testified in the impeachment inquiry.

“I think we should all stand now and give Col. Vindman a show of support,” Mr. Biden said.

The crowd stood and roared in approval.

Mr. Yang threw cold water on Ms. Warren’s campaign promise to launch an independent investigation into Trump administration officials if she is elected. Mr. Yang said it would turn the United States into a third-world banana republic.

“If you look around the world, the countries that have thrown past presidents into jail have mostly been developing countries and that’s a pattern once you establish is very hard to break,” Mr. Yang said.

“What a more American tradition? We move the country forward, don’t focus on the mistake of leaders leaving the office,” he continued. “Most Americans don’t care about what a particular individual did so much as they care about their families, their communities’ well-being.”

Ms. Klobuchar, who has harbored resentment against Mr. Buttigieg for months, threw haymakers at him for his campaign statements that it was “exhausting” watching the Senate’s impeachment trial.

“It is easy to go after Washington, because that’s a popular thing to do,” she said. “It is much harder to lead and much harder to take those difficult positions because I think going after every single thing that people do because it’s popular to say and makes you look like a cool newcomer, I don’t think that’s what people want right now.”

Ms. Klobuchar’s “cool newcomer” jab at Mr. Buttigieg came seconds after she mocked his age.

“I’m a fresh face up here for a presidential debate, and I figure Pete that 59, my age is the new 38 here,” she said.

Mr. Biden, 77, jumped in.

“Seventy is the new 50,” he said.

“O.K., there you go,” Ms. Klobuchar said.

Mr. Buttigieg responded without returning fire at Ms. Klobuchar.

“The American people from outside of Washington, we feel a sense of exhaustion watching the division,” he said. “The reason I raise that sense of exhaustion is I see it. I see that temptation to walk away from it all.”

Now that the elections have begun, the debates are intensifying.

The opening minutes of the Friday night debate in New Hampshire was the most frenetic and attack-filled of any clash so far. Mr. Biden questioned the two co-winners in Iowa, hitting Mr. Sanders as a potential down-ballot drag and Mr. Buttigieg as inexperienced.

Mr. Buttigieg swiped at his opponents as Washington insiders. Ms. Klobuchar said the Sanders brand of democratic socialism could hurt the Democratic Party. And Mr. Sanders hit Mr. Buttigieg as the favored candidate of the billionaire class.

It was a galloping first half-hour, as the moderators receded to the background and the candidates directly engaged with one another, though Ms. Warren was notably absent from the disagreements, instead delivering her familiar message about the ills of corruption.

Mr. Yang, for his part, seemed just happy to be there.

“It’s great to be back on the debate stage,” he said to laughs.

Mr. Biden has come out more aggressive than at the seven earlier debates. He attacked Mr. Sanders and Mr. Buttigieg in his opening remarks and has kept at it since then.

“Imagine you’re going unite the country, walking into Congress and saying, ‘I got this bill. It’s going provide health care for everybody. I don’t know how much it’s going cost. We’ll figure it out later,’” Mr. Biden said, mocking Mr. Sanders’s signature “Medicare for all” proposal. “Who do you think is going get that passed?”

The former vice president went after Mr. Buttigieg too, saying he lacks sufficient experience winning elections to be trusted in a general election against President Trump and reminding viewers that the former South Bend mayor hasn’t shown much appeal to black and Latino voters.

It all suggests Mr. Biden, who placed fourth in Iowa’s caucuses and is sitting at third place in New Hampshire polls, is at a level of desperation in his campaign. Without taking a bite out of Mr. Buttigieg and Mr. Sanders in tonight’s debate, he realizes that the two New Hampshire polling front-runners may get too far ahead for him to catch up.

Ms. Klobuchar: “But what you said Pete as you were campaigning through Iowa as three of us were jurors in the impeachment hearing you said it was exhausting to watch and that you wanted to turn the channel and watch cartoons.”

This is misleading. Ms. Klobuchar was likely referring to remarks made by Mr. Buttigieg recently on the campaign trail. But he was criticizing Senate Republicans and urging voters to not “give in” to that sense of exhaustion.

“It can be exhausting,” he said of the impeachment trial at one January event in Iowa. “A process in Washington where the Senate GOP is telling us this is going to be a foregone conclusion. It’s almost designed, I think, to make us feel so beaten down that you want to just pick up the remote and change to cartoons because it’s punching you in the face all the time.”

“But if we give in to that, of course, that’s how cynicism wins,” he continued. “And the great thing about being alive and being eligible to vote in the year 2020 is that this is our opportunity to send a different message.”

Mr. Biden took his most direct shot yet at the Sanders “Medicare for all” proposal. He said that while Mr. Sanders touted that he “wrote the damn bill,” he was not willing to say “what the damn thing is going to cost.”

“How much is it going to cost? Who is going to pay for it?” Mr. Biden pressed.

Mr. Biden went on to say it wasn’t possible to pass the Sanders plan.

“I busted my neck getting Obamacare passed,” Mr. Biden added.

Mr. Buttigieg said that the Sanders theory of winning the general election won’t work because it will alienate people who don’t agree with his democratic socialist proposals.

“When our opponent is saying if you don’t go all the way to the edge it doesn’t count, politics that say it’s my way or the highway,” Mr. Buttigieg said.

Mr. Stephanopoulos cut in: “Are you talking about Senator Sanders?”

Mr. Buttigieg replied: “Yes.”

Mr. Sanders disagreed that he was as strident as Mr. Buttigieg portrayed him, and pivoted to selling himself as the candidate of the working class.

Mr. Sanders said he could bring people together by “presenting an agenda that works for the working people of this country, not the billionaire class.”

Mr. Sanders added that, “The way you bring people together is by ending the international disgrace of this country being the only major nation on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people as a human right.”

Mr. Yang, who missed the January debate, said the debate over capitalism and socialism was broken and the wrong one.

And he said he was happy to return to the national spotlight.

“I’m so excited I want to give every American $1,000 a month,” he said, pitching his signature proposal for a universal basic income.

In response to the moderator’s question, Ms. Klobuchar jumped in to say that she was concerned about the Sanders brand of democratic socialism, pitching herself as the strongest candidate for those concerned about the general election.

“Bernie and I work together all the time, but I think we are not going to be able to out divide the divider in chief, and I think we need someone to head up this ticket that actually brings people with her instead of shutting them out,” Ms. Klobuchar said. “And truthfully, Donald Trump’s worst nightmare is a candidate that will bring people in from the middle.”

Mr. Steyer said the past week has made it clear that Mr. Trump could win re-election and added to Mr. Biden’s critique of Mr. Buttigieg’s candidacy, suggesting that he can’t beat Mr. Trump because he has little support among black and Latino voters.

“Unless you can appeal to the diverse parts of the Democratic Party, including specifically the black community, including specifically Latinos, if you can’t do that, then we can’t beat Donald Trump in November,” Mr. Steyer said.

Mr. Biden opened the debate by dramatically attempting to lower expectations after his fourth place finish in Iowa.

“I took the hit in Iowa and I’ll probably take a hit here,” he predicted of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

“Usually it’s neighboring senators who do well,” he said of Mr. Sanders, noting he had won the state four years ago over Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Sanders refused to punch back at Mr. Biden, pivoting instead to Mr. Trump and promising to build “the largest voter turnout in the history of this country.”

“Donald Trump lies all the time,” Mr. Sanders said. “He’s said terrible things about Joe and me and everybody else up here.”

The seven Democrats are at their podiums, and the moderators have set up the political context of the race, saying that Mr. Sanders and Mr. Buttigieg came out of the Iowa caucuses effectively tied.

Each candidate came out to lengthy applause. Mr. Sanders and Mr. Buttigiegtook the stage to loud applause and quickly shook hands. Others smiled and waved to the audience.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — He’s spent more than $331 million on television, radio and digital ads in roughly two and a half months, an ad campaign of pure inundation. But now Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, is turning to a more niche audience with a slightly smaller budget: micro-influencers.

The Bloomberg campaign has been offering these lower-tier social media stars $150 to “Show+Tell why Mike is the candidate who can change our country for the better, state why YOU think he’s a great candidate.”

The campaign is not, however, asking these influencers to make posts on their own channel. Instead, the campaign just wants the influencers to send them their homemade content.

The micro-influencer campaign, which was first reported by The Daily Beast, is anchored on a website called Tribe, which describes itself as “the world’s fastest growing self serve marketplace connecting brands and agencies with social media influencers.” Essentially, someone looking for help from influencers can buy their services through Tribe.

The Bloomberg campaign page on Tribe reads similarly to his other campaign literature, talking up his story as a “middle class kid who worked his way through college,” as someone who “can get things done” and as candidate who focuses on his gun control and climate change efforts.

When users click “create submission,” they’re then invited to a “content only” campaign that sells the rights to content for a fixed fee “without needing to publish them to your social networks.”

It was not immediately clear what the Bloomberg campaign plans to do with the content, but Mr. Bloomberg boasts an extensive digital operation. Since Jan. 1, his campaign has spent more than $36 million on digital advertising, including $25 million on Facebook and Instagram, home to many of the influencers.

With his billionaire status providing a large bull’s-eye, Mr. Steyer, who has spent lavishly to build black support in South Carolina, could become a debate target.

One of Mr. Biden’s stalwart supporters in the state, Senator Dick Harpootlian, opened the door this week, lashing out at Mr. Steyer.

“This is what happens when billionaires get involved,” Mr. Harpootlian tweeted. “They just buy things.”

He was referring to Steyer campaign payments of more than $40,000 to Jerry Govan, head of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.

Hinting at a quid pro quo, Mr. Harpootlian alleged that Mr. Govan, who has endorsed Mr. Steyer, had switched his allegiance from Mr. Biden to the California hedge fund billionaire. Campaign records also show that Harold Mitchell, a former South Carolina state representative, is on the Steyer campaign payroll, earning $3,751 in December. In January, Mr. Mitchell, who is black, was featured in an ad endorsing Mr. Steyer. The Steyer campaign said Friday that Mr. Mitchell has been hired as a senior adviser for environmental justice.

“Harold Mitchell is an incredible environmental leader who shines a bright light on the pollution devastating far too many communities of color in South Carolina,” the Steyer campaign said in a statement issued by a spokesman, Benjamin Gerdes, who added that Mr. Steyer is proud of the support he has received from Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Govan, who serves as a senior adviser to the campaign.

Mr. Steyer had a poor showing in the Iowa primary but polls suggest he has gained popularity in South Carolina, where he has dominated television, radio and social media advertising. His campaign also went on the offensive this week in New Hampshire, criticizing his opponents in a new ad that suggests that Mr. Biden is an insider and that Mr. Buttigieg lacks experience.

A new NBC News/Marist poll of New Hampshire voters shows a close race between Mr. Sanders and Mr. Buttigieg. The poll tracks fairly closely with the results of the Iowa caucuses. It shows Mr. Sanders at 25 percent, Mr. Buttigieg at 21 percent, Ms. Warren at 14 percent, Mr. Biden at 13 percent, and Ms. Klobuchar at 8 percent.

Behind the top five were Mr. Steyer and Mr. Yang at 4 percent, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii at 3 percent, and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts at 1 percent.

Mr. Biden is shaking up his staff after a sobering fourth-place finish in Iowa. According to senior campaign officials, Anita Dunn, one of Mr. Biden’s top advisers, will effectively take control of the campaign from its current manager, Greg Schultz.

It is not unusual for presidential candidates to make leadership changes after disappointing performances in Iowa: Hillary Clinton did it in 2008, for instance. But Mr. Biden’s move underscores just how bad the caucus results were for him.

Iowa was never expected to be Mr. Biden’s best state, because some of his strongest support comes from black voters, and Iowa is overwhelmingly white. He has long viewed South Carolina, where black voters are the most powerful Democratic voting bloc, as a “firewall” for his campaign. But South Carolina doesn’t vote until Feb. 29, and weak performances in New Hampshire or Nevada could prevent him from making it that far.

An internal campaign email played down the change, saying that Mr. Biden had asked Ms. Dunn “to play an expanded role in the headquarters” and that Ms. Dunn would work on “campaign strategy and overall coordination on budget and personnel as we build a bigger campaign for the next phase.” But two campaign officials told The Times that she would actually have final authority over decisions.

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Mr. Sanders is up double digits over Mr. Biden. Or he and Mr. Biden are effectively tied. Or something in between is afoot.

Taken together, the publicly available New Hampshire surveys — a scarce commodity for much of the race — paint a picture of a fluid and uncertain campaign in the state. But several trends are evident.

Mr. Sanders, of neighboring Vermont, has consistently held a lead, though the margins have varied. In recent polls there have been signs of growing traction for Mr. Buttigieg. Ms. Warren has struggled in 2020 New Hampshire polls, and with the occasional exception in recent weeks, Mr. Biden has too.

At Friday night’s debate, can Mr. Buttigieg and Mr. Sanders build on Iowa momentum to cement their strength in New Hampshire? Can Ms. Warren and Mr. Biden reset the narrative after their disappointing showings in Iowa — and in recent New Hampshire polling? Will anyone else jump decisively into the top polling tier in the homestretch?

Katie Glueck, Astead W. Herndon, Stephanie Saul, Maggie Astor and Nick Corasaniti contributed reporting.

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Dem rivals hit Sanders’ over ‘socialist’ label, Buttigieg for minority struggles in debate

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg took incoming fire on electability issues from former Vice President Joe Biden and other rivals as the eighth Democratic primary debate kicked off Friday night, as Democrats search for a candidate capable of beating President Trump in November.

“The president wants very much to stick a label on every candidate,” Biden said in the New Hampshire debate of how Trump would treat the eventual Democratic nominee. “Bernie’s labeled himself, not me, a democratic socialist. I think that the label the president’s going to lay on everyone running with Bernie if he’s the nominee.”

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Biden then went on to attack Buttigieg.

“Mayor Buttigieg is a great guy and a real patriot,” Biden said. “[He] has not demonstrated he has the ability to, and we’ll soon find out, to get a broad scope of support across the spectrum, including African-Americans and Latinos.”

Sanders defended himself, saying “it doesn’t matter what Donald Trump says” and pointing out that Trump will attack any Democratic candidate.

Buttigieg responded by saying, “I’m not interested in the labels. … I’m interested in the style of politics we need to put forward to actually, finally, turn the page,” on the Trump administration.

Co-hosted by ABC, WMUR-TV and Apple News, the debate brought seven of the Democratic contenders to Saint Anslem College in Manchester, N.H., ahead of that state’s first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday. The debate comes as neither news organizations nor the Iowa Democratic Party have been able to call a winner in Monday’s Iowa caucuses while Buttigieg and Sanders, I-Vt., are both claiming victory in the state.

At the moment, Buttigieg has a narrow lead in “state delegate equivalents,” or SDEs, which are what helps decide how many delegates candidates get to bring to the Democratic National Convention later this year. Sanders, on the other hand, leads in the popular vote from both the “first alignment” and the “second alignment” phases of the caucuses. Those numbers could change, however, as the IDP has noted many irregularities in its vote count and it is highly likely candidates will call for reexaminations of the numbers. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez already has.

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The other candidates at the New Hampshire debate are Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., billionaire liberal booster Tom Steyer and businessman Andrew Yang.

Biden is coming off what appears to be a fourth-place performance in Iowa that he characterized as a “gut punch” while the Klobuchar campaign is looking for a momentum boost that didn’t come in the Hawkeye State as it currently sits significantly behind Biden in fifth-place.

Warren is comfortably in third place in Iowa and will try to make a case to her neighboring New Hampshire that she, and not Sanders — who currently leads in most Granite State polls — is the best New Englander to take on President Trump in November.

The Steyer and Yang campaigns are essentially throwing Hail Marys in New Hampshire after dismal finishes in Iowa. They’ll battle for votes with other flagging campaigns that did not qualify for the New Hampshire debate.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was a late entrant into the race and didn’t register in the Iowa caucuses. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has staked her entire campaign on New Hampshire, spending more time there than any other candidate. Sen. Mike Bennet, D-Colo., was on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” from New Hampshire in the lead-up to the Friday debate, looking to get national television exposure for his campaign which has struggled to gain any traction.

Not even bothering with New Hampshire is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is avoiding early states and using his billions to fill the airwaves in Super Tuesday states.

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President Donald Trump Fires Impeachment Witnesses

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EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, a stand-out witness in the impeachment trial of President Trump, was fired on Friday, hours after LTC Alexander Vindman, a key national security official who testified that Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “improper,” was “escorted” from the White House. President Trump also fired Vindman’s brother, LTC Yevgeny Vindman, from his position on the National Security Council.

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