>>Announcer: AXIOS ONE BIG THING IS SPONSORED BY BP. THING IS SPONSORED BY BP.>>>ALL RIGHT.>>>ALL RIGHT. JOINING US NOW FROM WASHINGTON, JOINING US NOW FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH A LOOK AT AXIOS A.M. D.C. WITH A LOOK AT AXIOS A.M. COFOUNDER AND CEO OF AXIOS, MR. COFOUNDER AND CEO OF AXIOS, MR. JIM VANDEHEI. JIM VANDEHEI. GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US ON GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US ON THIS FRIDAY MORNING. THIS FRIDAY MORNING. GIVE IT TO US. GIVE IT TO US. WHAT IS AXIOS ONE BIG THING? WHAT IS AXIOS ONE BIG THING?>>WE’RE LOOKING AT HOW HARD IT>>WE’RE LOOKING AT HOW HARD IT IS IN THE DEMOCRATIC 2020 FIELD IS IN THE DEMOCRATIC 2020 FIELD FOR NONWHITE CANDIDATES. FOR NONWHITE CANDIDATES. AT THIS MOMENT RIGHT NOW, THE AT THIS MOMENT RIGHT NOW, THE FORWARD-LEADING CANDIDATES, ALL FORWARD-LEADING CANDIDATES, ALL WHITE, HAVE FOUR TIMES AS MUCH WHITE, HAVE FOUR TIMES AS MUCH CASH ON HAND AS THE FIVE CASH ON HAND AS THE FIVE NONWHITE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES. NONWHITE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES. THIS POINTS TO A LARGER PROBLEM THIS POINTS TO A LARGER PROBLEM FOR NONWHITE CANDIDATES, EVEN IN FOR NONWHITE CANDIDATES, EVEN IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHICH HAS A THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHICH HAS A MUCH MORE DIVERSE VOTING BASE, MUCH MORE DIVERSE VOTING BASE, MORE DIVERSITY IN THE HOUSE AND MORE DIVERSITY IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. SENATE. IT’S STILL A LOT HARDER FOR IT’S STILL A LOT HARDER FOR CANDIDATES WHO AREN’T WHITE IN CANDIDATES WHO AREN’T WHITE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO RAISE A THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY. LOT OF MONEY. IF YOU LOOK AT WHO THE BIG IF YOU LOOK AT WHO THE BIG DONORS ARE, THEY TEND TO BE DONORS ARE, THEY TEND TO BE WEALTHY, WHITE MEN. WEALTHY, WHITE MEN. AND THAT MONEY TENDS TO GET AND THAT MONEY TENDS TO GET DIRECTED AND DOES HAVE A REAL DIRECTED AND DOES HAVE A REAL EFFECT IN THE RACE. EFFECT IN THE RACE. AND SO IT’S MADE IT A LITTLE BIT AND SO IT’S MADE IT A LITTLE BIT HARDER FOR YOUR HARRISES OF THE HARDER FOR YOUR HARRISES OF THE WORLD TO REALLY THRIVE IN A RACE WORLD TO REALLY THRIVE IN A RACE WHERE PEOPLE THOUGHT YOU WOULD WHERE PEOPLE THOUGHT YOU WOULD HAVE MORE DIVERSITY AT THE TOP HAVE MORE DIVERSITY AT THE TOP OF THE FIELD. OF THE FIELD.>>SO LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT>>SO LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE EXCLUSIVE DATA ON THE ABOUT THE EXCLUSIVE DATA ON THE FREQUENCY OF SOCIAL MEDIA FREQUENCY OF SOCIAL MEDIA INTERACTIONS THAT YOU GUYS HAVE INTERACTIONS THAT YOU GUYS HAVE COMPILED FOR SOME OF THESE 2020 COMPILED FOR SOME OF THESE 2020 CANDIDATES IN THE MONTH OF THE CANDIDATES IN THE MONTH OF THE OCTOBER. OCTOBER. WHAT IS IT REVEALING? WHAT IS IT REVEALING?>>YEAH, DEMOCRATS HAVE –>>YEAH, DEMOCRATS HAVE — DEMOCRATS HAVE STRUGGLED TO GET DEMOCRATS HAVE STRUGGLED TO GET AS MUCH ATTENTION AS DONALD AS MUCH ATTENTION AS DONALD TRUMP. TRUMP. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT. ABOUT IMPEACHMENT. AND FOR IMPEACHMENT YOU HAD THAT AND FOR IMPEACHMENT YOU HAD THAT VOTE YESTERDAY WHERE YOU HAD VOTE YESTERDAY WHERE YOU HAD THIS PROJECTION OF UNITY. THIS PROJECTION OF UNITY. EVERY REPUBLICAN VOTED AGAINST EVERY REPUBLICAN VOTED AGAINST THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS. THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS. BUT BEHIND THE SCENES, YOU’RE BUT BEHIND THE SCENES, YOU’RE SEEING REAL ANGLEST ABOUT WHETHE SEEING REAL ANGLEST ABOUT WHETHE THEY HAVE TO CHANGE WITH THE THEY HAVE TO CHANGE WITH THE CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS. CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS. FOR OUR AXIOS SHOW THIS SUNDAY FOR OUR AXIOS SHOW THIS SUNDAY YOU’LL SEE REPRESENTATIVE HERD YOU’LL SEE REPRESENTATIVE HERD OF TEXAS, YOU’LL SEE OF TEXAS, YOU’LL SEE REPRESENTATIVE CRENSHAW OF TEXAS REPRESENTATIVE CRENSHAW OF TEXAS REALLY WRESTLING WHAT IT’S GOING REALLY WRESTLING WHAT IT’S GOING TO MEAN TO BE A REPUBLICAN IN A TO MEAN TO BE A REPUBLICAN IN A MORE DIVERSE NATION. MORE DIVERSE NATION.>>JIM, LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT>>JIM, LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT PROBE, IF ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT PROBE, IF WE CAN. WE CAN.>>DOES IT START LOOKING LIKE>>DOES IT START LOOKING LIKE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, THERE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, THERE WON’T BE A REPUBLICAN PARTY IN WON’T BE A REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS COUNTRY. BUT WE KNOW WHERE THE TRENDS ARE BUT WE KNOW WHERE THE TRENDS ARE GOING AND WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED GOING AND WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO DO. TO DO.>>I DON’T TAKE IT AS A GIVEN>>I DON’T TAKE IT AS A GIVEN BECAUSE YOU’RE NONWHITE THAT WE BECAUSE YOU’RE NONWHITE THAT WE SHOULD WORRY ABOUT YOU VOTING SHOULD WORRY ABOUT YOU VOTING DEMOCRAT. DEMOCRAT. I THINK DEMOCRATS TAKE THAT FOR I THINK DEMOCRATS TAKE THAT FOR GRANTED. GRANTED. THAT’S WHERE THIS CONVERSATION THAT’S WHERE THIS CONVERSATION COMES FROM. COMES FROM. THIS IDEA THAT YOUR THIS IDEA THAT YOUR CHARACTERISTICS SHOULD DRIVE HOW CHARACTERISTICS SHOULD DRIVE HOW YOU THINK, WHICH IS — I THINK YOU THINK, WHICH IS — I THINK THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT. THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT. I THINK IT’S CALLED RACISM. I THINK IT’S CALLED RACISM.>>YOU SEE — YOU SEE>>YOU SEE — YOU SEE REPUBLICANS REALLY, I THINK, AT REPUBLICANS REALLY, I THINK, AT THIS MOMENT LOOKING ESPECIALLY THIS MOMENT LOOKING ESPECIALLY AT THE STATE OF TEXAS AND SEEING AT THE STATE OF TEXAS AND SEEING THE DEMOGRAPHICS CHANGE AND THE DEMOGRAPHICS CHANGE AND WONDERING IF THIS IS THE WONDERING IF THIS IS THE ELECTION THAT RISING HISPANIC ELECTION THAT RISING HISPANIC POPULATION MAKES IT A LOT HARDER POPULATION MAKES IT A LOT HARDER TO COMPETE AT THE NATIONAL TO COMPETE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. LEVEL. THIS WILL BE OBSCURED A LITTLE THIS WILL BE OBSCURED A LITTLE BIT OF THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR BIT OF THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR MONTHS FOR IMPEACHMENT. MONTHS FOR IMPEACHMENT. BUT BEHIND THE SCENES IT’S THE BUT BEHIND THE SCENES IT’S THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT NUMBER ONE THING THAT REPUBLICANS ARE THINKING ABOUT REPUBLICANS ARE THINKING ABOUT AS THEY LOOK TO THE FUTURE. AS THEY LOOK TO THE FUTURE.>>JIM, AS THIS WEEK WINDS DOWN,>>JIM, AS THIS WEEK WINDS DOWN, OBVIOUSLY HISTORIC VOTE OBVIOUSLY HISTORIC VOTE YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD IN WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD? THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD? WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FOR? WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FOR?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>I DON’T KNOW. YOU WATCH A LOT OF THE COVERAGE YOU WATCH A LOT OF THE COVERAGE AND PEOPLE SAY REPUBLICANS IN AND PEOPLE SAY REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE MIGHT BE BREAKING, THE SENATE MIGHT BE BREAKING, THEY THEREMIGHT BE SOME THEY THEREMIGHT BE SOME THERE MIGHT BE SOME THAT WILL THERE MIGHT BE SOME THAT WILL TURN ON DONALD TRUMP. TURN ON DONALD TRUMP. I DON’T THINK THAT’S TRUE. I DON’T THINK THAT’S TRUE. FEW REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING NARY FEW REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING NARY A THING ABOUT DONALD TRUMP. A THING ABOUT DONALD TRUMP. EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN IN THE EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE VOTED WITH DONALD TRUMP ON HOUSE VOTED WITH DONALD TRUMP ON IMPEACHMENT. IMPEACHMENT. ONCE HE’S IMPEACHED AND HE WILL ONCE HE’S IMPEACHED AND HE WILL BE IMPEACHED PROBABLY IN BE IMPEACHED PROBABLY IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER AND THE NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER AND THE QUESTION IS IS HE AKWITDED QUESTION IS IS HE AKWITDED BECAUSE REPUBLICANS STAND WITH BECAUSE REPUBLICANS STAND WITH HIM. HIM. RIGHT NOW THE POLLS SUGGEST THAT RIGHT NOW THE POLLS SUGGEST THAT THEY’RE GOING TO STAND WITH THEY’RE GOING TO STAND WITH DONALD TRUMP AND YOU’VE GOT TO DONALD TRUMP AND YOU’VE GOT TO CHECK TO SEE IF A NEW EVIDENCE CHECK TO SEE IF A NEW EVIDENCE COMES OUT AND STARTS TO TRULY COMES OUT AND STARTS TO TRULY PERSUADE REPUBLICANS TO GO PERSUADE REPUBLICANS TO GO AGAINST THE BASE. AGAINST THE BASE. SO FAR IN THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY SO FAR IN THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY IS IT ALMOST NEVER HAPPENS. IS IT ALMOST NEVER HAPPENS.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT. JIM VANDEHEI LIVE IN WASHINGTON, JIM VANDEHEI LIVE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR US. D.C. FOR US. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE’RE GOING TO BE READING AXIOS