Ad spending nears $900 million, Biden lands key endorsement as Democrats campaign in South Carolina

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John Legend campaigned for presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren at an event in South Carolina where he contrasted the senator with President Trump, ‘Wouldn't it be so refreshing to have a woman of Senator Warren's brilliance replacing him?’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the endorsement of an influentia...

Simon Lewis 6 Min Read CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the endorsement of an influential black congressman from South Carolina on Wednesday, which could prove pivotal as he competes with national front-runner Bernie Sanders for the support of the state’s African-American voters in Saturday’s primary. Recent opinion polls show Biden, once the leading candidate in the race to be the party’s candidate in November, losing ground nationally with black voters to the surging senator from Vermont. U.S. Representative James Clyburn’s endorsement carries weight in a state where African Americans make up about 60% of the Democratic electorate and where Biden is counting on a good showing after a fourth-place finish in Iowa, fifth place in New Hampshire and second in Nevada. Sanders, a democratic socialist, has taken command of the Democratic race after his resounding win in Nevada last week. Three days after South Carolina’s primary, voters in 14 states will go to the polls for the crucial Super Tuesday contests. At an event in North Charleston on Wednesday, Sanders touted his momentum and went after Biden by name, saying he would not be able to generate the turnout needed to defeat Republican President Donald Trump on Nov. 3. “We have come a long, long way,” Sanders said of his position in the top two of the state’s most recent opinion polls, along with Biden. Clyburn, the highest-ranking lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives, endorsed Biden at a news conference, saying he could “think of no one with the type of integrity, no one more committed to the fundamental principles to make this country what it is than my good friend.” Biden responded: “I’m here, heart and soul, with everything I’ve got to earn the support of the people of South Carolina. Nothing is expected or guaranteed.” Most of the Democratic candidates started Wednesday with speeches at a breakfast in South Carolina hosted by the National Action Network, founded by civil rights leader Al Sharpton. The event focused on mobilizing black churches to get out the vote. Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden makes his way to the microphone at the start of a campaign event in Georgetown, South Carolina, U.S., February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz UNPRECEDENTED AD SPENDING The South Carolina and upcoming Super Tuesday elections come amid unprecedented spending on advertising by candidates and their supporters. Led by the two billionaires in the race - progressive activist Tom Steyer and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg - campaigns and political action committees (PACs) backing them have spent nearly $900 million on TV and digital ads since January 2019, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks campaign spending at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Bloomberg has spent the most, dropping $377 million on 444,000 ads since entering the race just three months ago, while Steyer has spent $145 million. Those amounts dwarf the $62 million spent by this time in the campaign by a super PAC supporting Republican Jeb Bush in 2016, then the highest amount spent up to this point in a presidential nominating race. So far this cycle, Sanders has spent about $20 million and Biden $4.7 million, the university said. Trump has spent about $17 million on ads so far. Biden’s campaign announced on Wednesday that it was making a six-figure broadcast and digital ad buy in Super Tuesday states including Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, where the Democratic electorates also have a high percentage of black voters. Cash-strapped Biden is also counting on a wave of free media should he win South Carolina. SHOTS AT SANDERS The candidates acknowledged the sharp jabs they threw at each other hours earlier - in Tuesday’s debate they repeatedly attacked Sanders as a risky choice to lead the party in November - but pledged to eventually unify behind one candidate. Pete Buttigieg, the moderate former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, criticized Sanders during the debate for the changing estimates on the costs of his proposals such as government-run healthcare. “I can tell you exactly how it all adds up. It adds up to four more years of Donald Trump,” Buttigieg said. Sharpton, in introducing Sanders at the breakfast, urged the crowd not to get caught up in the “socialist” branding, noting that the tag has been used in the past to discredit leaders of movements. Slideshow (7 Images) “Socialism, capitalism, it all has not worked out for black folks,” Sharpton said. “If socialism is on your mind, read about what they said about Martin Luther King Jr. and others.” Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has also sought to differentiate herself from Sanders, a friend and progressive ally. She campaigned at the historically black South Carolina State University in Orangeburg on Wednesday, hoping that strong back-to-back debate performances would give her a boost after disappointing finishes in the first three states. “I’m the woman who’s going to beat Donald Trump,” she said, before listing policies to combat combating racial inequities such as voter disenfranchisement, as well as funding historically black colleges and ending the criminalization of marijuana. Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw, Simon Lewis, Joseph Ax and Trevor Hunnicutt in South Carolina; Additional reporting by Jim Oliphant in Washington and Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California; Writing by Amanda Becker, Sharon Bernstein and John Whitesides; Editing by Scott Malone, Sonya Hepinstall and Jonathan Oatis Our Standards: Read more: Reuters Top News

Brilliance? Does he know she pretended to be an ethnic minority for decades, using her fake ethnicity to get jobs she otherwise would not have? Sound more like a comedy roast But her brilliance has been regressed over the years to only 1/1024 now compared with that when she started, i.e., she is not the woman she used to be.

Lame! She’s running in a Primary. She needs to figure out how to win that first. Nice policy reason to vote for her. Warren actually has good policies, but instead she often opts for the identity crap. johnlegend That’s a hard pass for me. And here’s why: Yeah if she lays off of Pence and stop protecting Bernie Sanders. I think she’s running for Bernie’s V.P. Slot - the DNC needs to look into this..

Hahaha. Damn John she is a flip-flopper. this is proof you can get rich and be a complete idiot. If she is brilliant than Einstein was a complete dope.

Joe Biden Delivers Befuddling Campaign Speech Saying He’s Running for Senate Against the “Other Biden”Joe Biden delivered a baffling campaign speech in South Carolina yesterday, where he said he was 'running for U.S. Senate' and that if voters didn't agree with his platform, they could vote for the 'other Biden': Drop. Out. Now.

🤭🤢🤮 🙄 Lol. Notice when he endorsed her she tanked 😂😂😂 As a resident of 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 No! No thanks, John NICE SPEECH BRUH Brilliance? He just had to be kidding chrissyteigen Chrissy - can we get some PeteButtigieg love?!

Rep. Clyburn endorses Biden: 'South Carolina should be voting for Joe Biden'Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., announces his endorsement for 2020 candidate Joe Biden ahead of the South Carolina primary. AuntLulie I respect Clyburn, but this is a bad choice. Morning_Joe In S.C.: Joe said he’s running for Senate (President!); that guns killed 150,000,000 Americans since 2007 (insanely wrong) & yelled at Klobuchar that he, not she, wrote HER boyfriend loophole bill! But morningjoe sees no problem as they bash Bernie & go full 🤡 show PROJoe! Morning_Joe Joe v. Bernie the clear top two after Super Tuesday.

Biden announces 'six figure' Super Tuesday ad campaignJoe Biden’s campaign is launching advertising in Super Tuesday states — but the small ad buy leaves the former vice president significantly outmatched by most of his Democratic rivals as 14 states prepare to vote on March 3 He looks senile... He’s buying both ads So he’ll be spending less than $1M? Might as well be frugal with the cash since we have 150 million less citizens since 2007.

Obama to TV stations: Take down misleading Biden attack adThe ad is the latest in a string of Republican efforts designed to torpedo Biden.

Biden campaign slams Sanders in digital ad ahead of South Carolina primaryFormer Vice President Joe Biden has released a new digital ad in South Carolina slamming Sen. Bernie Sanders, accusing his opponent of attempting to undercut President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012. I’m betting JoeBiden already forgot about the ad by now. Tulsi: Russian plant Mayor Pete: Purchased Iowa Biden: Too old/Obama was actually kind of bad Bernie: Undercut Obama Warren: Lied about Bernie Klobuchar: Actually ate a guy one time. The whole guy. These are all slanders levied by Democrats on Democrats. why has Obama not endorsed Biden yet?

Generational split among SC black voters could hurt BidenThere are signs of a generational split among black voters in South Carolina , site of this weekend's Democratic presidential primary. While many older African Americans favor Joe Biden, younger voters seem inclined to back Bernie Sanders. North indian with a south indian. Simple Because younger voters are brainwashed into believing in socialism getting free stuff

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