The start of 2019 in the United States finds the government in a partial shutdown, prompted by the dispute between President Donald Trump and Congress over funding the border wall with Mexico.
When Congress returns Thursday from its holiday break, Democrats are expected to vote on a bill that will reopen most of the government without providing funding for the wall of “steel slats.’
It’s a plan the president already has rejected.
Amid this stand-off on Washington, D.C., Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) continues to persist, entering the presidential race on Monday with the creation of an exploratory committee, plans to travel to Iowa and speaking with reporters outside her home. That’s a decisive move for this high-profile Democrat who has set her sights on the Oval Office.
“Nevertheless, she persisted,’ coined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Sen. Warren’s lengthy speech in 2017 criticizing then-attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, became a battle cry for the feminist and Me, Too movement.
Warren’s early competition is Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, who also has formed a 2020 exploratory committee, and Congressman John Delaney (D-Maryland) who already is running. Other Democrats appearing be lining up to run but have yet to formally declare are former Vice President Joe Biden; Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who failed in his bid to become a senator against Ted Cruz; and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), the runner-up for the 2016 Democratic primary.
At last count, there were at least 30 potential Democratic candidates for 2020, many who are listed in several wagers on sportsbooks.
“If we organize together, if we fight together, if we persist together, we can win. We can and we will,” Warren, 69, said in a four-minute video posted Monday making her intentions known.
“In our country, if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be able to take care of yourself and the people you love. That’s a fundamental promise of America, a promise that should be true for everyone,” she continued.
Warren has been a constant thorn to the president and promoter of progressive policies, including health care, touting “Medicare for all,’ income inequality, and the economy.
President Trump, who gave Warren the nickname “Pocahontas’ after she claimed Native American ancestry, addressed her candidacy on Fox News on New Year’s Eve.
“We’ll see how she does. I wish her well, I hope she does well, I’d love to run against her,” the president told Fox News Monday night.
When asked if he believes the Massachusetts senator believes she can take the Oval, Trump responded, “Well, I that I don’t know. You’d have to ask her psychiatrist.’
It remains to be seen how much of an uphill battle the race for the presidency will be. Trump’s approval rating is in the low-to-mid 40s but since candidate Hillary Clinton’s loss, the Democratic Party has been a bit tattered, seemingly finding a toehold – but no true leader – in the blue wave of the midterm House wins and Senate losses.
Bettors too can declare their intent early and get in on the action now on several sportsbooks including BetOnline, Bovada, Sports Interaction, and Ladbrokes.
At BetOnline, the wager is “Odds to Win the 2020 Presidential Election’ with President Trump the favorite at +175. Warren is running sixth in odds at +2000 behind Beto O’Rourke (+800), Kamala Harris (+800), Joe Biden (+1400), and Bernie Sanders (+1600). Also on the bet list, Dwayne “The Rock’ Johnson and Oprah Winfrey, both at +5000, Hillary Clinton (+8000) and several other celebs including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Stewart, Will Smith and George Clooney at +10000.
Bovada and Sports Interaction’s overall list of presidential candidates “odds to win’ wager is similar. Bovada also offers a more specific “Democratic Candidate’ wager where Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke are the frontrunners at +450, followed by Bernie Sanders (+700), Joe Biden (+600) and Elizabeth Warren (+750). On the Republican side, President Trump has the edge with odds of -350, Vice President Mike Pence (+800) with Ben Shapiro and Paul Ryan a distant third at +2000.
Ladbrokes’ oddsmakers have Beto O’Rourke favored as the Democratic challenger at 4/1 with Elizabeth Warren at 12/1. When matched against President Trump, the incumbent is favored at 2/1 and Warren at 20/1.
All bets are reportedly showing action. Warren has been very vocal of her criticisms of President Trump but it still remains to be seen how she will play in Middle America, where her message may drop with a thud. But nevertheless, she persists and heads to Iowa.