Who’s Running for President in 2020?

Filed in Headlines Nigeria by on May 9, 2019
Who’s Running for President in 2020? Only 21 people, officially now, But It looks like half the Democratic Party is running for the White House.
Michael Bennet, 54
Senator from Colorado
“We cannot be the first generation to leave less to our kids, not more. That’s why I’m running for President. Let’s build opportunity for every American and restore integrity to our government.”

A moderate Democrat known for seeking compromise.

Is best known for being a part of the so-called Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group that crafted a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013.

Announced in early April that he had prostate cancer, but has since had surgery that his staff called “completely successful.”

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has called for modernizing the economy in fields like artificial intelligence and increasing infrastructure spending.

Joseph R. Biden Jr., 76
Former vice president; former senator from Delaware
“If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

Has run for president twice before.

Is among the best-liked figures in the Democratic Party, known for his down-to-earth personality and his ability to connect with working-class voters.

Regards 2020 as his last chance to run for president.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Restoring America’s standing on the global stage; strengthening economic protections for low-income workers in industries like manufacturing and fast food.

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Cory Booker, 50
Senator from New Jersey; former mayor of Newark
“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind … where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame.”

Would be one of the most gifted orators in the field, running on a politics of uplift that could recall President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Enjoys a vast fund-raising base, thanks to longstanding connections to donorsaround the country.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has been one of the leaders in the Senate on criminal justice reform, but his appeal would most likely center on his call to unify the country.

Pete Buttigieg, 37
Mayor of South Bend, Ind.; military veteran
“I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future.”

Began to draw national notice after delivering an essay that counseled Democrats on how to recover from their defeats in the 2016 elections.

Has embarked on a long-shot campaignthat may test the appeal of a youthful profile over more traditional qualifications.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has stressed his generational identity and called for policies on issues like climate change and economic opportunity.

Julián Castro, 44
Former housing secretary; former mayor of San Antonio
“I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership. Because it’s time for new energy.”

Opted out of challenging Senator Ted Cruz for the Senate in the 2018 midterm elections.

Once a rising political star, has struggled to find a role during the Trump administration.

Money could be an issue, especially if former Representative Beto O’Rourke, a small donor magnet, also mounts a bid.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has emphasized a platform of universal prekindergarten, “Medicare for all” and immigration reform.

John Delaney, 56
Former congressman from Maryland; former businessman
“I think I’m the right person for the job, but not enough people knew who I was or still know who I am.”

Was elected to the House in 2012 as a “pragmatic idealist,” in his telling.

Has already visited every county in Iowa, though it’s unclear if he has improved his long-shot prospects.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has pitched himself as a bipartisan problem-solver, but has also endorsed liberal causes like universal health care.

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Tulsi Gabbard, 38
Congresswoman from Hawaii; Army National Guard veteran
“There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve.”

Supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries.

Has drawn condemnation for meeting with Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has been accused of using chemical weapons against civilians.

Has apologized for her history of anti-gay statements and her past work for an anti-gay advocacy group.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Opposition to American military intervention overseas, including in countries like Syria.

Kirsten Gillibrand, 52
Senator from New York; former congresswoman
“I’m going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom I am going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own.”

Was once a congresswoman from a conservative House district (with policy positions to match).

Has transformed herself into a progressive champion in President Trump’s Washington, becoming one of the Senate’s leading liberal voices.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Has long placed women’s equality and opportunity at the center of her policy agenda.

Kamala Harris, 54
Senator from California; former attorney general of California; former San Francisco district attorney
“I believe our country wants and needs some leadership that provides a vision of the country in which everyone could see themselves.”

Would bring a star power and history-making potential to the race that few other Democrats can match.

One of few new Democrats to join the Senate after 2016.

Quickly drew notice for her tough questioning of Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees — and later, his Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Unveiled middle-class tax cut legislation last fall, and has championed a liberal civil rights agenda in the Senate.

John Hickenlooper, 67
Former governor of Colorado; former mayor of Denver
“I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver.”

A political moderate with a record of success in a purple state.

A former geologist who struck it rich when he opened a brewery in Denver.

Will probably cast himself as someone who can attract support from a broad coalition, though some of his victories entailed cutting deals with the Republican business establishment.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has stressed his record of consensus-building around issues like expanding Medicaid, gay rights and gun control.

Jay Inslee, 68
Governor of Washington State; former congressman
“I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s No. 1 priority.”

A two-term governor known for his environmental policies.

Has become one of the party’s most forceful climate advocates, calling on Democrats to embrace a green-energy jobs program.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has made climate a centerpiece of his agenda as governor and as a national figure, campaigning widely in the midterm elections on a message of creating renewable energy jobs.

Amy Klobuchar, 58
Senator from Minnesota; former Hennepin County, Minn., attorney
“It is time to organize, time to galvanize, time to take back our democracy.”

Became a hero to many Democrats for her stern, cool questioning of Brett M. Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

Has called for Democrats to focus on reclaiming the swing states in the middle of the country.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has championed legislation to combat the opioid crisis and drug addiction, and to address the cost of prescription drugs.

Wayne Messam, 44
Mayor of Miramar, Fla.; former college football champion
“America belongs to all of us. The promise of America belongs to all of us. That’s why I’m going to be running for president. To be your champion.”

Defeated a long-time incumbent to become his city’s first black mayor.

Has taken progressive stances on guns, immigration and environmental issues.

A first-generation American born to Jamaican parents, he is hoping to tap into the Caribbean-American community to help fuel his long-shot bid.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Has proposed canceling the more than $1.5 trillion in student debt owed by 44 million Americans.

Seth Moulton, 40
Congressman from Massachusetts; Iraq War veteran
“I’m running because we have to beat Donald Trump. And I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country.”

Won his congressional seat in 2014 after ousting a longtime Democratic incumbent.

Has made his military service a key piece of his political brand.

Helped lead an effort to oppose electing Representative Nancy Pelosi speaker in the new Congress.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has stressed his four tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps and called for a new approach to foreign policy, national security and defense.

Beto O’Rourke, 46
Former congressman from Texas; 2018 Senate candidate
“This is going to be a positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a divided country.”

Became a celebrity of Democratic politics in the Trump age, and narrowly lost to Senator Ted Cruz in 2018.

Has delivered a message of national unity and red-state liberalism via constant social media livestreaming to voters inside and outside Texas.

Any success in 2020 would draw from this viral appeal, particularly to younger Democrats, and from the small-dollar fund-raising army it has earned him.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has focused on immigration reform, marijuana legalization and rural hospital access.

Tim Ryan, 45
Congressman from Ohio; former congressional staffer
“I’ve watched the American Dream slip through the fingers of many Americans … It’s time for us to start building the America we deserve.”

Joined Congress at age 29 and has positioned himself as a voice for blue-collar voters in the Midwest.

Challenged Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader after the 2016 election, winning 63 votes to her 134.

Once an opponent of abortion rights, gradually reversed his position and announced in 2015 he considered abortion a “personal choice.”

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Renegotiating or enforcing trade deals; punishing Chinese currency manipulation; unions rights and workforce development.

Bernie Sanders, 77
Senator from Vermont; former congressman
“The only way we will win this election and create a government and economy that work for all is with a grassroots movement — the likes of which has never been seen in American history.”

A self-described democratic socialist.

Was the runner-up in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Would begin a second White House race with a more extensive organization-in-waiting than any other candidate in the Democratic primary.

Might face difficulties retaining the level of support he enjoyed in what was effectively a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: “Medicare for all,” free college tuition and curtailing the influence of, as he calls them, “the billionaires.”

Eric Swalwell, 38
Congressman from California
“The biggest question that any candidate should ask themselves is, ‘Can you make a difference for the people who you’d serve?’ And I believe I could.”

Has a growing national profile, thanks to his popularity as a cable news guest.

As a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, could have a high-profile presence on issues like impeachment and the Russia investigation.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has stressed his experience as a prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration; proposed funding for innovation in medical research; pushed for a national ban on assault weapons.

Elizabeth Warren, 69
Senator from Massachusetts; former Harvard professor
“It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government, and that includes a woman at the top.”

Has done some of the most extensive preparations for a presidential run.

Attempted to dispatch questions about her Native American heritage by releasing the results of a DNA test.

That effort raised questions about her readiness for a national bid.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Income inequality and what she sees as a middle class under attack from big corporations and political corruption.

Marianne Williamson, 66
Self-help author, new age lecturer
“We need a moral and spiritual awakening in the country … Nothing short of that is adequate to fundamentally change the patterns of our political dysfunction.”

The author of more than a dozen self-help and spirituality books.

Ran for Congress as an independent in 2014, and lost.

Championed the rights of gay men with AIDS, founding a charity that now supplies meals to people with serious illnesses.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has proposed $100 billion in reparations for slavery, with $10 billion to be distributed annually over a decade for economic and education projects.

Andrew Yang, 44
Former tech executive who founded an economic development nonprofit
“Universal basic income is an old idea, but it’s an old idea that right now is uniquely relevant because of what we’re experiencing in society.”

Is running a long-shot campaign on a proposal to establish a universal basic income funded by the government.

Has drawn some media attention for highlighting tech issues like robotics and artificial intelligence.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Establishing a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for all Americans.

Donald J. Trump, 72
U.S. president; real estate developer; reality television star
“Considering that we have done more than any administration in the first two years, this should be easy. More great things now in the works!”

Main legislative accomplishment as president: a sweeping tax cut that chiefly benefited corporations and wealthy investors.

Has focused on undoing the policies of the Obama administration, including on health careenvironmental regulationand immigration.

Faces multiple serious legal investigations, though the recent report by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, found no evidence he coordinated with Russia’s 2016 election interference.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Restricting immigration and building a wall at the Mexican border; renegotiating or canceling international deals on trade, arms control and climate change; withdrawing American troops from overseas.

William F. Weld, 73
Former governor of Massachusetts; former federal prosecutor
“I hope to see the Republican Party assume once again the mantle of being the party of Lincoln.”

Ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016.

Is exploring a primary challenge to Mr. Trump, presenting himself as a voice for alienated moderates and mainstream conservatives.

Emerged as a vocal critic of Mr. Trump during the 2016 election, saying his call to deport immigrants evoked Kristallnacht.

SIGNATURE ISSUES: Favors fiscal restraint, free trade and moderate immigration reform; has endorsed steps to legalize marijuana.

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