2020 Presidential campaign intensifies with less than 14 months to go

Grace Crocker


Who is currently running for president? In the Democratic Party, a total of 19 politicians are in the race, whereas the Republican Party nominally has four. The current Democrats running are: Michael Bennett, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Wayne Messam, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Joe Sestak, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. The four Republicans are Mark Sanford, Donald Trump, Joe Walsh, and William Weld.

Previous candidates, who have now withdrawn from the race, were Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Seth Moulton, Richard Ojeda, Bill de Blasio, and Eric Swalwell.

President Donald Trump is running for re-election in 2020, while Hilary Clinton, who ran in 2016 against Donald Trump, has decided not to run. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee was in the race as well, but dropped out due to not receiving an invite to the September debate.

A quick rundown on the position of each current candidate is as follows; Bennett pushes for modernizing the economy in certain fields such as artificial intelligence, as well as increasing spending for infrastructure. Biden, a former U.S. Vice President, wishes to restore America’s standing on the global stage, while strengthening economic protection for low-income workers. Booker has proposed a government-run savings program called “baby bonds” to combat inequality. Bullock pushes early childhood education and other policies dealing with inequality. Buttigieg is focused on climate change and economic opportunity. Castro wishes to reform the immigration system and education policies. Delaney endorses universal health care. Gabbard opposes military intervention overseas. Harris has a liberal civil rights agenda. Klobuchar wishes to combat the opioid crisis and address the cost of prescription drugs. Messam has proposed cancelling student debt in America. O’Rourke has focused on immigration reform, the legalization of marijuana, and rural access to hospitals. Ryan plans to change trade deals, punish Chinese currency manipulation, and develop unions rights and the workforce. Sanders, a major candidate in the 2016 election, maintains his agenda of free college and Medicare for all as well as lessening billionaire influence on politics. Sestak’s focus is on climate change and America’s position in the world. Steyer has made it clear that his aim is to promote renewable energy. Warren’s focus is on income equality. Williamson has proposed reparations for slavery. Yang is running on the idea to establish a basic $1,000 per month to all US citizens. Sanford wants to use his platform to address America’s debt. Trump, if re-elected, wishes to restrict immigration by building a wall at the border of Mexico, renegotiate international trade deals, and withdraw American troops from overseas. Walsh wishes to reduce the national debt, secure the border, and defeat Trump. Lastly, Weld favors free trade and moderate immigration reform.

The 59th presidential election of the United States will take place on Nov. 3, 2020. The winner of the election will be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021.

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