Donald Trump – President 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 Klobuchar – Minnesota 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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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 Hickenlooper – Former 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.
Marianne Williamson – Self-help author, new age lecturer