After Tuesday night’s South Carolina debate, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar told the Jewish News Syndicate that she wouldn’t be attending next week’s AIPAC Policy Conference because it coincides with Super Tuesday. Today, a spokesperson for Pete Buttigieg told reporter Jacob Kornbluh that the former South Bend Mayor would also be skipping the conference.
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Although former vice president Joe Biden has indicated that he will attend, he hasn’t officially announced it yet. This means that the only Democratic nominee definitely attending the conference is former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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Shortly before the debate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he was skipping the event and accused AIPAC of promoting bigotry.
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Earlier this month, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren told an activist in New Hampshire that she wasn’t attending.
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On Tuesday, activists shut down Joe Biden’s Philadelphia campaign headquarters, demanding that he also skip the conference. That action was part of a wider movement which was sparked by a coalition of progressive groups looking to pressure the Democratic nominees on the issue.
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During the debate, Bloomberg’s Twitter account attacked Sanders over his AIPAC comments. “To characterize AIPAC as a racist platform is offensive, divisive, and dangerous to Israel – America’s most important ally in the Middle East – and to Jews,” the tweet read, “How can Bernie profess he’s the path to unity when he’s already managed to polarize a people and a party?”
To characterize AIPAC as a racist platform is offensive, divisive, and dangerous to Israel – America’s most important ally in the Middle East – and to Jews.
How can Bernie profess he's the path to unity when he's already managed to polarize a people and a party?#DemDebate
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 26, 2020
It’s unclear at this time whether Klobuchar and Buttigieg will have no involvement in the conference at all, or whether they will send remarks to the event via video.