Who is running for President in 2020?

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Republican Candidates

President Donald TrumpPresident Trump filed to run for re-election way back on Jan. 20, 2017. (Yep, the same day he took office) It’s unlikely many Republicans will jump into the race unless something dramatically changes. Trump’s base is strong and there is enough division among the United States as a whole that neither party can afford to have divisiveness in its own party. While the ongoing government shutdown will certainly not help his re-election hopes, Trump will obviously be a strong contender a year and a half from now. Also, look out for a new slogan. Many expect the MAGA slogan to change to “Keep America Great.”

William Weld — The Libertarian Party’s 2016 vice presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, said Monday he will run for president in 2020, this time as a Republican planning to go head-to-head with President Donald Trump in the primaries.

Weld, who served as governor of Massachusetts from 1991 until his 1997 resignation to pursue an ambassadorship, has never hidden his distaste for Trump.  Read More

Democrat Candidates

Joe Biden— Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday in Tennessee that eight years of a Donald Trump presidency would “fundamentally” change the character of the country, repeating his call to fellow Democrats for unity to oppose the Republican incumbent in 2020.

The message spelled out on a Nashville campaign fundraising stop evoked remarks the prominent presidential contender made days earlier in Philadelphia, arguing that the Democrats cannot win against Trump if they focus on selecting an angry nominee.   Read more

Sen. Bernie Sanders – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020.

“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump,” the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist said in an email to supporters. “Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

An enthusiastic progressive who embraces proposals ranging from Medicare for All to free college tuition, Sanders stunned the Democratic establishment in 2016 with his spirited challenge to Hillary Clinton. While she ultimately became the party’s nominee, his campaign helped lay the groundwork for the leftward lurch that has dominated Democratic politics in the Trump era. Read more here.

Sen. Kamala Harris –  Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump’s nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Jan. 21. She made the announcement on “Good Morning America.” In a video distributed when she announced, Sen. Harris portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency, and equality. Read more here.

Mayor Bill de Blasio – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio entered the 2020 Democratic presidential primary Thursday morning, casting himself as the most accomplished progressive pick in a field of 23 candidates vying for a chance to challenge President Donald Trump next year.

In his announcement video, de Blasio took aim at Trump, calling him a “bully,” then in an interview on ABC later in the morning said the President is “playing a big con on America.”
“Every New Yorker knows, he’s a con artist,” de Blasio said. “We know his tricks, we know his playbook.”   More on de Blasio

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand –  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entered the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Jan. 15. She announced on “The Colbert Report.” She listed a series of issues she’d tackle as president, including better health care for families, stronger public schools and more accessible job training. Gillibrand, who was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, has been among the Senate’s most vocal members on issues like sexual harassment, military sexual assault, equal pay for women and family leave, issues that could be central to her presidential campaign.  Gillibrand told Colbert, “fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own.” Read more here.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren – Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build “an America that works for everyone.”

Warren delivered a sharp call for change at her presidential kickoff, decrying a “middle-class squeeze” that has left Americans crunched with “too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else.” She and her backers hope that message can distinguish her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage.  Read more here.

Sen. Amy KlobucharMinnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday joined the growing group of Democrats jostling to be president and positioned herself as the most prominent Midwestern candidate in the field, as her party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

“For every American, I’m running for you,” she told an exuberant crowd gathered on a freezing, snowy afternoon at a park along the Mississippi River with the Minneapolis skyline in the background. Read more here. 

Rep. Tim Ryan – Rep. Tim Ryan said Sunday that his 2020 presidential campaign is about “rebuilding the middle class” in the United States.

Ryan, who has represented the state’s 13th Congressional District since 2003, announced his candidacy earlier this month during an appearance on “The View.”

Ryan said during his announcement that he’s running because of the economic challenges facing the industrial Midwest, specifically the closure of a General Motors factory in his district late last year.  Read More

Julian Castro –  The former secretary of Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama announced his candidacy on Jan. 12. “I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership, because it’s time for new energy, and it’s time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities I’ve had are available for every American,” he said to a crowd. in San Antonio. Castro will focus on education, healthcare, reforms to the immigration system, raising the minimum wage, and climate change. Read more here

Beto O’Rourke – Democrat Beto O’Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race March 14, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from across the political spectrum as he tries to translate his sudden celebrity into a formidable White House bid.

The former Texas congressman began his campaign by taking his first ever trip to Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential primary voting. In tiny Burlington, in southeast Iowa, he scaled a counter to be heard during an afternoon stop at a coffee shop. More here.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., joined the pool of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates after making a long-anticipated announcement on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert. 

“It’s official,” Swalwell said on the show. “Boy did it feel good to say that.”

At the top of his agenda is gun control and the day after his announcement, Swalwell was holding a Town Hall to End Gun Violence in Sunrise, Florida, with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and families. The Parkland, Florida school was the scene of a mass shooting. Seventeen people were killed in the 2018 massacre.   Read More

Sen. Cory Booker – Sen. Cory Booker officially joined the crowded field of Democratic presidential primary hopefuls Friday morning, the latest step in a near-decade-long journey toward an anticipated campaign to be the second African-American U.S. president.

Booker’s announcement arrived in a video outlining a theme of unity and togetherness, describing an optimistic vision of what could be accomplished through “courage” and “collective action.”

Rep. Seth Moulton – Democratic presidential candidate Seth Moulton on Tuesday unveiled his plan to address mental health coverage, detailing a proposal that would increase mental health screenings for active-duty and military veterans and establish a new National Mental Health Crisis Hotline.

The new policy proposal is personal for Moulton, an Iraq War veteran and Massachusetts congressman who has disclosed his own struggles with post-traumatic stress after his four deployments with the United States Marine Corps.   Read more

Sen. Tulsi Gabbard  Hawaii Rep. Gabbard announced on Jan. 11 she would be running for President. The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is the first Hindu elected to Congress and the first member born in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.  Gabbard was one of the most prominent lawmakers to back Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Her endorsement came in dramatic fashion, with her resigning as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to express her support. Read more here.

John Delaney – Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, the first Democrat to announce a run for president back in July 2017, pledged that if he were elected president in 2020, he would only pursue policy that has the support of both political parties.

“What the American people are really looking for is a leader to try to bring us together, not actually talk like half the country’s entirely wrong about everything they believe,” Delaney said on “This Week” Sunday.  Read more here

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Democrat Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, says he’s forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid.

“Right now our country needs a fresh start,” he says.

Buttigieg has touted his work to improve his city of 100,000 residents as he’s prepared for a jump from local politics to a presidential campaign. He’s also said Democrats could benefit from a new generation of leaders as they try to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020.   Read more here.

Mayor Wayne Messam, the little-known mayor of Miramar, Florida, announced Thursday that he is running for president, launching a campaign that will look to accomplish the unlikely: Turning the mayor of the 140,000-person town into the next president of the United States.

Messam, in a highly produced video released to CNN, tells voters that he is running for president and rails against what he calls a “broken” federal government in Washington, DC.

“When you have a senior citizen who can’t afford her prescription medicine, Washington is broken. When our scientists are telling us if we don’t make drastic changes today, the quality of our air will be in peril, Washington is broken,” Messam says in the video.    “Everyday people are graduating from universities with crippling debt stifling their opportunity for financial mobility, that is what’s broken with this country.”   Read More

Andrew Yang – Andrew Yang wants to be president and promises to give every adult in America $1,000 a month. 

He is running a presidential campaign most commonly noted for its support of universal basic income — a pledge to provide all Americans 18 and older with $1,000 per month.

Yang speaks frequently about both income inequality and the economic transformation that has enriched certain parts of the country while disproportionately harming regions that have failed to keep pace.   Read more here.

Gov. Jay Inslee – Inslee has held elected office for much of the last three decades and has been an outspoken progressive executive since he became governor in 2013. He has been a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump, including suing the President after he tried to ban immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. Now, Inslee is running as the climate change candidate.

John HickenlooperFormer Governor of Colorado from 2011 – 2019, Hickenlooper helped steer the state through several tragedies, including the 2012 shooting in a movie theater in Aurora that left 12 people dead and catastrophic wildfires and floods in 2013. Before his two terms as governor, he served as Denver’s mayor for eight years, after opening a large brewpub there in 1988 that went on to help reinvigorate the LoDo area of Denver.

Gov. Steve Bullock – The governor of Montana takes over the ninth spot after announcing his campaign last week. He had a good first week, announcing that he raised $1 million in the first 24 hours and earning the endorsement of the most popular Democrat in Iowa (Attorney General Tom Miller). And he’s basing his campaign pitch on being a Democrat who can win in a red state — exactly the type of message that could resonate in a year in which Democrats prize electability. Bullock’s problem is that he needs to become better-known (and probably needs Joe Biden to stumble) to carry the electability mantle. (CNN.COM)

Sen. Michael Bennett – U.S.Senator from Colorado is a moderate Democrat known for seeking compromise.  He is calling for modernizing the economy in fields such as artificial intelligence and wants to increase infrastructure spending.

Marianne Williamson – Self-help author, new age lecturer

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