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Rep. Doug Collins R-Ga., speaks on a news conference during the House Republican members conference in Baltimore, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
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Today on Political Rewind, As we await word on Gov. Brian Kemp’s appointment to fill Johnny Isakson’s seat in the U.S. Senate, President Trump advocates for Rep. Doug Collins. Will Kemp agree or will he go with his own choice?


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Joe Biden did not hold any public campaign events in Atlanta following Wednesday night's debate. Instead, the former vice president held a closed-door meeting with a group of black mayors from cities across the South. 

The group represents an important potential partnership that could help Biden strengthen his support among Southern leaders in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. 

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Today on Political Rewind, as Democrats set their sights on Georgia’s November presidential debate, new polling reveals a race in flux. In Iowa, nearly 1 in 3 of the state’s Democrats say they have no idea who they will support even as Pete Buttigieg gains ground against front-runners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.


Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. during a television news interview at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Lithonia) are calling for impeachment proceedings in the aftermath of President Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure the president of Ukraine to look into the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is hitting the campaign trail to stump for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Bottoms announced on Twitter she will travel to South Carolina, an important early primary state, to appear at events and fundraisers for the Biden campaign.

Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the congregation of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 15, 2019.
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On Sunday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden stood in the well of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where, 56 years ago, four members of the Ku Klux Klan detonated explosives, causing the deaths of four girls and injuring 22 others. Speaking during the Sunday school service, minutes before the 10:22 a.m. anniversary of the bombing, Biden delivered remarks addressing the hate in our country's past and the notably similar hate of today. 

During the memorial service, Biden referenced this being the 400th anniversary of the first slaves arriving in the United States, adding, “The domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before our founding: lynch mobs, arsonists, bomb makers and lone gunmen. And, as we all now realize, this violence does not live in the past.”

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More than two dozen black Georgia state legislators have endorsed Joe Biden for president ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in Houston Thursday night.

In a press release, the Biden campaign announced 59 total endorsements from black state lawmakers across the country, just hours before he was set to take the stage with nine other Democratic hopefuls.

Jill Biden campaigns on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Great Falls, S.C.
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Speaking at a private event in Atlanta on Tuesday, former second lady Jill Biden celebrated recent endorsements for her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, from prominent Atlanta politicians and shared a glimpse into her life on the campaign trail.

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From former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker to former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Buttigieg, big name Democrats are making a major play for Georgia in 2020 – and those are just the candidates who stopped through the state this week. GPB Political Rewind producer Robert Jimison covered the four presidential hopefuls' campaign events. He stopped by On Second Thought to share how they pitched themselves to Georgia voters.


When it comes to the 2020 elections, big name Democrats are making a major play for Georgia. Biden, Booker, Beto and Buttigieg – and those are just the candidates who are in the state this week. We hear how the visiting hopefuls pitched themselves to Georgia voters.


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Four presidential candidates traveled to Atlanta Thursday seeking endorsements, raising campaign cash and hoping to reach voters. 

Cory Booker says Georgia is a blue state. Pete Buttigieg claims that Stacey Abrams was robbed of an election. Joe Biden changes his stance on federal abortion funding. Beto O'Rourke proposes a plan to automatically register more voters. 


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Former Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Georgia to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams has been postponed until October. 

The Abrams campaign said Monday afternoon Biden had a scheduling conflict. 

Biden is not the only national figure making or 2020 presidential hopeful making a stop in Georgia ahead of the Nov. 6 midterms.

Thursday will mark seven years since President Obama signed the now-threatened Affordable Care Act before a crowd in the jam-packed East Room of the White House. It was the signature legislative moment of his presidency, underscored by then-Vice President Biden, who whispered into the president's ear that it was a "big f****** deal." The mic picked up the remark, which created quite a stir.

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Washington, D.C., is not a place that welcomes surprises, but this afternoon, President Obama had a big surprise for his vice president.

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President Obama awarded outgoing Vice President Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday afternoon.

Calling the former longtime Delaware senator "the best vice president America's ever had" and a "lion of American history," Obama gave his White House partner the surprise award in an emotional ceremony, initially billed as a farewell.

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Vice President Joe Biden teased Monday that he is leaving the door open to another presidential run in 2020.

"I'm going to run in 2020," Biden told a group of reporters on Capitol Hill.

"For what?" one of the reporters asked.

"For president," Biden responded, adding later, "What the hell, man."

The Associated Press described the vice president with "only a slight smile on his face" as he was leaving the small group of reporters in hallways of the U.S. Capitol.

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Now to a shocking attack here in the United States. Vice President Joe Biden was in Baton Rouge last night, speaking at a community memorial service for the three Louisiana law enforcement officers gunned down last week. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

When Joe Biden takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, there will probably be a part of him that still wonders, "What if?"

But his own White House dreams and reported rivalry with Hillary Clinton will have to be in the rearview mirror in order for him to deliver a home run endorsement, starting on stage and continuing through November.