Current Candidates for the 2020 Presidential Election

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Current Candidates for the 2020 Presidential Election

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Republicans:

 

Mark Sanford (59) – Sanford is a former congressman from South Carolina and a former governor for the state. He originally supported Donald Trump in 2016 but is now one of his most outspoken critics in Congress. During his second term as governor, his involvement in an affair was brought to light. His goal, as a fiscal conservative, is to utilize his campaign to force a national debate over America’s growing debt.

 

Donald Trump (73) – Trump is the current U.S. president as well as a lucrative businessman. His main legislative achievement during his first term as president was a tax cut made to benefit big corporations and the wealthy. He has also focused on reversing certain policies of the Obama administration such as health care, immigration and environmental regulation. He has faced several legal investigations regarding corruption, but there has been no concrete evidence found that would incriminate him. His main concerns are arms control, climate change, the restriction of immigration as well as building a wall on the Mexican border. He  wants to renegotiate or cancel international deals for trade and withdraw troops from overseas.

 

Bill Weld (57) – Weld is a conservative radio show host and a former congressmen from Illinois. He supported Trump in 2016 simply because “he wasn’t Hillary Clinton”, but has since terminated his support. His main issues are the reduction of national debt, securing the border, containing executive power and defeating Donald Trump who “can’t be trusted.”

 

Joe Walsh (74) – Walsh is the former governor of Massachusetts and a former federal prosecutor. He ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket in 2016. He is presenting himself as a voice for mainstream conservatives and moderates. He is a outspoken critic of Trump during the 2016 election, opposing his call to deport immigrants. His main concerns are moderate immigration reform and free trade. He also supports the legalization of marijuana.

 

Democrats:

 

Michael Bennet (54) – Bennet is senator from Colorado and a moderate Democrat. He holds a reputation for reaching compromises. His main issues are the modernization of the economy with regard to artificial intelligence and an increase in spending on infrastructure.

 

Joe Biden (76) – Biden is a former vice president and has already run for president twice in the past. He is well known for being pragmatic and connecting with voters in the working-class. His focus is on fortifying the economic protection for low-income workers in industries such as fast food and manufacturing. He also wants to reestablish the standing of America on a global level.

 

Cory Booker (50) – Booker is a senator from New Jersey and is a gifted public speaker. He has extensive funding due to connections with donors around the country. He is working in the Senate, as a leader, for criminal justice reform. Booker has also proposed a plan called “baby bonds” which is a government-run savings program whose goal is to curb inequality.

 

Steve Bullock (53) – Bullock is the governor of Montana and is known for being rational. He is in favor of the assault weapons ban and his main focus is lessening economic inequality. He also values education during early childhood.

 

Pete Buttigieg (37)  – Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and is a military veteran. He wrote an essay advising Democrats on how to recuperate from their defeat in the 2016 election which gained notice on a national level. He is focused on economic opportunity and climate change.

 

Julian Castro (45) – Castro is the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas. He made an impression in the first debate in June when he claimed the nation would be saying “adios” to Donald Trump soon. He wants improvement in the immigration system with regards to education policies like universal preschool and decriminalizing border crossing.

 

John Delaney (56) – Delaney is a former congressman from Maryland and he has been campaigning for president since 2017. He has labeled himself as a “bipartisan problem-solver”, but he has also supported more liberal causes such as universal health care.

 

Tulsi Gabbard (38) – Gabbard is a congresswoman from Hawaii and a National Guard veteran. She was a supporter of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries and has apologized for her work in the past with an anti-gay advocacy group. Her main focus is her opposition to American military intervention overseas, specifically countries like Syria.

 

Kamala Harris (54) – Harris is a senator from California and a former attorney general. She caught attention when scrutinizing Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees and his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. She is focused on legislation for a middle-class tax cut and is fighting for the liberal civil rights agenda in the Senate.

 

Amy Klobuchar (59) – Klobuchar is a senator from Minnesota and a former attorney. She became well viewed by Democrats after her questioning of Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing. She wants Democrats to focus on regaining swing states. She values the issues of the opioid crisis as well as drug addiction. She has also addressed prescription drug cost.

 

Wayne Messam (45) – Messam is the mayor of Miramar, Florida. He ran against an incumbent for mayor and won, making him the city’s first black mayor. He has a progressive viewpoint on immigration, guns and environmental issues. He is a first-generation American with Jamaican parents. His main issue is his proposal to cancel more than $1.5 trillion in student debt.

 

Beto O’Rourke (47) – O’Rourke is a former congressman from Texas and a 2018 Senate candidate. He narrowly lost to Ted Cruz in the 2018 Senate election and values national unity. His funding has begun to dry up in the second quarter of 2019. His main focuses are rural hospital access, immigration reform and marijuana legalization. (Just withdrew)

 

Bernie Sanders (78) – Sanders is a senator from Vermont and a former congressman. He describes himself as a democratic socialist and has made progressive proposals such as tuition-free public college and Medicare for all. He was the runner-up in the 2016 Democratic primary and has little chance of winning in 2020 due to his age and frail appearance.

 

Joe Sestak (67) – Sestak is a former congressman from Pennsylvania and a former Navy admiral. His is fairly unknown to the public, but in 2006 he became the highest-ranking military officer to be elected to Congress. He is most concerned with combating climate change and reestablishing the U.S.’s ranking in the world.

 

Tom Steyer (62) – Steyer is a climate change and impeachment activist as well as a billionaire former hedge fund executive. He began as an environmental activist. Then, he started spending millions of dollars on television ads demanding Donald Trump’s impeachment. His main issues are promoting renewable energy, fighting climate change and impeaching Trump.

 

Elizabeth Warren (70) – Warren is a senator from Massachusetts and a former Harvard professor. Believes strongly in a need for “big structural change” and has made many plans with a central goal of improving the economy. Her main concerns are income inequality and the attack on the middle class by political corruption and big corporations.

 

Marianne Williamson (67) – Williamson has little to no prior political experience. She is a new age lecturer and a self-help author. In 2014 she ran for Congress as an independent and lost. She fought for the rights of gay men with AIDS by founding a charity that supplies meals to people with serious illnesses. She has proposed $100 billion in restitution for slavery, and for $10 billion to be given out annually for a decade to use for economic and educational projects.

 

Andrew Yang (44) – Yang is a former tech executive who founded a nonprofit for economic development. The basis of his campaign is a proposal to establish a universal basic income of $1,000 per month. He has gain attention from the media for pointing out tech issues such as artificial intelligence.

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