WASHINGTON — The Latest on presidential campaign developments (all times local):
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he isn’t worried about billionaire Tom Steyer cutting into his strength among African Americans in South Carolina’s primary this coming Saturday.
Biden was in North Charleston on Sunday, and was asked what he thinks Steyer could muster in the primary. Biden’s response: “I think the same amount he took in Nevada. Nothing.”
Steyer finished well back in the pack in Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, with Biden second to Bernie Sanders.
Steyer has spent heavily on ads in South Carolina and polls suggest he’s cut into Biden’s advantages among black voters in the state. Biden seemed worried enough to criticize Steyer for making some of his personal fortune by investing in private prisons.
Also Sunday, Biden says he’s not banking on the endorsement of an influential South Carolina congressman before the primary.
Biden says that when it comes to James Clyburn, “I’m not counting on anything.” Biden did say Clyburn’s blessing “will be a big deal.”
Clyburn said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that he will endorse on Wednesday — after Tuesday night’s debate in Charleston.
Clyburn is close to Biden but the congressman said Sunday that he’s heard from Democrats who have been disappointed in Biden’s debate performances.
Elizabeth Warren is promising to legalize marijuana, throw out past marijuana convictions and support other countries that want to legalize.
The Massachusetts senator’s plan released Sunday would also fund marijuana research and end prohibitions on Department of Veterans Affairs doctors from prescribing medical marijuana. It would also reverse Trump administration federal guidance on immigrants working in the marijuana industry, even in states where it is legal, from being barred from seeking U.S. citizenship.
Warren promised to work with Congress to get most of her ideas passed into law, but