Delaney posts best online fundraising day of campaign after primary debate

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE’s presidential campaign had its best online fundraising day of the 2020 cycle after Tuesday’s primary debate in which the Maryland Democrat vocally rebuked other candidates’ progressive policies. 

The campaign announced Wednesday it also saw a 20-fold increase in donor rate during the 24 hour period surrounding the debate and that Delaney got a 10 percent boost in his number of personal Twitter followers.

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“John put the pedal to the metal last night in the Motor City and the engine was revving online,” said campaign manager John Davis. “As John said, this primary is about a choice between extreme policies that aren’t popular and real solutions that can also get done.” 

The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for clarification from The Hill regarding the amount that was raised.

Delaney was on the front lines of Tuesday night’s battle between a slate of centrist candidates and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who have proposed a slew of progressive plans that Delaney said would alienate independents and reelect President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE. 

“So, I think Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises, when we run on things that are workable, not fairytale economics,” he said.

“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Warren fired back in one of the debate’s most memorable exchanges. 

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Delaney particularly doubled down on Sanders and Warren’s “Medicare for All” plans that would eliminate private insurance, saying it was “bad policy” and would make the Democratic Party “the party of subtraction.” 

“You’re wrong,” Sanders shot back. 

The fundraising boost is welcome news for Delaney, who was seeking a breakout moment in Tuesday’s debate and has thus far lagged behind several other White House contenders in polling and fundraising. He has yet to qualify for the debates in September.

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