2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Sean Donovan, Editor in Chief

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While the next Presidential election is well over a year away, many Democratic candidates have announced they are running for the office. As of March 14, 2019, there are 13 contenders for the ticket.

This saturated pool of politicians may seem overwhelming, but here is a very legitimate breakdown of these candidates and some of their standings.

  • Senator Bernie Sanders: Same campaign as 2016, but this time he’s 77…
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar: She’s been in the news mainly because she routinely abuses and harrases her employees (think of the librarians when you have more than 4 to a table but x100).
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren: First Native American candidate!
  • Senator Kamala Harris: Golden child of the Democratic party, but she is also extremely open about her history with marijuana use.  Proclaiming “half of my family is from Jamaica,” she holds a bold stance on legalization and hopes to change stigmas around the drug (even though her father publically decried this comment).
  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard: First person to announce her candidacy for the 2020 ticket, her campaign is already in shambles as she has had to apologize two times for her past comments on various issues. (Side note: She starts off almost every speech/ video with “Aloha,” so you can tell she’s really in touch with the majority of America.)
  • Julián Castro: Aside from championing comprehensive immigration reform in his campaign, he has an accent in his name and an identical twin brother (body double?).
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Gillibrand has a reputation for swapping her positions on extremely important policies. Once a very conservative state senator from New York, she now epitomizes liberalism and champions her beliefs on inclusivity and feminism.
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Mayor of a city in Indiana and seems to be a typical, young, idealistic white male candidate, but BOOM! he’s also the first openly gay person to ever run for the presidency and he’s a veteran.
  • Senator Cory Booker: Unmarried wonderchild of Newark, New Jersey (who has heroically saved people from a burning building).
  • Governor Jay Inslee: Who? I don’t know, either. Self-proclaimed single issue candidate, he has high ambitions for reducing climate change and making the US a “Clean Energy Economy.” A truly amazing and respectable goal…but that is the only issue he has ever talked about during his campaign so far.
  • Governor John Hickenlooper: He has a weird last name, and, again, nobody really knew of him before he said he was running.
  • Beto O’Rouke: Was unable to oust Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) for his seat, so he decided to make his campaign national.

No one has any truly accurate predictions for how this race will go; there are so many candidates and it’s far too early in the race to prognosticate. People can only hope a new sense of clarity and vision will come from these campaigns.