Fox Nation 'Invest in Popcorn': Webb on Mike Gravel Joining 2020 Dem Field, 'With a Twist'
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David Webb said on Fox Nation's "Reality Check" that the 2020 Democratic presidential field is sure to be an entertaining one with the new, potentially temporary addition of former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel.
Gravel, 88, served in the U.S. Senate from 1969-1981. Webb said his candidacy was spurred on by a group of teenagers from New York.
According to the Washington Post, the effort to draft Gravel started with support from a 17-year-old from Ardsley, who himself previously ran for mayor of the New York City suburb.
Webb said Gravel intends to remain in the race and attempt to garner the 65,000 donations required to make it onto the debate stage.
It. Is. On.
Sen. Mike Gravel has officially filed to run for president. Our only aim is pushing the field left by appearing in the Democratic debates.
Donate as little as you like, but help us get to the necessary 65k donors! Official launch is April 8.https://t.co/eDC2ykdaL3
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April 2, 2019
From there, Webb said the "twist" is that Gravel wants to use his candidacy to "drive the [Democratic] field further left" and eventually drop out of the race.
A campaign spokesperson told Fox News: "I'd like to add that our goal is 65,000 donors to qualify the senator for the debate; the senator is planning to drop out after that and endorse the most progressive candidate. Oh, and none of the senior staffers (like myself) are getting paid. Money will go toward basic campaign expenses, and all leftover funds will be donated to get Flint [Michigan] clean water."
"For my part, I say 'let him'," Webb remarked. "You should invest in popcorn and get ready for what is about to come in the 2020 Democratic field."
The first step in smashing American imperialism is radical honesty with ourselves. We don't "intervene" - we invade. That's not "collateral damage" - those are the corpses of parents and children. Ours is not a Department of Defense - it's a Department of War.
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April 1, 2019
Gravel previously ran for president in 2008 as a Democrat, concentrating on his support for anti-interventionist policies.
In regard to the 2020 race, Gravel is already taking on some of his potential debate opponent, labeling former Rep. Robert "Beto" O'Rourke (D-Texas) as someone who will "pierce new frontiers in meaninglessness."
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