Supporters of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker rally for the Democratic presidential hopeful ahead of Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's "World Famous Fish Fry" on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

The Latest: Warren promises wealth tax on richest Americans

June 21, 2019 - 8:01 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local):

10:55 p.m.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is promising to impose a wealth tax on the richest Americans, declaring, "I'm in this fight because I believe that the time for small ideas is over."

Warren says she'd use the proceeds to provide universal child care until age 5, as well as universal pre-kindergarten and tuition-free college for nearly all Americans.

Drawing sustained applause, Warren yelled her way through much of her 1-minute speech at Rep. Jim Clyburn's fish fry in South Carolina.

She says, "We need to have courage in this country."


10:40 p.m.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is poking fun at President Donald Trump for all but sending the country "to war by tweet," while businessman Andrew Yang is promoting his plan for a universal, guaranteed, monthly income of $1,000.

Yang says his plan to provide $1,000 per month to all Americans is "a vision of a trickle up economy," drawing some of the loudest applause of the night as 20-plus candidates each took the stage for one minute to address a crowd of hundreds at South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn's fish fry.

Yang declared, "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math," prompting chants of, "Andrew! Andrew! Andrew!"


10:30 p.m.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking South Carolina Democrats to "imagine a woman not just having a seat at the table, but having a seat at the head of the table."

Gillibrand has made defending women's rights a centerpiece of her presidential campaign and says she has "taken on the powerful and the corrupt my entire career."

Gillibrand is promising to "take on the battles others won't," adding of President Donald Trump, "The best way to take on a bully is to stand up to him."

She is also noting that more than 100 women ran for Congress in 2018 and won.

Gillibrand is among the White House hopefuls speaking Friday at South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn's annual fish fry.


10:15 p.m.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke is telling South Carolina Democrats that he wants a country where the "full story of the United States" is told.

O'Rourke says he's trying to do that by traveling to all corners of the state that hosts the South's first presidential primary. O'Rourke named key parts of the state where the black population is concentrated.

South Carolina is the first state in the Democrats' nominating process where black voters cast a majority of primary ballots.


10:10 p.m.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is reminding South Carolina voters of his long ties to the state that holds the South's first presidential primary.

Biden is among the first White House hopefuls speaking at South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn's fish fry. It's an annual event that is reaching its peak this weekend as more than 20 candidates visit the state for high-profile events.

Biden told more than 1,500 attendees that he's "been in every one of your counties over the years." Biden is leading in early polls on his strength among older black and white voters.


8 p.m.

It's been part of South Carolina politics for nearly three decades, but House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's "World Famous Fish Fry" is a little different this year, becoming a showpiece Democratic event in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

At Clyburn's invitation, 21 Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination will address a crowd in downtown Columbia on Friday night. The gathering marks the first time so many hopefuls from the sprawling field will appear at the same event and comes just days before the first primary debates.

The fish fry is a highlight of a big political weekend in South Carolina, with many candidates also attending the state party's annual fundraising gala.

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